24 Hours on an NBA Bench

Paul Flannery of SB Nation spent 24 hours with Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Stephen Silas as he readied for a game versus the Boston Celtics. The article offers a really cool glimpse into the life of an NBA assistant as the writer tags along with the team for shootaround, sits with Silas as he scouts an upcoming opponent, and observes his pregame work with Charlotte’s wing players. I appreciate Pat Clatchey for passing this article along.

Clifford was immediately drawn to how Silas interacts with players.  A special education major in college, Clifford notes something a former professor had told him about teaching: “If you gain the right type of communication with your group they will try hard to meet your expectations,” Clifford says. “That’s what he’s very good at. He has a way to gain their respect and establish the right kind of credibility so they know he can help them. There’s nothing more important than that.”


For more on NBA assistant coaches:
-Inside the pursuit of an NBA coaching job (LINK)
-A long road to an NBA bench (LINK)
-Burke: The brain behind the Pacers’ D (LINK)

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