The BEST PLAYER is not always the best coach & the BEST COACH is not always the best player

Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson 1997

12 Time ALL-STAR, Isiah Thomas is one of the top FIVE point guards of all time. Leading the BAD BOY Pistons two back to back championships, Thomas was as tough as they come.

Off the court, Thomas’s failures are well documented.  Most notable Navigating the the New York Knicks and the University to Florida to back to back LOSING seasons.

Phil (ACTION) Jackson averaged 6.7 points 4.3 rebounds a game. Phil was never an ALL-STAR player but did win two championship as a team player and had a championship mind.

Phil Jackson the coach AKA The Zen Master won 11 NBA championships.

The likes of John Wooden, Mike krzyzewski, Dean Smith, and Gregg Popvich are all Hall of Fame coaches. These men live and breath basketball. Their ability to understand “The Game” leads to great success coaching other players. None of these men are Hall of Fame Players.

This is not to say that Isiah Thomas does not understand the game. But teaching is a skill in itself. The ability to manage and bring out the best in other people is part of a set of soft skills that people under appreciate.

People confuse Physical Ability with “EQ” (Emotional Intelligence Quotient).

People can see dunks and crossovers but they can’t see the intangible, soft skills.


Sometimes men speak lightly of the intangibles- the things which they cannot perceive through any of their five senses, and when we hear them, it should re- mind us that all of us are controlled by forces which are unseen and intangible.

-Think & Grow Rich.


For seduction purposes.

Too many boys think that the guy getting all the women is the best guy to teach them.

Too many guys expect the best dating coach, to have sex with a woman within five minutes of meeting her.

So what is the answer? Who should you learn from?

#1. Listen to those who you aspire to be like and see if their “playing” style suits you.

#2. Great coaches have a consistent track record. All the aforementioned hall of fame coaches, have a passion for “The Game”, it is a part of their LIFESTYLE.  It is not a get rich quick scheme.

Further Reference

Wayne Gretzky

AKA “The Great” one is widely considered the GREATEST hockey player in history. The nine-time MVP, struggled as a coach. Failing to lead his team to the playoffs in fours seasons before stepping down.

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