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How Positive Team Chemistry Starts In The Locker Room

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Terry Porter (@terryporter30) is the Head Men's Basketball Coach at the University of Portland. Porter also played in the NBA, primarily for the Portland Trailblazers. He played ten seasons with two All-Star Game appearances for Portland, spending 17 total years in the NBA as a player. Following his retirement as a player in 2002, he began coaching in the league and has twice been a head coach, first with his hometown Milwaukee Bucks, and then with the Phoenix Suns up until February 16, 2009.

In this video, Porter shares that all great teams come together in the locker room. Every great team that Porter has been part of has a family environment where all players respect each other, enjoy each other, love each other, know how one another are doing, In Porter's experience, this locker room camaraderie is often reflected in team chemistry on the court and can help a team win. If everybody is on the same page off the court, it's more likely they will be on the same page on the court too. Porter urges all coaches to focus on the "locker room" culture first, as it often translates to on-court success down the road.