“Sometimes in timeouts I’ll say, ‘I’ve got nothing for you. What do you want me to do? We just turned it over six times. Everybody is holding the ball. What else do you want me to do? Figure it out. And I’ll get up and walk away. Because it’s true. There’s nothing else I can do for them. I can give them some bullshit, and act like I’m a coach or something, but it’s on them.
I think competitive character people don’t want to be manipulated constantly to do what one individual wants them to do. It’s a great feeling when players get together and do things as a group. Whatever can be done to empower those people.
If they’re holding the ball, they’re holding the ball. I certainly didn’t tell them to hold the ball. Just like, if they don’t make five in a row, I didn’t do that. If they get a rebound, I didn’t do that. It’s a players’ game and they’ve got to perform. The better you can get that across, the more they take over and the more smoothly it runs. Then you interject here or there. You call a play during the game at some point or make a substitution, that kind of thing that helps the team win. But they basically have to take charge or you never get to the top of the mountain”
Empowerment is ultimately investment. Investment of the coach in his players and investment of the player’s in the purpose of the team. The power of investment is what carries teams to the mountain top.