Listen: Rick Pitino, Technician, Doug Collins discussed on The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes
"Without further ado, let's learn how to become a better coach. And become a better leader with Rick Pitino. Welcome everyone back to the school grains. Podcast. We've got the legendary coach, Rick Pitino in the house Caesar, see very grateful you're here and excited about all were to talk about today. You've got an an amazing story. You've been coaching for four decades now. Right? Is stack record taken teams to the final four over four decades every decade for four decades. Take three different universities to final for two different universities to national championship. They're all different schools, although to are in Kentucky providence, college is small school, Rhode Island, they're all different experiences. Bintu seven, final fours in each one has been unique. Really does it ever get different? Does it ever feel like easier or all special? The last, the last ones you pre she'd more because it's gotten so big, you played in front of sixty, seventy thousand people covered all over the world. In the beginning. The first one I went to wasn't as big, but now. Oh, it's getting so big that you the nerves after the Sweet Sixteen start up. Yeah, you were coaching when the three point line was introduced was in nineteen eighty seven, we lead the nation and you'll get a kick out of this. The first four big east games we played, I think was Lucon Osama Rowley mess amino, John Thompson. They didn't make a three point shot at all. They didn't wanna take it. They didn't believe in it. They would totally against the rule. I had a very mediocre team and I said, the one thing I can do, we're going to lead the nation in three point shooting. We played the Russians in an exhibition game, and I said, we're going to take about twelve game and lead the nation. I said, twelve to fifteen the Russians that the exhibition 'cause they used it at three point line international using it, they took thirty two in that game away. So I realized my my analytics will weigh off increase the we. We have to take eighteen threes game, make seven. Eight and will lead the nation. Wow. In a young man, but any mobility doubt of was an expert in e. passing. People passing it off to people to three point line, but making himself. And we lead the nation that year and got us to the final four. Where did you learn how to become such a great coach? Was there a mentor you had early on or was just by coaching and learning by tons of mistakes of first years? It's pretty much it because I was a head coach at the age of twenty four early. I remember seeing those man right after college head coach, I was Jim behind I assistant then I get the head coaching job of Boston University at twenty four. I was coaching plays twenty one twenty two years of age. How is this possible? Because they want to happen today, right? Maybe like a thirty one year old, maybe possibly deal. One school. That's really young. I got lucky because my college coach was a great player at Boston University, and he recommended me. So I got lucky with the job. I didn't know it was all trial and error, not until I became the assistant coach of the New York Knicks. Learned all about the zone Jim behind. He was great technician, but I really learned basketball from scouting motivational stamp when as Sistan coaching, Nick's with UB Brown, the two years I was with UB Brown is assistant with the Knicks really was like going into a basketball library for two years now, why the scouting motivational side of things? Well, the pros is all about scouting. It's all about preparation. It's all about motivating the pros because they play an eighty to a lot of ten ninety something games depending on the playoffs. And if Atilla the constantly fatigued and you've got motivate Devon, I what I call find him motive and turn it into action because they're all different. You know, Patrick Ewing much different than mach. Jackson mock Jackson's, much different than Charles Oakley chose. Oakley was the physical presence on the team, and I remember calling Doug Collins and asking them about him because we traded him and he said, coach hill.."