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NBA Open Court, Austin Reaves, and Mick Cronin Circle-Up Reflection Questions


1 - Mick Cronin | Adapt

2 - Steve Kerr | Be Authentic

3 - Nate McMillan | Who Do We Want to Become?

4 - Austin Reaves | Work Ethic

5 - Austin Reaves | Know the Game and Stay in the Gym


Mick Cronin | ADAPT


Mick Cronin is the head basketball coach at UCLA. He was asked about the transfer portal. He said, “It's just different. The dying words of every successful business is someone sitting there and saying This is how we have always done things.


It's easy to complain about changes, but will complaining really help your situation? What are some changes you are having to face and respond to that aren’t easy? How are you handling the change?

SOMETHING(s) TO THINK ABOUT


1 - What is the biggest takeaway from this video?

2 - What are some changes in your industry that you have to be responsive to?

NBA OPEN COURT


NBA Open Court is one of my favorite shows. For one hour, NBA coaches, players, and GMs talk about their experience in the NBA and with sports in general. In the video below, a group of coaches answers questions about what they talk about with each other, how they establish their teams’ cultures, and how they respond to challenges.


You can watch the full video here:

Steve Kerr | BE AUTHENTIC


At the 9:10 mark, Steve Kerr was asked what keeps his program and culture on a certain track. He laughed and said, “Having great players is the key to everything.” He said his job is to keep the train moving all the time.


He also said every coach has a different style based on their own personality, but it has to be authentic. Whoever you are as a person, your team should reflect your values and what you believe in.


I think this is a good message for young coaches, teachers, and leaders. Figure out who you are, what your values are, and align your words, actions, and the way you teach, coach, and lead to your values so that you come off real and authentic.


SOMETHING(s) TO THINK ABOUT


1 - What is the biggest takeaway from this video?

2 - What are your values, and how do you communicate them to your team?

3 - What do you want your players, your parents, and your peers to say about you?

Nate McMillan | Who Do We Want to Become?


How do you improve after losing your best player?


Nate McMillan is a former NBA athlete and head coach.


At the 15:13 mark of the video below, Coach Nate McMillan talks about how they were able to improve after trading their best player. He said they asked themselves, “Who do we want to become?”


He said they wanted to create a culture where guys played the right way, together and respected the game. Every team has talent, but when you play the game together and the right way, you will give yourself a chance to win games.


SOMETHING(s) TO THINK ABOUT


1 - What is the biggest takeaway from this video?

2 - What are some changes in your industry that you have to be responsive to?

Austin Reaves | All the Smoke


Austin Reaves is a professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Wichita State Shockers and the Oklahoma Sooners. He joined the Lakers as an undrafted free agent.


He was recently on the All the Smoke Podcast where he talked about how he learned his work ethic growing up in Arkansas with his brother.


You can watch the full video here:

WORK ETHIC


At the 30:05 mark, Austin Reaves was asked how it was growing up in Arkansas. He said he lived on 300 acres, so he could go days without seeing anyone. He said it taught him how to have a strong work ethic. His older brother used to drag him to the gym and told him that he had to do and be more because of where he was from. He said it taught him how to put his head down and just work.


SOMETHING(s) TO THINK ABOUT


1 - What is the biggest takeaway from this video?

2 - There are advantages and disadvantages that come with where we are from. What is the biggest advantage you have based on where you are from or where you were raised?

3 - What is the biggest disadvantage you have based on where you are from or where you were raised?

KNOW THE GAME AND STAY IN THE GYM


Later, Austin said so much of the game is mental. If you know the game at a high level, there is always a place for you and you can play anywhere.


He then said, “Stay in the gym. Distractions are everywhere, but lock in because it can go fast.”


SOMETHING(s) TO THINK ABOUT


1 - What is the biggest takeaway from this video?

2 - What are some changes in your industry that you have to be responsive to?



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