Origin of Species: The NCAA Basketball Coach

Posted by Kevin Berger on March-23-2010 Add Comments

Coaches come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. Oddly enough, these variables aren’t predictive of the results on the court unless the coach is mismatched with the type of player he’s recruiting. Allen Iverson couldn’t have played for Bob Knight. For proof, see how that whole Larry Brown thing worked out for “the Answer”. Practice, man.

Conversely, Steve Alford would have struggled on one of those fast and loose UNLV teams. Not athletically, but in terms of style and system. Tarkanian didn’t hand out staggered screens like they were $500 chips from the Golden Nugget.

I point out the examples of Knight and Tarkanian to provide you with a sizeable range of coaching philosophies on the c...

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