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Monthly Top 5's — Books, Podcasts & Quotes

Here is a monthly dose of ‘Top 5’s’, a list of what I’m enjoying or pondering. Not all directly basketball related, but the concepts inter-connect and allow us to develop as humans which can improve the impact on our players.

Top 5 Podcasts I Have Been Listening To:

  1. The Learning Leader Show with Ryan Hawk: Episode 248 Michael Lombardi — A Masterclass in Building Teams and Winning Championships

  2. The School of Greatness Podcast with Lewis Howes: Master the Laws of Human Nature with Robert Greene

  3. The Basketball Podcast with Chris Oliver: Episode 24 Liam Flynn — Philosophy & Coaching the Coaches

  4. The Tim Ferriss Show: Episode 343 Seth Godin — How to Say “No”, Market Like a Professional, and Win at Life.

  5. The Muscle Expert Podcast with Ben Pakulski: Episode 152 Gretchen Rubin — The Secrets of a Happy Life

Top 5 Books I Have Been Reading:

  1. Atomic Habits by James Clear

  2. The Dichotomy of Leadership by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin

  3. 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

  4. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

  5. The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene


  1. “The thing about ‘there’ is that when you get ‘there’ it becomes ‘here’. Are you a person waiting to get ‘there’? What’s your ‘there’? Money? Status? Don’t wait to get ‘THERE’ to accept and love yourself, enjoy the moment and live your greatest life.” — Steven Furtick

  2. Ryan Holiday — “Subject your actions to the ‘impartial spectator test’, if a random person with no investment was observing — what would they think? Does it pass the moral test?” (Concept from The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith)

  3. “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” — Epicurus

  4. Tom Goodwin — “We shouldn’t worship busyness we should worship output.”

  5. “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” — Thomas Jefferson

Top 5 Practice Concepts I Have Heard Recently:

  1. Andrea Trinchieri — have a theme for practice and centre everything around that. From your warm up drills, to how you award points in scrimmage/game play — allows you to zoom in and focus.

  2. Brett Brown — scrimmages we play a lot of a games to 8pts, 3’s and 2’s. On the 2nd foul it’s free throws, have to make both to count. Have to validate the win with a foul shot.

  3. Unknown (many coaches) — name your fundamentals after professional players to help with memory. ‘Varejao’ the screen, Tony Parker runner, Charles Barkley penetration into a post up, ‘Rondo’ back pivot finish.

  4. Luke Walton — keep a winners board, every drill for the day.

  5. Lindsay Gaze — on shooting drills or in scrimmage, when you are shooting for the game winner if you miss you go back 1. Value making the final shot in stressful situations.

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