Author Archives: Brian McCormick

Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletter

To sign up for the free weekly Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletter, enter your email in the box in the right-hand column. NBA scout, youth coach, and father Clarence Gaines tweeted about the weekly newsletters and the book:

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Triple Threat Fundamentals

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How to get a coaching job in Europe, Part 2

Last summer, I wrote about the random and lucky manner in which I was hired to coach in Europe this past season. My goal when I was hired was to gain promotion for my club, which would enable me to … Continue reading

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The Way to Teach the Game

When we structure practices or training sessions, these are the skills that should be taught and emphasized.

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Triple threat and ball movement

Since the NBA Western Conference Semifinals, I have written several articles about the needlessness of the triple threat position based on the San Antonio Spurs ball movement (here, here, here, and here).

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The San Antonio Spurs, Ball Movement, and Triple Threat

Our expectations and desires are incongruent with the way in which we teach the game of basketball. Judging by television, twitter, and conversations with coaches, we want everyone to play like this:

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Academia and Athletics

Earlier this month, I had two on-campus interviews for jobs in the academic world. Last year, I had an interview to be the head strength and conditioning coach at a Division I university. The hiring processes were dramatically different. 

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The mid-range jump shot will be saved by analytics

In 2001, I coached an u9 boys’ basketball team. When we thought about our system, and the shots that we wanted to take, we essentially eliminated mid-range shots. At nine-years-old, any outside shot was an inefficient shot. We set up a … Continue reading

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Principle of specificity versus random and variable practice

Originally published in Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletter 6.3. To subscribe, enter your email address to the right. As we performed our usual shooting drill at the beginning of practice, I yelled at one player to curl into his shot, as … Continue reading

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Advice for an aspiring college coach

Earlier this season, the Director of Basketball Operations at a well-known Division 1 university emailed and asked about coaching in Europe. As I wrote last summer, I am asked frequently about landing a job in Europe. Many young coaches, it seems, … Continue reading

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