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What Makes A Great Coach?

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In any sport, a coach is present to guide and make plays for his team. These coaches have different styles and principles that work for him. Some make winning at any cost a priority while there are others who are more interested in developing the character and skill set of his players. The kind of coach who invest interest in his athlete is usually the best and most admired among his peers and his players. Some coaches make it a point that their practice sessions be full of intense workout and frustration while others try to make it more fun and enjoyable as they train hard.

One of the best in the coaching world was awarded with the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award recently. This praise was offered to Dick Motta, who has been in the coaching field for 25 years of his life. He was the head coach of NBA team Chicago Bulls during 1968 to 1974. In 1971, he was awarded the Coach of the Year for that team. He also spent time coaching Washington Bullets from 1977 to 1980, who he lead to a NBA championship. The next team he coached was Dallas Mavericks from 1980 to 1987. He was admired for his unique style that he uses with every team he coaches.

In 1977, Coach Motta finally retired after coaching stints with teams Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets. Each of the teams he coached can vouch from his “make the game fun” coaching style.

Aside from his coaching style, Dick Motta can be set apart from the others as one of the few coaches who weren’t basketball players at any point in their career from high school, college, or professional level. Motta rose to the top of his profession, ranking among the top ten NBA coaches with the most victories. It is quite impressive to witness a coach get that credit despite not having much of background of the sport in his early years.