Podcast #95: Transcending Performance with Brett Adams

“Coming to the realization I have no idea how to program.”

“Some coaches are playing tic tac toe with other coaches.”

“That’s my issue. I’m trying to figure out what performance is.”

“The performance or the mini performances in the performance or the silence of the move… that’s what makes the music [the silence in between the notes]”.

“But was the blacksmith the hammer… the pianist, is he the keys… is the chef her meal?”

“The athlete is the chicken spot… I see one roach one day after several astonishing performances… and now you’re sour in my mind forever… why is that?… that really will ruin some people.”

“If you grasp perception-action, practice becomes shorter and they’re begging you to make it longer. Because it’s now real competition versus whatever it was you were doing before.”

Athlete development: “How much money do I have to pay to be developed?”

“Are we doing this to get a result or are you trying to make it you?”

“I’m not looking for an answer, I’m looking for the conversation because the conversation is gonna tell me everything I need to know.”

The right/wrong way to win/lose: “It’s a spectrum.”

“We want so much variability… How many people are really valuing the discipline of wading through monotony?” “Go put 100 shots from each spot then go start playing with a move.”

“When we talk about development and we talk about the self… it’s asking questions that are gonna hurt.”

Perception-action: “You can create anything if you know what answer you’re looking for… you look at most sports, it’s like 2nd, 3rd grade reading.”

BME (Beginning-Middle-End): “The middle is where the money’s made.”

“How well are you coaching your guys on the things you can’t really coach.”

“The middle is the minutia that you say you can’t touch.”

“Coaches have been waiting so long to be a coach, they’re not about to hear anything a player has to say (sometimes).”

“I don’t know many people posting lowlights as content.”

“How many people are doing voiceovers, monologues over their failures, their embarrassments? Cause everybody is gonna learn from that.”

“Are we playing with you or are we competing with you?”

“One move is deadly… 2, 3, 4 is the flow of it”

“How are you a student of the game?some people cool just showing up and going.. it only becomes an issue once you get beat. Once you get beat, you start asking questions.”

“He’s a robot but he plays well… versus the kid who’s free spirited but he can’t do shit in the game”

“Truly getting guys to go to that next level that have no business getting there.”

Accel/Decel/Neutral: “Westbrook and Simmons… they don’t really have a tell. They can go from decel to already at the basket.”

“It’s not saying take the whole thing, take a piece. If I give you a whole cake, don’t be gluttonous, take a piece.”

“Sprinting is everywhere but pace is not. Harden, Luka. Steph Curry’s off ball. Chris Paul mid range. Chris Paul will show you where he’s going.”

“I love biomechanics to an extent but creating the situation for the movement to just occur.”

“Just try to make it make sense. The language will come especially if you’re trying to speak theirs not yours.”

“How do you make speed occur?… it’s easy… Speed is bred out of transition.”

“The word performance and training are conflicting when they shouldn’t be.”

“Zone 4 and 5 are no go zones… but they’re great to see in performance… doesn’t make any sense.”

“Tennis-wise, I’ve had maybe 3 out of 100 where we go to a different place.”

“The beautiful thing with those training partners is we stay at the middle and we never really come out.”

1 in a million training partners: “It’s better if you never find it. Because when you lose it, you lose yourself.”

“If you never know what good is, you’ll take everything… you stay hungry… you don’t get mad because the ball is overthrown, you go get it.”

“The self doesn’t really want an answer. The self just wants you to keep questioning until you’re in the grave.”

“The game within itself is a repetitive task.”

“Let’s say you’ve been coaching 40 years, there’s not much uncertainty.”

“The robot loves repetitive task and is designed for specific things with programmed instructions… is the game not within itself a programmed instruction? Various new things are going to appear. That’s when you want the creative. It’s push-pull.”

Robot vs. Creative: “You gotta cultivate them.”

“We should all have the ability to improvise but it shouldn’t come at the sake of your personality and game style.”

“The robots, I don’t really see them as guys that are gonna go too crazy in the middle. It’s the creatives that are gonna do the crazy stuff that setup the robot. And vice versa, the creative is gonna bail out the robot at a certain time and it’s a good blend.”

“If you want a bunch of creatives, don’t get mad when a routine play happens and they go off script.”

“The role guy is gonna be robotic and the talent guy is gonna be creative and there’s gonna be a tradeoff.”

“You have to be willing to go through the repetitive task and still create… that’s the blend of it.”

Gamer vs. Tester: “The gamer might do well on tests but for some reason he’s a freak, he does what he needs to do when the lights are on… he might not be the best practice guy, but when he gets in the game, everything locks in.”

“Some of the best talent is some of the worst people off the court… and sometimes those are the gamers and they are phenomenal to watch.”

The tester: “When it’s time to pull out the data and the gadgets and put his name on the leaderboard… but you suck… you’re not competent and proficient skill-wise… you live in the room you can’t sleep in… physically, you’re where you need to be but skill-wise you can’t do what you need to do.”

The tester: “General sprints that are timed, bench, squat, deadlift… the feel good stats that make a strength coach feel like they’re doing something… these tests suck… make it mean something.”

“Start adding in a real test… you wanna actually work sprint speed, do exactly that [in a game, guards: steal, take contact, and then run]”.

“How fast are they moving with the ball, without the ball, with contact…”

“Your team is at a detriment from the self-esteem and the confidence that the coach has.”

“The coach that does not have good confidence, good self-esteem, he is showing these young men something that is hard to erase even if you live with these kids.”

“There’s nothing but platitudes on most walls you walk through.”

“The barrier of entry is way too low… no matter what field you go into, it’s who you know, not what you know… If it was what you know, the standard would be amazing.”

“When you face the soul, nothing good happens at first.”

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