Category: HUSL

NBA – What Is Hard Work?

It is not about the level you start at, its about the where you finish. It’s about the process.

Become a Lockdown Defender: On-Ball Defense

Defense is half of the game of basketball. If you can’t lock down on defense, your ability to change the game will drop significantly. Although defense is substantially based on athleticism, technique can be developed and mastered to assist you in becoming a superior defender. by~ By Any Means Basketball

Drills that don’t work!

I got this in an email from Coach Mac. I saw this video in IG and the trainer is from the Greater Toronto area.

Boxing or Basketball

Picture this crazy drill…
One player standing on a BOSU ball.
One player sitting on an exercise ball.
Both facing each other.
The player on the BOSU ball dribbling with their right hand.
The player on the exercise ball dribbling with their left hand.
Both players have a boxing glove on their opposite hand and are punching the other’s glove.
And to top it off, the player on the exercise ball is wearing dribbling glasses.
Insane, right?

These are the kind of ineffective drills that are used by coaches who claim to be ‘elite skill trainers’.
As one of my Twitter followers pointed out, the only time this will help a player is if they happen to get into a boxing match during a basketball game while there’s an earthquake…
Coaches who use drills like the one described above are more concerned with flash and ‘looking cool’ than actually developing basketball players.
And the worst part?
Parents and players who don’t know any better will often fall for this act because using a bunch of props looks like it works.
But it doesn’t…

Here are descriptions of a few other ‘pointless’ drills I’ve seen on social media
• A player attempting to keep 5 basketball bouncing at one time by dribbling each basketball as high as possible and then sprinting around the court like a headless chicken trying to keep each basketball alive.
• A player with one leg in a truck tire dribbling in circles in the dirt outside while their coaches constantly bumps them and yells at them.
• A player wearing a headband with a long string attached to it with a tennis ball on the end. The goal is to punch the tennis ball in front while dribbling a medicine ball.
What a waste of time…

“So, what drills actually do improve players?”
Drills that involve players competing one-on-one…
Drills that work on shooting in game-like situations…
Drills that develop and improve footwork…
Drills that allow players to practice attacking closeouts…
Basically, drills that involves players practicing in situations that occur often during real games.
Not gimmicks.
– Coach Mac
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How Small Guards Use Height to their Advantage!

Let’s face it: as a smaller guard, basketball becomes much more difficult. But that doesn’t have to be the end of the story. Guards like Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Keene, Tyler Ulis, Chris Paul, and legends like Muggsy Bogues, Calvin Murphy, and Nate Robinson have proved that a shorter stature can be used just as well as the average NBA frame. Check out how above. The next installment will include finishing and facilitating! -By Any Means Basketball

Few words from Klay Thompson

Watch professional basketball player Klay Thompson coach young athletes on and off the court, sharing his tips including taking care of one’s body with strong recovery after a tough workout, working hard and having fun. via~ Built with Chocolate Milk

Fall 2017 Game 4&5

babydaddy_michael_jordan-edit-2The lessons are mounting up, but not too concerned right now. Keep your head up team, the real goal is to make your high school team. Get better every practice and every game. Learn from the lessons and increase your game IQ. The main thing is to learn from your mistakes. You cannot keep making them and think you’re making progress. As a team, we are getting better. A couple of keys to keep in mind; practice at game speed, learn from mistakes, don’t quit and work on free throws. It is far better to lose and learn than to quit. Quitting is habit-forming and contagious. I know it’s tough, keep fighting, provide the effort, the win is coming. These lessons will make the 1st victory so special.

Key player’s efforts that produced numbers:
Game 4: Josiah 8 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals
Game 4: Deangleo 8 rebounds and 1 block

Game 5: Erias 12 rebounds
Game 5: Mariah 7 points and 3 steals
Game 5: Josiah 9 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists