A coach must develop his own philosophy. Throughout this book I have tried to explain a variety of methods for teaching a broad range of choices in both offence and defence. Coaches are invited to consider and test all ideas and develop their own priorities and how they instruct.
One of the most difficult tasks for a coach is selecting the team. While there are more players seeking a place on the team than positions are available, there will always be a problem for the coach. In many cases it is not always the most talented individuals who will form the best team.
Among the many important factors in playing and coaching basketball, perhaps the most important for a coach is having a well-organised practice session. Unfortunately many coaches attend a practice session and make up drills as they go along with little thought to why drills are being used and their specific benefits and weaknesses. A coach who prepares a careful plan for his practice sessions with short-term and long-term aims considerably improves the chances of success.
My personal philosophy on coaching has been to teach and enable players, as much as possible, to be in charge of their own destiny, that is, to develop a “player’s game” rather than a “coach’s game”. During practice we will create last minute situations when one team will be assumed to have a three points lead, or last five minute situations when one team has say a five points lead, or other variations.