With the season starting, there are some obvious differences between a great player and a great coach.
But how do you tell the two?
A good coach knows how to keep his players on their toes and make them stay engaged throughout a game.
A great coach knows when to call timeout and make sure his team is on the right track.
With the 2016-17 season about to begin, I spoke with former Indiana Pacers basketball player and current ESPN.com columnist Carver High School standout and ESPN analyst, Dan Devine, about the differences between good and great coaches.
How can a good coach get his players to stay engaged?
Devine: Great coaches know when to make sure their players are on the same page, how to set up their offense and how to execute their game plan.
They also know when it’s appropriate to call a timeout or let them play out their timeout to avoid the game going into overtime.
If you can execute those things in a timely manner, you’ll be a better coach.
How to make them work?
Devines favorite coaches are Mike Krzyzewski and Stan Van Gundy.
Both coaches had an advantage over their opponents when it came to making sure their teams knew exactly what they needed to do.
When you’re playing in a high-stakes situation like basketball, you want your players to have the confidence to trust in you.
Devine says that his favorite coach is “the one who is a little bit more cerebral.”
He doesn’t mean he’s smarter than others, but he’s more analytical.
The coach is able to see what is the best option for his team.
What are their best options?
When it comes to executing a game plan, he says, “they will have to think of their game plans, their defense and how they can attack the game.
You have to do that on both ends of the floor.”
Devine believes that “the more sophisticated your offense, the more they can execute their own game plan on both sides of the ball.
They have to have their own set of keys to the game and you have to execute that plan, too.
You can’t just be in the paint.
You need to be in transition.”
Devine explains that his biggest difference from other coaches is the quality of his team, not their overall skill. He doesn�t see a coach who is really good at executing their game.
Devines greatest weakness as a player was his lack of perimeter shooting.
He shot 41 percent from deep in high school and was a poor shooter in college.
Devices greatest strengths as a coach came from his versatility.
He was able to be versatile in different roles, but was also versatile in his game.
He could be a three-point threat, a big man, or even a small forward.
He says he is a better player than he was at high school.
But he says he had to adjust his game because he was limited athletically.
What does that say about the quality or the depth of his game?
He says the only way to really improve is to be constantly working at your craft.
And he’s really excited about the prospect of taking on a bigger role in his role.
He wants to show the world how skilled he is and how skilled his team can be.
Devies greatest concern with his future is what happens if his parents are not around to coach him in the NBA.
Do they think he can make the transition?
Devices parents are from Canada.
Is that something he would be concerned about?
Deves parents are extremely supportive of him.
But they are also very aware of the fact that their son is not the same player he was in high-school.
What do they want him to do now that he is going to college?
Devises father and coach have both coached at high schools, so what do they think of his future?
Devys coach is very impressed with Devines play at the high school level, but is also concerned that his dad will get frustrated and decide to let him play overseas.
Devises dad is not concerned.
Devises father said he thinks Devines ability is the same as it was at Indiana.
He believes that his ability to play both ways at a high level is the greatest part of his talent.
Devis father said the only thing that would be different would be his body.
What would that be like?
If Devs dad is worried about him playing overseas, how would he deal with that?
If he is concerned about it, how do he plan to deal with it?
Devs parents want to play in Europe for a couple of reasons.
One is that he loves playing in Europe, and he loves the atmosphere.
He likes the culture, and the team atmosphere is something he appreciates.
Another is that his parents don’t want to leave him in Indiana, so they are trying to stay in touch with him.
Devs father said his parents know