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Episode 283: Kevin Burleson, Buy In, Staying Present, and NBA Coaching
Episode 28330th August 2023 • The Basketball Podcast • Chris Oliver
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Guest: Kevin Burleson, Rio Grande NBA G-League Head Coach

Rio Grande NBA G-League head coach Kevin Burleson shares insights on buy-in, staying present, and NBA coaching.

Burleson is currently the head coach of Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA G League. He was previously assistant coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2020 and served as the Timberwolves Head Coach during the 2022 NBA Summer League. Burleson has also worked as an assistant coach for Iowa Wolves and Memphis Grizzlies1.

Burleson comes from a prolific sporting family. Kevin and Nate Burleson are one of only two sets of siblings in which one played in the NBA and one in the NFL. Kevin played college basketball for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and began his professional career in the German basketball league. He played for the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 2005–06.


1:00 - Long Time Assistant Coach

5:00 - Player Development

7:00 - Winning

11:00 - Science Experiment for Basketball

13:30 - Buying Another Role

16:00 - Winning Culture

19:00 - Culture Piece

24:00 - Offensive Spacing Concepts

2:05 - 25:08 - Hoopsalytics Ad 3

27:30 - Holding a Spot

32:00 - Creating Space

34:00 - Managing Time

37:00 - Maintaining Pace

40:00 - Analytics

45:00 - Balancing Player Development

46:30 - Keep Growing

49:00 - Conclusion

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