Category Archive for: ‘Instruction’

RRO Zone Play: Screen Away Pick and Roll

After numerous requests over a long period of time for more animated illustrations, I finally got around to doing one. This animated play illustrates a very effective way to attack a zone.

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Zone Defenses: Evolve or Die

The problem isn’t that zone defenses fail to teach young players proper defense, the problem is too many coaches fail to teach proper defense when teaching zones.

Don’t shoot the message, shoot the messenger.

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The Elements of Offense: How to actualize a good half court offense

What do good offenses such as the Princeton Offense and the Read and Read Offense have in common? And what does a half court offense do — and not do — for your team?

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Your shot chart is lying to you (and what to do about it)

Observing shot creation and location can transform your understanding and analysis of any basketball game, making you a more effective coach, more valuable player, and a more informed fan of the game.

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Unattended Cutters: a Basketballogy Exclusive

Unattended cutters are an unheralded way to attack zone defenses. Let data from MIT’s Sloan Sports Analytics conference, and the 2012 NBA Finals and 2012 London Olympics show you how to give your offense another weapon against the zone.

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The Read and React Offense: Beating a Zone with Layer 1

Use Layer 1 concepts to create unattended cutters against a zone defense.

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Ask Rick Torbett

I will be interviewing Rick Torbett, CEO of Better Basketball, in a few weeks, and would like to hear from you guys as to what you would like me to ask him.

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How excuses, blaming and complaining undermine mental toughness (how to fail part 2d)

Whether or not you realize it, when we are tempted to blame, complain or make excuses we are actually standing at a crossroads: one is marked “victim” and the other “victor.”

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Denial: It ain’t just a river in Egypt (how to fail, part 2c)

Hope is much better than merely having a positive attitude, because hope acknowledges the reality that sometimes things don’t look so good, but likewise embraces the rest of the truth: that things will look up — particularly if you make good choices now.

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Unawareness: Success’s Blind Side (How to fail, part 2b)

I love playing and coaching basketball so much that the game is still fun to me even when I lose. What I don’t like is losing and not really know why or how. Unawareness is a form of self-deception, and as such, is a killer of success.

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