Found June 16, 2013 on Celtics Green ...a boston celtics blog.:
Much of the talk this off season has been about coaches.  Twelve teams fired their coaches and are looking for new ones.  Of course, there is the Doc Rivers debacle going on.  So, it seems like a good time to take our minds off all the Doc talk and go back to the Master and read about his coaching philosophy.   Red Auerbach wrote Basketball for the Player, the Fan and the Coach back in 1952.  The book sold for 25 cents originally and eventually sold over a million copies and was published in Polish, Russian, Italian, Japanese and Burmese.  Here are some coaching tips (and gamesmanship) from the man who wrote the book on coaching. When a player notices an official's indecision as to an out of bounds ball, he should run over and pick it up with the full confidence that it is his. Use the hands to hold and block cutters under the basket. Faking injuries is used for many reasons such as stalling for time and giving the impression that a player will not be at his best. Some players may agitate their opponents by incessant chatter., refusing to talk to them at all, or even ridicule. If the opposing team has a high scorer, keep reminding the other players of their uselessness because the scorer takes all the shots. Grabbing or pulling the pants or shirt of the opponent can be very aggravating. During the held or jump balla player can go in and out of the circle with the purpose of getting the opposing jumper's timing off. When an opponent needs one more foul to be disqualified or has a light injury, keep reminding him about it.  Very often slight movement of the body is used to distract the opposing foul shooter. Jockeying from the bench can be annoying. When a player has only one foul left before being disqualified, some member of his team should mention it loud enough for the officials to hear.  This may result in an official hesitating to call a slight infraction. When your opponent makes a good play, don't congratulate him, merely mention that he was lucky.  Place the scorer and timer's table near your bench.  It is not advisable to announce your starting lineup until just before the game.  If you are away from home, it might be wise to see your opponent's lineup before you give your own. Wait until the other team has started warming up and then request their basket.  This request must be   honored away from home.   It's no wonder that Red was alternately copied and hated by opposing coaches, and loved by Celtics nation.  He didn't cheat, but he pushed the limit of gamesmanship to give his team an edge, whatever it took to win.  When it was suggested that he played dirty, Red would have none of it.   He would say, "What's dirty? What's tricky?  Hell, what's winning basketball?  If it's legal and it helps you win, you do it."   Pat Riley, former Lakers' coach, always felt that Red would do anything to get an edge. When the Lakers were awakened by a fire alarm in the middle of the night in their Boston hotel, Riley suspected Red. There was no air conditioning in the old Boston Garden and Game 5 of the 1984 Finals was played on a humid, 95-degree night in Boston. Riley said Red had the heat turned up in the visitor's locker room at the Garden. Red was legend. He was the standard by which all other coaches must be measured., tricks or no tricks. [Discuss on CG Forums!]
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