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Coaches Achieve Better Results Using Joy, Not Negativity

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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.

Here Mermuys encourages coaches to remember that people achieve more when they are enjoying themselves and having fun. To often, joy is forgotten in sports, but it's important for coaches to find ways to insert it into practice if they want their team to achieve success. It's easier said than done to remember to include joy, but if coaches can always keep joy in the back of their minds and continue asking themselves "Are my players having fun?", then not only will you get more out of it as a coach, but your players will have more fun and also achieve better results. According to Mermuys, the most productive way to include joy in sports is through competition, so if coaches can make practice competitive, they are more likely to achieve their desired result while also including fun.