|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 10||Issue 461|
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"THE REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESSFUL INNOVATION" (JOHN MCCLENDON PART FOUR)
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John McClendon was the first college basketball coach ever to win three consecutive national titles, the First African American head coach of a professional sports team, the First African American head coach of a predominantly white university and the First person to be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as both coach and contributor.
One of Coach McClendon's innovations was his fast-break style of play. He described how he was influenced as a student at the University of Kansas by his mentor Dr. James Naismith in his must-read biography, Breaking Through by Milton S Katz:
"Dr. Naismith and I were watching some little kids play basketball one day and they were chasing the ball. Dr. Naismith told me that was the ultimate game. He said the ultimate game is to attack wherever the ball is and let your offense begin wherever you get the ball. He told me the game is patterned to be played with a full-court offense and full-court defense. I patterned my whole game after that philosophy."
Coach McClendon's fast-break innovation was not initially accepted by all. Several coaches and athletic directors voiced the opinion that his undisciplined, playground, street-style basketball had no place on a collegiate basketball floor: this was just not how the game was supposed to be played.
Coach McClendon's response is documented in his biography, Breaking Through by Milton S Katz:
Coach McLendon chose to answer these critics not only on the court but also in his groundbreaking 1965 book, Fast Break Basketball: Fine Points and Fundamentals, the first book published by an African American coach. "Contrary to its reputation," he explained in the book's introduction, "the fast break is not an 'aimless,' 'helter-skelter,' 'run and shoot,' 'fire horse' game except in the appearance of its rapid, often demoralizing action. It is a planned attack with multiple applications."
Coach McClendon demonstrated the "The Requirements For Successful Innovation". His ambition was not to draw attention to himself but rather to help others. He wrote that two of the benefits of fast-break basketball were that: "It creates the need for excellent conditioning and health practices that insure this status. It serves as a detector of physical unreadiness and physical limitation." and "It is an exciting, entertaining game to the player, coach, and spectator".
He had adaptability and resourcefulness as he creatively designed detailed drills to implement his system enhanced by his humility to learn from others. His Fight (determined effort with strong belief) would not allow him to be stopped by his critics.
What is your checklist for innovation?
Yours in Coaching,
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