With a week left before our college team starts practices, we are feverishly making practice plans and adjusting our approach. As I get in practice mode, there a few things that give me pause to consider. Last week we talked about learning from failure, but the focus this week is on the concept of quitting. Continue reading
As I sat in church one Sunday this past summer, I realized attendance was down on a beautiful summer day and my thoughts were tracking with some observations I’ve had about the basketball world. We are technically in the off-season, but these days there really is no such thing. As the NBA Finals wound down, we were bombarded with news of the draft and free agent signings, and tuned in to watch triple-headers of NBA summer league games – yes, summer league games. And now we’ve analyzing the blockbuster trade between the Cav’s and the Celtics. But it’s not just NBA basketball, as our normal family decision to attend church together was impacted by summer tournaments for both our high school son and our older, now coaching son. Both of them realize this is a chance to improve and I’m all in favor of it, to a certain degree, so we made some accommodations, but I don’t want it to be a habit for me or for my family. And yet, church attendance is frequently down during the summer months for a variety of reasons, as if churchgoers are in an off-season, but should they be? Continue reading
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.