- Every player can be part junkyard dog.
- Be your team’s best practice player; it will pay dividends.
- Don’t specialize yourself so much that you become a situational player only.
- Be a student of the game; sometimes only one tip can “turn on the lights”.
- Don’t be satisfied; stay humble and hungry.
- Great skill- playing hard. Possible for everyone.
- Have a short memory: forget the last play.
- Playing time needs to be earned; it’s not a right.
- Pouting about one’s playing time usually guarantees more time on the bench.
- Missed steals and missed blocks are really bad plays.
- Every defender can be good off the ball.
- Make the man with with the ball so uncomfortable, he has to put it on the floor and then so uncomfortable he has to pick up his dribble.
- Don’t miss perimeter shots left or right; the great shooters are long or short but always on line.
- You must master dribbling and finishing with both hands.
- Attack under control. Hard to do but the real secret.
- Practice “seeing the floor”.
- Don’t be the player who messes up your team spacing.
- Don’t let the ball stagnate at you.
- Most plays are routine. The highlight plays are exceptions.
- Create a play; finish a play. Be very good at one and good at the other.
- You can add value to every possession even when you don’t score or get the assist.
- Be efficient; good assist/turnover ratio and good 2pt and 3pt FG %’s.
Dave Edinger has been coaching basketball for 35 years at the high school, middle school. and international levels. As a head coach, his teams have won 548 games.