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Episode 30: Dave Severns, Mistakes We Make in Coaching
21st November 2018 • The Basketball Podcast • Chris Oliver
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Dave Severns, Mistakes We Make in Coaching Guest: Dave Severns, LA Clippers Pro Personnel Scout In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, LA Clippers Pro Personnel scout Dave Severns joins the Basketball Podcast with Chris Oliver to discuss mistakes we make in coaching. The conversation focuses on high school basketball, but applies to all coaching. Solutions to prevent or counter mistakes are also discussed. Coach Severns was a long time assistant coach and director of player development. He was also an assistant coach with the Chicago Bulls as Assistant Coach for Player Development. Prior to his time with the Bulls, Severns spent 13 years in player development with Nike, working with college players at the All-American Camp, All-Asia Camp, Nike Skills Academies and Jordan Flight School. He also worked at Attack Athletics in Chicago under Tim Grover from 2005-08.   Breakdown: 1:00 - Introduction 2:00 - Pistols Offense 4:00 - Mistakes that Coaches Made in Coaching 5:00 - #1 Mistake: "Take the Bad Job" 6:00 - Take any Job 7:00 - Examples of Taking the Bad Job 8:00 - Coach-Led vs Admin Led 9:40 - #2 Mistake: "Failure to Improve at their Craft" 11:45 - Proficient Note Taking 13:00 - Pause Recall Method 14:00 - #3 Mistake: "Too Much Complaining at the Officials" 15:00 - Lay-off the Ref 16:20 - #4 Mistake: "Not Spending Enough Practice Time on Special Situations" 17:40 - How NBA Approach on these Special Situations 20:00 - "You gotta be in the Right Spot" 22:40 - #5 Mistake: "Excessive Talking in Practice" 24:00 - #6 Mistake: "Not Spending Enough Time Off the Court with Players" 26:00 - #7 Mistake: "More Devotion to Fundamentals" 27:00 - Fundamental Emphasis on the 3-point Shot has Changed 28:00 - Is There a Perfect Technique? 29:00 - One-hand Passing 31:30 - Defense is the Biggest Evolution in the Game 33:00 - #8 Mistake: "Not Worrying About Whose the Boss" 34:30 - Just Be on Time 35:30 - Professionalism of the Players 36:30 - #9 Mistake: "Thinking that Their Philosophy is More Important than their Personnel" 38:40 - #10 Mistake: "Falling in Love with Drills" 40:00 - Drill Make Us Feel Good 41:30 - Switching 43:00 - Attack on Switching 44:16 - Flipping and Flare Screen 45:30 - Worrying About the Switch 47:00 - Opposed Match Up or Perimeter Focused? 49:00 - Defense on Young Team 50:20 - Talking About Defense on High School Teams 52:00 - Conclusion   Dave Severns’ Bio Twitter: Bio:   Basketball Immersion Website: Twitter: YouTube: Facebook: See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at