Thursday, October 7, 2010
Most people think the jump from playing basketball to coaching basketball is easy. Trust me, it's just the opposite. Most great basketball players make really lousy coaches. That's because there's a big difference between playing and teaching. Things that came easy for a gifted athlete are difficult to teach to an average athlete. That's why early in my career I went to every basketball clinic I could find. I listened to some of the greatest coaches talk on a multitude of basketball topics. I also developed the knack of picking the brain of every coach I met at those clinics. Over time, I learned how to coach.
Yesterday, I served as a guest lecturer at a coaching class at Lewis University. The class is taught by my good friend Dr. Ralph Miller. Ralph and I coached together at South Suburban Community College for a few years. We had great success, finishing 3rd and 4th in the nation on two occasions. Dr. Miller is now retired from coaching but still teaches at Lewis University. He asks me, as well as other coaches, to lecture his class every year. Each year it's a pleasure to give back some of the knowledge that I stole from others along the way. Giving back is also selfish -- It makes me feel good. When I am King, I'll encourage everyone to give back.