Good article linked below by Larry Brown on Bill Self prior to Self’s enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last weekend. Self and Brown’s relationship stretch back to Self working Brown’s camps at KU as a counselor. Self would go on to work for Brown as a graduate assistant.
But to me the most amazing thing to watch is how Bill works with the kids. That’s the heart of the profession, after all. For some of the new generation of kids we get in college now, they have a hard time telling the difference between criticism and coaching. And the fact is that you can’t fool kids — they’re too smart and there’s too much at stake for some of them. Bill not only gets on his kids, but he does it in a way that the kids understand instinctively that he cares. He’s not afraid to coach them, and the kids crave that. They might not seem like it sometimes, but eventually they get it.
For more on Bill Self:
-Bill Self clinic notes (LINK)
-Bill Self on shot selection (LINK)
-Players, not wins, stand out most to Self (LINK)
-How KU’s Self is molding his new team…to be like his old ones (LINK)