Finishing at the basket

I teach players to jump off two feet when they expect contact at the basket. When shooting a power layup, as many refer to it, I teach players to square their shoulders to the baseline, rather than to the basket, to use the width of their bodies to protect the ball. Read more

How do we determine a “great drill”?

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Post Play: An Endangered Species?

This week’s men’s Final Four has many excited because of the potential for a low-post dual between Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns. In a preview of the potential matchup, and the upcoming NBA Draft, Sports Illustrated’s basketball writers wrote about their preferences. Chris Mannix wrote:

True centers are an endangered species and Okafor has 15-year franchise pivot potential.

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Coaching a European Club – Week 29: Semifinals

After sweeping our first-round play-off series, we had to wait until Wednesday night to find out our next opponent. I structured the week to focus on general things on Monday, our offense on Wednesday, and our defense on Friday, after we knew our opponent.

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Coaching a European Club – Week 20

Note: I had nothing to write for week 19, so I skipped it.

After our winter break, we returned to the gym with only seven guys. Two guys had to return to their home countries to take their final exams for (online) high school. Another player went to Africa for a meditation retreat. Another player was away with his family for vacation. Finally, my American returned with the flu. After two practices, we played a practice game against a 2nd Division team and won easily. There was not much to take from the game. However, our three guards played all 40 minutes, so I felt conditioning would not be a big problem; our two young bigs started to make some plays; and our best player played 20 minutes in his return from injury and had no problems.  Read more

Recruiting and the Development of Tall Players

I spent this week watching the girls’ basketball state play-offs with an eye on evaluating players for the junior college where I work as a strength coach in the event that the basketball coaches ask for a second opinion. In debating the merits of various post players for a junior-college program, I returned to a persistent question that is relevant to coaches of all ages: Is the goal to win now or to develop players for long-term success? Here is how the question plays out: Read more

Coaching Frosh Basketball 2.0 – Week 5

We started with a game on Monday. I don’t like Monday games since Sunday practice is prohibited. Never know how freshmen will react after a day off. From the opening tip, we were in control, but we never really put our opponent away. When I spoke to the team, I did not have too much to critique: our defense was solid, we were getting open shots, we were rebounding better. Read more

Ettore Messina Post Play Clinic

Real Madrid Head Coach Ettore Messina illustrates basic post play instruction for young players at a clinic in Toronto, Ontario.

2-Ball Block-to-Block Post Moves Drill

Here is the 2-Ball Block-to-Block Post Moves Drill from the Playmakers Basketball Development League curriculum:

  • What Is A Playmaker?

    Who decided that a point guard has to be small? More importantly, what is a point guard? We expect a point guard to be a leader and have a high basketball I.Q. Why don’t we expect or challenge all players to develop this game awareness? Why rely on only one player? Read more →
  • The PBDL Concept

    English soccer academies wait until players are 11 to play full 11v11 soccer; in Italy, youth basketball players participate in skill-oriented clinics at 6-years-old, but start competitive games at 12. In the United States, kids play 5v5 full court games and compete for national championships when they are 8-years-old.

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  • Starting A PBDL

    The PBDL emphasizes learning and development. Presently, players and parents have numerous recreation options - leagues based on fun and equal participation, typically for beginners - and numerous competitive opportunities - teams focused on strategy, game preparation and winning. There are few true development leagues - until now.

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