I love captions like those. You always wonder what coaches say to their players during a game. I coach a junior varsity high school girls team. We played a team that was struggling with direction. Some players were playing man to man, some were playing zone. One player on the opposing team was playing an over-zealous defense on one of my less experienced players, so I called for a 4-corners zone offense, and I called the girl who was being overplayed to come talk to me. The girl guarding her was still playing a denial defense, but the area she should have been covering in the zone the rest of her team was playing was wide open. We proceeded to score several baskets from that area. As for my player who I had stationed out of the normal offense and instead next to me by the sideline, I asked her about her day at school. Classic!!!
This is great! I try to always keep the mood upbeat and light when I talk to a couple of my players because they are so intense and get down on themselves. Sometimes in a time out I have to ask them about a movie they have seen lately just to get them to relax a little bit and remember they are good basketball players and it is all going to be alright!
Leo Balayon is a college basketball coach and player development expert based in Southern California.