NBA TV’s Open Court to Premiere Sixth Season with Panel Featuring NBA Head Coaches, Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. ET

October 3, 2016

Doc Rivers, Mike D’Antoni, Tom Thibodeau, Dwane Casey & Terry Stotts to Discuss Broad Range of Topics Including Earning Respect from Players & Establishing a Winning Culture in One-Hour Special     


NBA TV’s critically acclaimed Open Court series will begin its sixth season with a panel of NBA head coaches, Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. ET. NBA TV’s Matt Winer will steer the roundtable forum through an in-depth discussion with topics including earning players’ trust, building a winning culture and their most difficult coaching challenges.


Open Court: Coaches Edition will bring fans into the minds of five veteran NBA coaches – 2000 NBA Coach of the Year and 2008 NBA Champion Doc Rivers of the L.A. Clippers; 2011 NBA Coach of the Year Tom Thibodeau of the Minnesota Timberwolves; 2005 NBA Coach of the Year Mike D’Antoni of the Houston Rockets; Dwane Casey, who led the Toronto Raptors to their first-ever appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals; and Terry Stotts, who has coached the Portland Trail Blazers to the playoffs each of the past three seasons.


Open Court will be televised the first three weeks in October leading up to the 2016-17 NBA season, with additional feature episodes airing later in the season.


Excerpts from Open Court: Coaches Edition:


Casey on the coach’s role after a loss: “You go in [to the locker room] after the game, and you want to vent. I learned a while ago that when you go in and vent like that, you are usually wrong – until you go home, watch the film and see what the game was really about, see if that guy really made a mistake. So I’ve learned to talk about a few general things, watch the film and then come back [to address the game in practice].”


Thibodeau on the most challenging player he has have ever coached: “That season – 2008 – the challenge was to get everyone onto the same page as quickly as possible, because we had so many new guys. Rajon [Rondo] was the point guard, and it was a good thing that he had that stubbornness to him because he kept us organized. I thought each year, he grew – it was a challenge, but he did great things for us.”


D’Antoni on the experience of coaching Kobe Bryant: “It’s a privilege to coach him, if you can call that coaching. He’s got a mind of his own, he’s going to do what he wants to do. I saw some things that humans can’t do – the way he battles pain; the way he prepares himself. Mentally, he’s one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been around.”

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