Adam and TJ talk all things NBA bubble, along with their predictions on this new style of basketball and playoffs. Tweet us @hardwood_hustle with your predictions to how the end of the NBA season will go!
Today we welcome Jake Rosen to the show. Jake is a former Maryland high school basketball player that Adam worked with though Lead ‘Em Up, and also runs a basketball blog called Jake in the Paint. In this episode Jake shares some of the incredible wisdom he has around the game of basketball, specifically sharing his thoughts on what high schoolers really want. This episode is sure to bring coaches a deeper understanding of the mind of today’s high school athlete.
In today’s episode we jump into a discussion about a skill that is critical for coaches to have, with that skill being the ability to read the room well. Coaches must be able to feel and interpret the energy and emotion of their team in order to connect and lead them well. Along with sharing the nuances surrounding this theme, this episode covers strategies coaches can use to improve the skill of reading the room.
Today we are joined by Micah Hayes for an incredibly important conversation. A former player on TJ’s team and PGC Basketball Director, Micah is a part of the Hardwood Hustle family, and one of the wisest voices in the coaching community. He brings our listeners a perspective on the current state of social justice and the steps that need to be taken to move in the right direction for equality.
In the finale episode of our coverage on The Last Dance documentary, we continue turning entertainment into education with PGC Basketball’s Sam Allen. This episode dives into the 1998 championship victory, as well as some of the comments made by former Bulls since the documentary has aired. Adam, TJ, and Sam also share some of their biggest takeaways from the entire 10-episode documentary. Coaches, make sure to share this episode with your players. It could be a great way to connect with your team while discussing the best teachable moments from The Last Dance.
Today we bring you an interview with Brooklyn Nets guard Theo Pinson. We dive into Theo’s approach to being a great teammate, leading North Carolina to a championship, and his advice for coaches based on his experience with coaches at the highest level.
In Episode 349 we bring you a special interview with CEO of the Premier Lacrosse League, Mike Rabil. Mike shares incredible insight for our listeners on hustling to start a new sports league, creating a work environment of transparency and communication, and why team members should be encouraged to act like an owner.
In today’s episode we continue our breakdown of The Last Dance documentary, Episodes 7 & 8. PGC Basketball’s Sam Allen joins Adam and TJ to bring coaches and players the key takeaways and teachable moments. This episode specifically dives into Michael Jordan’s transition in to and out of baseball, as well as his highly debated leadership style.
We are joined by John Beckham and Jimmy Jenkins, Director’s of ‘Basketball County: In The Water’, to give you a behind the scenes look into their upcoming production. This documentary, Executive Produced by Kevin Durant and his team, highlights the basketball hotbed that is Prince George’s County (MD). Since 2000, with a population of under one million people, PG County has produced 25 NBA and more than a dozen WNBA players. However, Maryland is often left out of the conversation for best basketball in the U.S., listed behind the largely populated areas of New York, Chicago, and LA. This documentary highlights what makes this county special and why it produces so many of the best basketball players in the world. Watch the documentary this Friday (May 15) on Showtime at 9pm ET.
Through Adam’s work with Lead ‘Em Up, a recent topic of conversation that has continually come up is that of accountability. Coaches want to know how teammates can better hold each other accountable, as well as how to create a culture of accountability throughout their entire program. Today, Adam and TJ introduce a new, powerful thought process when approaching accountability that you may not have considered before.