As I begin my 7th year as a player development coach in the NBA, I often get asked “what are the most important things that make up a workout program”……There is no simple answer. The skills of each player varies, as do the situations for each individual workout. Before a coach can begin to develop what a workout looks like on the court, they should, in my opinion, be aware of the 5 Musts of P.D.
1. Care…..A simple thing because we all profess to care about what we do. However, to a player or student, the age old adage of “they don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care”, is so true. Especially at our level….guys can sense a phony a mile away. Being sincere about how much you care about the players is paramount….and they have to sense it and know it.
2. Knowledge……You have to know your stuff and be able to teach. Any part of their game that you can help improve which could lead to more playing time, (and all that could potentially come as a result), is what they want. Know the game and how incorporate their skills into what your team is trying to do. Study, research, know hoops history, and stay on top of trends.
3. Availability…..Be there for them 24/7. Be able to get the the gym within 15 minutes.
4. Sweat Equity……Sweat with them, work with them, get in the trenches with them……you may get a few bumps and bruises along the way, but it lets them know you are not above getting in the foxhole.
5. Trust……the most important thing. They have to trust you have their best interests at heart. They have to trust that certain conversations won’t go any further than you and him . Once that trust is developed, the potential for a great relationship is established.