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The Basketball Podcast

Nov 21, 2018

Dave Severns, Mistakes We Make in Coaching

Guest: Dave Severns, LA Clippers Pro Personnel Scout

In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, LA Clippers Pro Personnel scout Dave Severns joins the Basketball Podcast with Chris Oliver to discuss mistakes we make in coaching. The conversation focuses on high school basketball, but applies to all coaching. Solutions to prevent or counter mistakes are also discussed.

Coach Severns was a long time assistant coach and director of player development. He was also an assistant coach with the Chicago Bulls as Assistant Coach for Player Development. Prior to his time with the Bulls, Severns spent 13 years in player development with Nike, working with college players at the All-American Camp, All-Asia Camp, Nike Skills Academies and Jordan Flight School. He also worked at Attack Athletics in Chicago under Tim Grover from 2005-08.



1:00 - Introduction

2:00 - Pistols Offense

4:00 - Mistakes that Coaches Made in Coaching

5:00 - #1 Mistake: "Take the Bad Job"

6:00 - Take any Job

7:00 - Examples of Taking the Bad Job

8:00 - Coach-Led vs Admin Led

9:40 - #2 Mistake: "Failure to Improve at their Craft"

11:45 - Proficient Note Taking

13:00 - Pause Recall Method

14:00 - #3 Mistake: "Too Much Complaining at the Officials"

15:00 - Lay-off the Ref

16:20 - #4 Mistake: "Not Spending Enough Practice Time on Special Situations"

17:40 - How NBA Approach on these Special Situations

20:00 - "You gotta be in the Right Spot"

22:40 - #5 Mistake: "Excessive Talking in Practice"

24:00 - #6 Mistake: "Not Spending Enough Time Off the Court with Players"

26:00 - #7 Mistake: "More Devotion to Fundamentals"

27:00 - Fundamental Emphasis on the 3-point Shot has Changed

28:00 - Is There a Perfect Technique?

29:00 - One-hand Passing

31:30 - Defense is the Biggest Evolution in the Game

33:00 - #8 Mistake: "Not Worrying About Whose the Boss"

34:30 - Just Be on Time

35:30 - Professionalism of the Players

36:30 - #9 Mistake: "Thinking that Their Philosophy is More Important than their Personnel"

38:40 - #10 Mistake: "Falling in Love with Drills"

40:00 - Drill Make Us Feel Good

41:30 - Switching

43:00 - Attack on Switching

44:16 - Flipping and Flare Screen

45:30 - Worrying About the Switch

47:00 - Opposed Match Up or Perimeter Focused?

49:00 - Defense on Young Team

50:20 - Talking About Defense on High School Teams

52:00 - Conclusion


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