Wizards coach Scott Brooks on Tuesday answered a question seldom asked: What’s the point of drawing up plays on a clipboard when he can just use modern technology?
“NBA head coaches, at timeouts, you draw up plays, and you have your clipboard there and you draw it up,” John-Paul Flaim of The Sports Junkies noted to Brooks on 106.7 The Fan. “Why don’t you just turn to like a notebook where you have all your pages already drawn up? And nowadays, with like Surfaces and everything, you can just go, ‘Alright, we’re gonna go with this play.’ Because you have a playbook, correct?”
“Yes,” said the Wizards head coach, who is presented by Greenberg and Bederman.
“That’s a good question. I think it’s because every coach I’ve ever played for did the same thing,” Brooks said. “Although, I did have a little cheat sheet that I have in my pocket, and I have some of our plays, and some of our sets and some of the guys, their favorite plays, and I will go off of that.”
“And, I guess because the board — it’s bigger, it’s easier and the guys can see a bigger board,” he added. “I mean, because it is five across, and sometimes there’s a seat between players, and you have to have their guys’ attention.
“And I will say this: It doesn’t always happen the way you draw it up. Some guys are in a fog, and sometimes they’re not focused and they forget the play. I had a few players that have done that. You just have to give it to them twice. As they’re walking, I say, ‘Okay. You remember where you are, right? Set the first screen.”