Tag Archives: defense

Coaching decision-making skills

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The closeout is the epitome of fake fundamentals

I have written previously about fake fundamentals. I think drills like the zigzag drill or three-man weave are fake fundamental drills: They look like they are teaching a skill, but the drill has no relation to the game and performing … Continue reading

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Teaching lateral movement with proper shin angles

Below is a video by Brijesh Patel, the strength & conditioning coach at Quinnipiac University. This is exactly how I teach lateral movement with basketball players.

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The 2012 NBA Draft: Finding the LeBron James & Kevin Durant Antidote

In 2009, I wrote “The Donte Greene Experiment” and suggested that Donte Greene learn from Trevor Ariza and become the updated Shane Battier/Bruce Bowen: A defensive stopper able to match up with superstars like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Paul … Continue reading

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Basketball in the 21st Century

I am working with a freshmen team, and the players look at me like I am crazy with some of the things that I teach. Every player admitted that he had been told/taught never to cross his feet on defense. … Continue reading

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Three Thoughts about this Summer’s Exposure Events

I visited two different tournaments and watched a handful of girls’ basketball teams. Here are three quick thoughts: 1. People often criticize the play in these events and suggest that teams do not play defense. I disagree. I saw girls … Continue reading

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