14DON’T LOOK AT THE SCOREBOARD

“Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out.”

SOME MIGHT THINK THAT a least a few of my coaching habits were a bit unusual. For example, I kept a sealed envelope in my UCLA office that contained a slip of paper with predictions on it. No one was allowed to see those predictions until the Bruins’ regular season was over—and then only a select few.

Each year in the weeks before practice began, I would study the upcoming basketball schedule, evaluate teams, players, coaches, past outcomes, and officials, where the games would be played, and the day and time of those games. Then I would get out my yellow pencil and make an educated guess on what the upcoming season would hold for the ...

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