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More Complex Coaching Can Mean More Mistakes

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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.

Because basketball is such a mistake-prone game, Mermuys makes the argument that for coaches and players, "less is more." If coaches can communicate things in simple ways for their athletes, their athletes are more likely to grasp it. Coaches should avoid trying to teach too many complicated ideas at once, and instead focus on teaching fewer things very well. If coaches try and accomplish too much and are teaching too many things at the same time, not only does the coaching quality decrease, but players are less likely to grasp the ideas being put forward. While it's easy to over-coach with so much information at your fingertips, it may be better for coaches to focus on one lesson at a time so that players make fewer mistakes.