I have never met a basketball player who did not want to become a better shooter. However, many players don't understand how to get better, especially young players. Just grabbing a ball and shooting for a while is not enough to get you better. Below are a few hints that I hope will help.
Few positions on a basketball team are as important and as difficult to play as the post position. Too many times post players lose opportunities due to over analysis and over-thinking as those that are lost in the post.
Post play is a position of action and reaction. Once you get the ball, time spent thinking about what to do is opportunity lost for the player. Below are some hints that might help your post play.
As coaches, we must find better way to utilize our practice time. Just about everything we do has to have multiple purposes so we have the maximum amount of time to teach and prepare our players to be the best they can be.
Gone, I believe, are the days we can take 15 - 20 minutes out for practice to condition our players. Suicides, 17s, sprints, etc. are of limited effectiveness anyway, I think, but to use skill or team time to do them is a miss placed priority.
Defensive Reaction is a drill that conditions, reinforces defensive footwork, builds intensity and only takes a few minutes.
The evolution of basketball marches on. The game is a living, breathing entity that, like a shark, must keep moving ahead or it will die. Those of us that have been watching for decades can readily see the changes. Those too young to remember the game in the 60s, 70s, 80s and even the 90s will see the changes from now forward.
It is unfortunate that the game players play the most is also the least relevant to the game of basketball; "1-on-1."
Go past any schoolyard and you'll see two players playing 1-on-1. Take the ball out on the top of the key, take 10-12 dribbles to back the opponent down to the basket and then try to shoot over him. That is the way 99% of all one-on-one games go. It builds bad habits, limits understanding of the game and erodes needed skills.
Below are some competitive 1-on-1 basketball drills that might do a better job of improving players' skills and help them reach playing objectives.
Pan American Maccabi Games
Coaching jobs are hard to come by, at any level, anywhere. I feel so fortunate and honored to be selected to the staff of the Maccabi USA Open Pan American team, along with Stu Wittner, former Head Coach at Pace University and Steve Rosner, who made his name as the agent for some of the biggest names in sports. We will be competing in the Maccabi Pan American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil from Dec. 24 to Jan 2. This is my third experience coaching internationally having coached the Miami Tropics in the first FIBA Americas League in 2006-2007 and in Austria in 2009.
I am a huge proponent of leaving your brain at the door when you step on the court. I believe that over-thinking produces the most deadly of all game killers, "Analysis Paralysis."
Just by looking at the words (a good English project for players) "analysis paralysis" means what it says, you are unable to take action because you are examining your action so closely that it forces you to freeze.
DRILLZ AND SKILLZ/BREAKTHROUGH BASKETABALL "ATTACK AND COUNTER" SKILLZ CLINIC IN CHICAGO AREA
The Drillz and Skillz/Breakthrough Basketball "Atack and Counter" Skills Clinic held in Libertyville, Il (40 minutes outside of Chicago) is history and was a great success.
The object of offense is to score. Every possession. Out-of-bounds plays present opportunities to score. To many times, we use O-O-Bs as an opportunity to just get the ball inbounds. It is not ofter that you start a possession so close to the basket. It is a great advantage. Use it.
Here are 2 simple out of bounds plays from under the basket that can be used against all kinds of defenses.
Coaches are always looking for plays. I have a playbook with over 500 plays in it. Many, I have never run, others I have run with varying degrees of success. I go to a game and see a play I like I write it down. I go to a clinic and a speaker who draws a play I find interesting, I write it down. I speak to a coach who says, “This works for me,” I write it down.
Here are a few things that I have learned while going through this process. First, coaches are infatuated with patterns. That is not a bad thing, but it is a thing. When coaches see things that are innovative, new and involve multiple cuts, they are drawn to it.
The 10 Spot Shooting Drill is a drill that will allow you to improve your shooting while also improving some of the other subtleties that separate good players from bad players. This basketball drill features high shot repetition, intensive pivot work, effective ball handling, agility and conditioning.
Luther Wright H. S. and coach Tom Mott in Ironwood, Michigan hosted a Drillz and Skillz/Breakthrough Basketball skills clinic on July 22-24.
I am a big golf fan. Not only to I love to play, but I am always finding lessons in golf that I can use in teaching basketball. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go the other way. I have not found anything in any other aspect of my life that will help me with golf. If you have read anything else that I have written, you will notice there are a lot of golf references. I even recommend the book “Zen Golf” to all of my basketball clients because I believe there is a great carry over in the mental aspects of golf that can help in almost any other situation.