Double Pump Collegiate Business Conference 2008

The Pump Brothers put on their annual Collegiate Business Conference last week. Friday, August 8th was the clinic that had a lineup that included Oscar Robertson & Jerry West, Isiah Thomas & Chuck Daly, Pat Summit, an Athletic Directors panel, a panel on coaches representation that included Mick Cronin and Jim Christian, Media relations segment with Jim Harrick, Denny Crum and some media folks including Jeff Goodman, Mike DeCourcy, and Gary Parrish, and an impromptu post agenda clinic with Lawrence Frank who broke down the pick n roll aspects of what he does offensively with the Nets.

The clinic had many high points and took a look at the profession from different angles. It was part entertaining, part program building, dealing with modern topics of media, agents, search firms, and it had taste of x's and o's from the highest level. Maybe the best aspect of the program was that it put hundreds of coaches together in one spot to develop relationships. In addition to meeting several folks that were extremely impressive, it was uplifting to be around coaches truly dedicated to their craft. Seeing head coaches like Jamie Dixon grinding out notes from Lawrence Frank's impromptu session while the reception is going on at the pool was very impressive.

Conference Notes

Keynote Address by Oscar Robertson & Jerry West with Roy Firestone

Oscar Robertson
used a tennis ball wrapped with rubber bands until he got a basketball of his own
back then there was nothing to do so kids played sports
Auerbach won partially because he had veterans on the bench who wouldn't kill you in the game

Jerry West
suggested reading: "1960 Olympics: The Olympics that Changed the World"
more nationalism then than now
absolutely highlight of life was winning the gold medal

OR: '60 team hadn't been corrupted by NBA, weren't expected to win
millionaires now think they are beyond playing for the USA

JW: $1 per diem in '60
substance over style players
looks at players characteristics:
1. how smart you are
2. how you play with others
3. do you compete for your teammates


played the Celtics 23 times one season
at height of his career he wanted to quit because he hated losing to the Celtics so bad
never touched a weight

OR: never lifted, bailed hay growing up

JW: Kareem Abdul Jabber never complained about money, playing time, or practice

OR: basketball was a way of life and an oppurtunity now it is all commercialized

JW: basketball was "my life"
he never shot in a gym until the 7th grade

JW: the branding or logo you wear has nothing to do with whether you can play

Roy Firestone hates press conferences where kids pick between a few hats, says its disrespectful to the college process

JW: school opened new horizons for him as a person
the aau and recruiting at such a young age kills the dream for kids
now you have to coach families, hangers on, and all the baggage
at one point the Lakers had to play 5 games in 5 days in different cities

Chuck Daly & Isiah Thomas: The Player Coach Relationship

Chuck Daly: last 10 years never raised voice
stressed getting past mad

Isiah Thomas: if coaches let me slide and not rough up relationship then I wouldn't been who I am or been the player i was

CD: "Midnight Rule" - no matter what happens in the game that night, get over it by midnight

IT: Dennis Rodman changed because he didn't get paid and Detroit broke his heart

CD: Rodman was doing things that really impacted the game but wasn't making any money and Detroit didn't want to pay him so he created a character as a means to get paid

IT: money changes perception of you by the people around you, then you start eliminating those people. Then you adjust or believe the perception people have of you.

Isiah played hurt because he didn't want to let his teammates down

IT: Losing is distasteful

CD: to win it all, you have to hate (hate other teams abilities, success, etc.)
never took timeout with dream team so he could get back to eat quicker

IT: everybodys friends with a loser
more in it to hurt others than help
post game interviews were never about the game
media wants to be paid and be a star - negativity sells

Pat Summitt

you win in life with people

your program is family

3 P's - she makes her players aware of
1. Parents - they love u, support u, but not coach u because they live through u
2. Peers - your friends tell u what u want to hear
3. Press - write about the best scorer

Hire an assistant coach that will make your players accountable

Hire the best strength & conditioning coach and let them do their job

Take care of people around u - she got a limousine and had a night on the town for everyone in the office after landing candace parker's recruiting class

Hire a good recruiting coordinator
Tennessee is aware of 9 and 10 year olds already

sign great people to your program, after 30 years she says people don't change

no job is too big or too small

work camps, she is there start to finish

discipline and rules are uncompromised regardless of who it is

No Miss - Up Front Rule: students can't miss class and must sit in first 3 rows
she says if missing 1 or 2 classes is ok then missing 1 or 2 games is ok

Tennessee Women's Philosophy:
2. Board Play
3. Take care of the ball
4. Shot Selection

