Kevin Eastman Coaching U Basketball Coaching Clinic Notes

Kevin Eastman Coaching U 2014 Basketball Coaching Clinic Notes


Kevin Eastman is part of the Los Angeles Clippers organization currently but was also with Doc Rivers in his time at Boston. Coach Eastman has been around the game of basketball for a long time and is always finding ways to learn and grow as a coach. He is one of the founders of Coaching U, which helps teach and develop coaches of all levels. These basketball coaching clinic notes are from when he spoke at the 2014 Coaching U Clinic in Indianapolis. Notes were taken by Jacob Collins.



Basketball Coaching Clinic Notes


The reason I became the VP of Operations for the Clippers:

1) Doc asked
2) Doc needed me in that spot
3) It’s somebody else’s time (to coach in that spot)
4) I love working


2 Themes I Live By

“Success lies in simplicity; confusion lies with sophistication.”

“Today is about 2 S’s—Sharing and simplicity.”

3 Things I do better than most

Big eyes, Big ears, Small mouth

  • “Take 1 perfect shot 500 times.”
  • “Be there before you get there.”
  • “Be on a mission every day to Seek and Find.”
    • After you have sought and found—“Think and apply.”
    • Sustained thought
  • Ask yourself 3 questions
    • How big is your excellence gap?
    • What do you want to accomplish every day?
    • What do you want to do with your life?
  • “If you want to be successful, understand the concept of every day.”


4 Goals in Life

  1. Impact others
  2. Lifelong learner (Be a learn it all, not a know it all)
  3. Share it (knowledge/experience/wisdom)
  4. Leave something (Do you want to leave a job or a legacy?)


Accomplish Every Day

  1. Read (he reads 2 hrs. a day)
  2. Think
  3. Plan/Organize
  4. Work Out
  5. Do your job
  6. Family Time
  7. Sleep


15 Things to Move Up

  1. Treat people with respect
  2. Be a learn-it-all
  3. Be a great question asker
  4. Be a meticulous note-taker (and organize them)
  5. Do the unrequired work
  6. Big Eyes, Big Ears, small mouth
  7. No job too big, no job too small
  8. Know what you don’t know and learn it
  9. Never pass up a basketball opportunity
  10. Seek wisdom from those that came before you
  11. Read every day
  12. Know when to stop the presses
  13. Do you want a fast climb or a steady climb?
  14. Be there before you get there
  15. Make a total commitment in your life to thinking


What makes you be the best?

  1. Improvement stamina
  2. Development discipline
  3. Greatness Grind—the concept of everyday


Misc Notes

If you want to climb the ladder—have a plan

Success—is smart. The ultimate test is really hard. The ultimate test is failure.

3 things to get through

  1. Mad
  2. Sad
  3. Hard

“Doc only blows up when a player is pissed about something selfish after a win.”


 4 keys to success

  1. Focus
  2. Enthusiasm
  3. Energy
  4. Effort


Actions that are hard to guard

 6 main are

  1. Simultaneous actions
  2. Multiple actions
  3. Boomerang actions
  4. Quick cut game
  5. Driving the closeouts
  6. Back cutting help



On the help, drive the help, right at the rim.

2 types of penetration on catch

1) Shot fake

2) Quick


On floppy action 2 & 3, lock arms and circle around under the basket

“You may know what we are going to do, but they don’t know when or how well.”

“Want to be a team of execution.”


“If you have a child, write them a letter and include in it whatever you think they need to be successful.”

  • All the things they needed to do to be successful
  • 2 copies: 1 for them and 1 for yourself


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