Good Offense vs. Good Defense

The seven principles of offense and defense written below were created by Del Harris.  I think they could be very useful in the creation and evaluation of  your system of play.

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Team Development: Learning From Dysfunction

I recently read a Tweet by Five-Star Basketball that listed "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team".  

I really found them interesting and wanted to take some time to learn from them.  

In some cases, it can be helpful to consider the negatives before the positives.  


The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Trait #1: Absence of Trust

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Player Evaluation

The three areas of player evaluation according to Rick Majerus are:

     1.  Attitude

     2.  Athletic Ability

     3.  Basketball Skills

I have listed some of his "Look For's" below.  I found this to be very helpful!


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Ball Screen Discipline

A master teacher's first 3 steps:

1.  Collect Information  

2.  Shape Your Plan  

3.  Establish Routine and Discipline 

The above information was provided by Mike Dunlap on Twitter.  I like applying this to the ball screen because it is such a big part of today's basketball.

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Shot Selection: Good Shot or Bad Shot

"Bad shooters are always open." –Pete Carril

"Allowing your team to take contested shots regularly will get you fired.  They are invisible turnovers." –Fran Fraschilla

"Shooting percentage is just as much about decision making as it is about technique." –Jeff Van Gundy

Teaching and learning shot selection is critical to team success.  

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Analyzing Turnovers for Better Play

I recently had an idea that I would like to expand on in this blog.  The idea is to try and teach better individual and team play through the observation and analysis of turnovers. 

My current checklist for turnover analysis is listed below:

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Bad Plays Lose Games

"Victory favors the team with the fewest errors. It is not the great plays that win games, it's bad plays that lose games." –Bob Knight

I think it would be a really good idea to discuss this quote with your staff or team.  

The discussion could begin with….

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Teaching Dribble-Outs

After reading a great article by George Raveling on "Player Development" I was reminded of a recent experience.

A drill that I like to do frequently during workouts and practices is called "Dribble-Outs". There are many important skills within this simple drill.

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Advantages to Disadvantages

I am very excited about the speakers I was able to observe at the 2014 Spring Nike Championship Basketball Clinic at Robert Morris University.  All of the speakers were excellent.  This particular blog will be about the session on "Using Disadvantage Drills to Your Advantage" presented by Frank Allocco of De La Salle High School (CA).

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Scouting Report

Effective scouting of an opponent is a potential way to obtain a competitive advantage.  

Obtaining, organizing, and analyzing information is only part of the equation. The other part is effectively communicating, practicing and implementing a strategy for successful game execution.

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