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Adding Music to the Mix Increases Energy During Practice

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Jesse Mermuys is an Assistant Coach for the Sacramento Kings. Before joining the Kings, Mermuys was the Assistant Coach of the Lakers, and before that, Head Coach and Assistant GM of the Toronto Raptors D-League basketball team, the Raptors 905. Before his position with the Raptors 905, he was a former Assistant Coach for both the Toronto Raptors and the Houston Rockets, where he also worked as Director of Player Personnel.

In this video, Mermuys explains a new tradition used in the Los Angeles Lakers locker room, which he believes many other coaches have used to keep things light, such as Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks and Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors. To keep things fun and energy high, music is a constant presence in the locker room to set the tone everyday. According to Mermuys, it takes away rigidity and it makes people happy to be at practice, no matter what else they may have going on in their lives. Mermuys encourages other coaches to use this simple tactic to keep things fun and keep spirits high no matter how tough the season gets.