Get Insider Tips and Tactics Used By NBA Player Development Coach - Don Kelbick


This is a recording of an interview and transcript that we conducted with Coach .

Don has tremendous experience and knowledge about the game. He was a college head coach and a college assistant for 25 years. Currently, he trains numerous NBA players, including Bruce Bowen, Raja Bell, Carlos Arroyo, Guillermo Diaz, Rob Hite, Rasual Butler and others.

Other Resources From Don Kelbick

Don with professional players Rob Hite,
Raja Bell, and Guillermo Diaz
Who should listen to this interview?

Both players and coaches will benefit tremendously by listening to this interview (youth coaches will benefit too). The first half of the recording is primarily focused on "coaching" aspects of basketball. But the second half covers many important tips and tactics that will help players improve their game.

We created a table of contents with the time line below, so you could see which parts would be most interesting to you.

Table of Contents

How To Teach the Game of Basketball and Common Coaching Mistakes1.25
Common Mistake Made By Players & Effects of the NBA3.20
Coaching Basketball: Why Stress Retards Growth4.30
Common Coaching Mistake & Why They Learn From the Wrong People6.10
How Basketball Players Can Learn Skills Faster8.10
Coaching: Too Much Control Causes Problems & Running Effective Practices8.45
Coaching: How To Effectively Handle Your Players12.00
Quantum Physics Analogy: How to Get Better by Reducing Fear of Failure19.00
Key to Learning New Basketball Skills and Breaking Bad Habits21.40
Another Trick to Break Bad Habits26.30
Why Footwork is Arguably One of the Most Important Things to Practice29.00
How Bruce Bowen and Raja Bell Were Able To Make It To The NBA33.00
How to Stop Post Players from Fading Away36.50
Youth Coaching Advice: NBA Coach Stan Van-Gundy's Experiences42.10
Mental Basketball Tips to Become A Better Player48.10
Mental Shooting Tips: Walking and Shooting Analogy55.30
Practice Tip That You Can Do Away From the Gym58.10

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Kelbick Interview

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Recommended DVD's & eBook:

The Attack & Counter Skill Development System
This eBook & DVD's will improve your shooting, ballhandling, footwork, perimeter moves, post moves, finishing, aggressiveness, quickness, confidence, mentality, and your all-around game!

Designed by NBA skills coach Don Kelbick, this unique and comprehensive system is incredibly simple when compared to other skill development programs. Yet it works with NBA and pro players at the highest level... (more info)

Other Resources From Don Kelbick

eBooks and DVDs by Don Kelbick

Nationwide Basketball camps with Don Kelbick

Once you listen to the interview, be sure to leave your comments and questions about the interview below...


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MLipenk says:
11/9/2016 at 8:15:19 PM

Great insights. I actually teared up at points. I remember entire practices of crushers, bleacher step-ups, cone jumping, and squatting against walls with arms up above heads. "Because we played horribly!" What those exercises have to do with basketball is beyond me. Did any of those things help us play better basketball, or even help our quickness or agility? No. We played increasingly worse as the season progressed and the punishment was turned up accordingly. I coach BB today because of that H.S. coach of mine, but not because he was anything to emulate.


Myron says:
2/22/2011 at 5:57:24 PM

Love these kinds of interviews. Reinforces many of my own beliefs. Thanks!


Marcel says:
4/28/2010 at 12:06:46 AM

I loved the comment from Coach Don Kelbick that you wont see the effects that a coach has on players for years. I coached my daughter at age 9-12, she is now 18 and graduating. It is so gratifying seeing these young girls now young woman and the fact that I had something to do with their Basketball skills and Knowledge!! I always looked at myself as a teacher of the game and life skills not just a basketball coach. I have enjoyed my time with them and this was a very great interview!!! Thank You Marcel Lynn, MN brought back great memories


Tydus says:
3/16/2009 at 12:08:30 AM

hey im 20 yrs old. and cant play ball. am i goin to die if i cant play basketball?


big fire prince says:
3/10/2009 at 4:41:03 AM

great,thanks for your sharing of wat you have.god bless u.


Terry says:
1/23/2009 at 12:46:27 PM

Wow! what a wonderful interview with Don. Such common sense, something that is missing in our complicated fast moving society. Tonight is our first game, many of our boys have never played organized ball. My main strategy for them has all along been to relieve their stressors, their thoughts of failure. I have tried to think what concerns they have as they enter the court for the first time. Thanks for all your Life stories and how they relate to the athlete. Do keep up the good work, it is greatly appreciated by a coach who strives to TEACH with purpose.


joseph says:
1/12/2009 at 10:43:36 PM

Its great help, thanks a lot


jayvic says:
1/1/2009 at 1:37:40 AM

i have question... i and my players are very close, maybe because our age gap is not that far. but sometimes they feel so close. is it ok? I was once a player and sometimes i play with them. Is it also OK? Can you please give me an advice how to handle my players well considering that we are almost at the same age level?


jayvic says:
1/1/2009 at 1:26:54 AM

that was great.


Joe Haefner says:
12/26/2008 at 12:03:19 PM

Hi Rogelio,

Kids are smart and will take advantage of what they can.

This is what we found to work:

1. Set rules
2. Communicate those rules both verbally and in writing.
3. Have a written schedule
4. Have a written practice plan
5. Follow through with your rules

For more on discipline, visit:


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