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How to Keep a Strong Player-Coach Relationship

By Alan Stein, CCS, CSCS, USA Basketball, 01/12/18, 12:00AM CST


A coach should be a teacher of the game. A coach should be a motivator. A coach should be a mentor.

I truly believe that everything in life comes down to relationships. Everything. To be successful in any walk of life, from basketball to business, you have to know how to build and maintain solid relationships. As author Jeffrey Gitomer said, "Quality relationships lead to success, wealth, and fulfillment." On some level, isn't that what we all want out of life?

Sometimes I think basketball players and coaches take this for granted and forget how important it is to have a sound relationship with each other, both on and off the court.