Setting the Pick and Roll

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What’s not to love about the Pick and Roll?  Turn on the NBA playoffs and you’ll see a ball screen just about every other possession.  While there’s nothing like pacing and spacing to rev up an offense, ball screens and the actions they create, like rolling, popping, or slipping, force the defense to do something.  And that’s when an offense can truly be effective by responding to how a defense attempts to play.  We’ve talked about them before in Snaking the Ball Screen and Sex and the Pick and Roll, but teams in the playoffs continue to advance in their creativity in utilizing ball screens.  As the complexity grows and filters down to all levels, however, learning and teaching ball screens remains a basic fundamental that none of us should ignore.

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2017 NBA Playoffs: Commence the Defense

As my wife and I travel to pack up our daughter after her first year of college, we’ll be staying in the heart of a major college town over Graduation Weekend.  It’s hectic and crazy, but can also feel a sense of accomplishment and hope in the air.  As I think about our senior players who will soon be graduating and as I watch the NBA Playoffs unfold, two themes have been on my mind – college players moving on and NBA players finally playing some defense! Continue reading


2017 NBA Playoffs: It Just So Happened

It’s all about the stories, isn’t it?  The stories of the NBA Playoffs are not just about the X’s & O’s.  And while I keep a close coaching eye on the game plans, strategies, and adjustments, I am just as drawn to the personal stories of the players and coaches on display in the playoffs. It’s all about their stories and when you consider how some of these guys made it to where they are, their stories are often inspirational and fascinating – but then again, when you look closely, each of us has our own intriguing and often inspirational story.  We just have to uncover them.

BASKETBALL – Making His Mark

It just so happened that a little boy was born into a family in Sudan, a nation ravaged by civil wars. Continue reading