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Coaches Helping Athletes Be The Best THEY Can Be

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Michael Holton (@mdhhoops) is a retired NBA player and current television studio analyst for the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. He played college basketball at UCLA from 1979 to 1983, played for four different NBA teams and in the CBA until 1992. From 2001-2006, Holton coached the University of Portland Pilots before taking his current role in broadcasting for the Trailblazers.

Michael Holton speaks about the job of coaches to individualize each of their athletes' development. Coaches should tell each of their athletes to strive to be the best that they can be. Holton explains that it is detrimental to a player when a coach sets goals for them to try and be as good as another player on the team. Instead, coaches should recognize that each player has their own unique talents at a sport and should keep on improving to hone those skills.