Today we are joined for a special episode by former Hardwood Hustle guest, Coach Randi Henderson. Randi is a former PGC Basketball Director and current head women’s basketball coach at Washington University in St. Louis. Recently, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently undergoing regular treatments. In this episode, Randi opens up to share some of the biggest challenges she has been facing, along with incredible wisdom and perspective on the importance of support around you in difficult times, and how to handle your mind from going down the inevitable worrying rabbit holes that come up during hardships. This episode is sure to inspire you, and we’d love if you could join the Hardwood Hustle team in supporting Randi’s fight (https://www.gofundme.com/f/coach-henderson-blessing).
Adam and TJ have an important discussion for coaches centering around self awareness, thoughts, and priorities. The episode features several exercises to help coaches assess what they consider first thoughts compared to after thoughts. They present this first thought, after thought idea in a new light that is sure to encourage you to challenge your own thoughts and priorities.
To learn more about the PGC Basketball Point Guard Masterclass mentioned in the episode, visit pgcbasketball.com/point-guard-master-class
Today we are joined by Paige Tonz, former Division 1 athlete who is now an athlete mindset mentor in Phoenix, Arizona. Since Paige finished her college career, she has found an incredible passion to help female athletes develop healthier and stronger mindsets. This episode covers strategies and techniques to help female athletes be more confident, increase their belief in themselves, and much more. If you are a female athlete or coach female athletes, you will find major value in the expertise Paige shares. You can follow her at paigetonz.com, Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook.
In this episode, Adam and TJ tackle the tough question facing coaches across the country. How do you lead a team knowing there may not even be a season? The episode covers how much coaches can lead, push, and motivate their teams through this uncertainty. We hope this episode helps you begin to navigate your upcoming pre-season and increases your confidence in the ability you have to lead your team no matter what happens this season.
Shortly after Steve Nash took the Brooklyn Nets job, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant made headlines during a podcast episode where they discussed the collaborative coaching style the Nets will be using. The superstars referenced how they feel like they don’t even have a head coach, and that they each could essentially take turns being the coach. Adam and TJ break down how effective this strategy can be, along with other aspects that make collaborative coaching truly work.
What does it take from an environment standpoint to allow players to be open and honest with each other? This conversation stems from the many comments by Jimmy Butler’s teammates about his open and honest leadership style, and how effective it has been for the Miami Heat. As we’ve seen, this style doesn’t work in all scenarios. Why was this situation different and how did it work so well? Adam and TJ share their answers to this question, as well as challenge coaches to consider the environment of their own program.
Superteams have defined the last decade of the NBA finals. This year we see two LA superstars facing off with an incredibly balanced Heat team that has six players averaging double figure points during these playoffs. With the Heat making the finals lacking a 1st or 2nd All-NBA Team player, we ask the question, “Is team ball making a comeback?” Adam and TJ debate if this is the future of the NBA finals, or simply an outlier in the age of Superteams.
In today’s episode we introduce a new concept you may not have considered before. We know the positive impact coaches can have on their players when they celebrate them both publicly and privately, but are there also potential negative ramifications the celebration process can have if not done correctly? Adam shares an example of this concept that will get coaches thinking about how they can avoid this trap.
A surprise to most in the basketball community was the recent hiring of Steve Nash to the Brooklyn Nets, one of the most talented teams in the NBA when healthy. Adam and TJ share their perspective on the fit that Steve Nash will be with this team, the impact superstar players hiring coaches they are friends with may have, as well as what this decision means for the future of coaching hires.
Our friends at PGC Basketball recently released their new online shooting course led by their Director of Player Development, Tyler Coston. Tyler is a world-class player development coach and brings our listeners incredible insight in this episode, which is centered around a recent post he shared about why 10 toes toward the rim is not ideal for shooters. You’ll take away tangible tips that will get your players on a path to becoming great shooters.