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Kevin Eastman (@kevineastman) was Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Los Angeles Clippers. For the 2013-2014 season, he served as assistant coach under PCA National Advisory Board Member Doc Rivers and served as Rivers’ assistant for nine years with the Celtics, including their 2007-2008 NBA Championship season. Kevin also continues his long relationship with Nike as the national director of Nike’s skill development programs for elite high school and college players, and he is owner and president of Kevin Eastman Basketball and co-founder of Coaching U LIVE.

In this video, Eastman emphasizes the significance of developing trust. He believes the best way to develop trust is on defense, and that trust is when none of his players have to turn around on the court. Even at the professional level, coaches use the same drills that were essential at the 9-year old level. This is because the “fundamentals of the game never change, the players executing the fundamentals change.” Trust is necessary for any organization to be successful, and trust needs to be built from the ground up with every player on your team.