Shot selection: record everything in practice, managers put up shot percentage after each practice. numbers are hard to argue

Not what you teach, its what you EMPHASIZE

Watch practice film: you can see so much more. who is putting out, who knows what they should know, who is hiding, body language

Personality Profiles
Many kids have Attention Deficit Conflict - as a coach you want to know who has attention to details
Bill Rogers - told me I cannot yell Chamique Holdsclaw and he was right
"Predictive Index"

1 on 1 meetings three times a year
in these meetings I find out what you can bring to the team
Expectations/vision of how team should be is communicated

Only 1 time shot over 50% in a championship game

Defense and rebounding wins

Summitt uses the term "invested" over and over

She's only missed 2 days of camp
Promote program and give back

54 people were at her first game, now 15,000 per game

Media Guide - cover always the team, coaches on the back

On court huddles - designate speaker
Organize bench - where everyone sits
Leadership by peers - have athletes fill out in interviews info on teammates
Support other programs at school - her and Bruce Pearl classic example

Recruit together with the women's program
She had Pearl's team all over to her house with her team and Pearl's recruits

Scouting - have players scout
every staff members watch film on every team


The Athletic Director Round Table

Dave Blank (Elon) - hired Dr. Tom Davis at Drake
Said Coach Davis was a great communicator especially when he needed something
When asking for something, don't say "Here's what I need", rather say "Here's what i could use to get it done"

Chris Del Conte (Rice) - for his Rice hire, they put together candidates from 10 schools with similar academic component and admissions
wanted the right fit

Ken Kavanagh (Bradley) - Leave quick messages for an AD if interested
Who knows the AD? Thats who should call

Blank - Don't underestimate your network
positive changes (when coach leaves for better job) are more surprising and an AD probably has fewer preconceived notions of who he wants

Eugene Doris (Fairfield) - the initial shortlist is unlikely to have the candidate that is chosen
AD's are generally not stuck on ideas

Kavanagh - who you surround yourself with is important in a search
ask yourself "can i retire there?", often you stay longer than you think
also ask "will i get fired there?"

Doris - don't be a yearly mover
are u responsible for success for a program? hard to say if u move quickly
learn how to interview


Communicating With the Media

Gary Parrish (CbsSports) - make any story a one day story

Jim Harrick & Denny Crum - gameplan any crisis with the SID, its what the SID does

Mike DeCourcy (Sportingnews) - scout the media when you change cities or jobs
call media to get to know them, call other media to get the low down on media in an area
know that lies will always come out

Reporter dropped an F bomb after she thought the mic was cut
was on youtube in 10 minutes, today has 150,000 views

Jeff Goodman (Foxsports) - news is instant, what you say off the record is safe
personal relationships matter and may be the difference on a slant or running with a story or not
some stories have to go no matter what

Parrish - everyone talks, gets texts from meetings
could be managers, trainers, etc.
develop assistant coaches speaking skills as well as players speaking

Roy Williams - doesn't let freshman talk to the media until after first game


Lawrence Frank wrapped up the conference with some screen and roll offensive sets and concepts.

Number one above all else is getting players to "buy in": Heads and Hearts

Punch is their term for wanting the ball inside

He said if the D goes under a screen, blame the screener

Spring into screens

On a side pick n roll, wants screener to run throug the elbow

Wants screen to be set on lower part of the body

On a high screen (flat angle, spread, traditional) run through the nail

4 S's for screen n roll action

1. starting point (where you start with the ball)
-side 2 feet inside arc, 3 feet below free throw line

2. set up - get low with the dribble, always look to beat defender without screen going away from screen

3. separation

4. score - go at bigs outside hip, think lay up
Bibby was asking why they never ran plays for him when they ran 25 side screen and rolls

"organized attack" - Cavs do with LeBron to force a double on him and let 4 play 3

"get" - screen

"sprint up" - corner player gets running headstart going away from slot penetration

"2nd penetration" - off a sprint up

3 T's
1. Trust the Stuff
2. Trust Eachother
3. Trust Yourself

A bad shot = "I don't trust my teammates"

NBA shoots 36% on contested shots, 47% on uncontested shots

Broadway doesn't rehearse then change at the show. Don't do things you don't do at practice. Don't get out of character.

Doesn't like going against switches because guys do wrong stuff to exploit (for example he gets a small v. big and the guard shoots a 17 footer)

Vs. switch with a guard vs. big
back up and go full steam at the big
screen 5 on a 4 when small vs. big, make bigs switch on perimeter which is unfamiliar

offense is constant counter punching

a half dive off a screen is hard to guard off side screen, especially a step inside elbow