Category Archives: Perceptual-Cognitive Skills

Lights, cameras, and reactive agility

Agility lacks a precise definition (Holmberg, 2009;¬†Jeffreys, 2011; Sheppard & Young, 2006). Agility has been defined as the ability to change directions efficiently or with a minimal loss of control or speed (Barnes, Schilling, Falvo, Weiss, Creasy, & Fry, 2007;¬†Safaric … Continue reading

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Awesome training, or is it?

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Coaching decision-making skills

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How do basketball players really make decisions?

Since I wrote Developing Basketball Intelligence, a reader has hounded me to read Sources of Power by Gary Klein. Having never heard of it or Klein, I put off the recommendations, figuring it was another pop science book like Outliers. … Continue reading

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The Game Teaches the Game

Since arriving in Ghana, I have worked a camp, run clinics, and assisted with the Ghanian u18 National Team. Last night, after a clinic, one of the players asked my impressions of the state of the game in Ghana.

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Workout Warriors: Kevin Durant tested as the 78th best athlete in the 2007 NBA Draft

This week, as you watch Oklahoma City and Kevin Durant in the 2012 NBA Finals and read about prodigious performances in NBA teams’ individual workouts, remember that Kevin Durant tested as the 78th out of 80 athletes tested in 2007. … Continue reading

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Is Vision in Sports really Hearing?

Young soccer players are taught to communicate verbally with their teammates. For instance, when a player is receiving the ball with his back to goal, teammates will yell “Turn” or “Man on” to assist the player with his first touch … Continue reading

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The Myth of the Skilled Basketball Player

While we grossly misunderstand the talented basketball players, we also misunderstand the idea of skills. Being skilled does not mean dribbling in straight lines or knocking down jump shots in an empty gym. A skill within the context of an … Continue reading

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Decision Making vs. Playmaking

During my games this season, the player sitting next to me was treated to me saying “now, now, now” and “see him” many times. I said these statements far more than “no, no, no” or “that was a bad shot … Continue reading

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Players overcoming their coaches

On a thread about the poor play of lower-level teams on a message forum, I saw this comment that was posted by “Bball Coach”: My lower level coaches are told to focus on defensive footwork and slides, make sure they … Continue reading

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