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A Winning Defense

There are several requirements to becoming a great team on the defensive end of the floor.
And it all starts with…
1. Every player MUST dominate their individual matchup
“Guard Your Yard”
Every player must be capable of containing their opponent one-on-one without needing help from their teammates.
That’s not to say players should never help…
(as you’ll see in point #2)
But the fewer rotations that need to be made, the better your defense is going to be.
Every practice should contain 1-on-1 drills.
2. Every player MUST be ready to help when necessary
When a player does get beaten by their opponent (which will happen)…
The team’s off-ball defenders need to be prepared to slide across and help their teammate defensively.
This requires:
Smart off-ball positioning
Basketball IQ
Being in an athletic stance
3. Every player MUST give multiple efforts
Many of the games you coach will be decided by 1 – 5 points.
This makes every single possession important.
You must have players on your team who are willing to…
Take a charge
Dive on the floor after a loose ball.
Fight for every offensive rebound.

These extra possessions are often the difference between winning and losing.

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Don’t reach youngblood

Kyrie Irving, aka Uncle Drew, has emerged into one of the top point guards and has distinguished himself as one of the best ball handlers and below the rim finishers in the game. He also has inherited the Mamba Mentality from Kobe Bryant which led him to many clutch plays during his NBA career, like the side step buzzer beater that sealed last year’s NBA Finals against the warriors bringing the first championship to Cleveland the team that drafted him. Now down 2-0 in the series The Cavs will need more out of Uncle Drew in game 3 if they want to keep the series alive and win another ring. Watch how one of the most electrifying players the game has seen has mastered his craft at such a high level at such a young age in this video. Watch till the end to see Kyrie revealing his secrets to finish around the rim. ~ Basketballprosworkouts via youtube

Michael Jordan. How important is Practice?

You wear the brand, you watched his movie, you hear older guys call him the goat. He never lost in the finals. He won six championships. All the current NBA players want to be like Mike. He was cut from his high school team. This is what it takes to make it.

HUSL BEEZ

These guys didn’t know it but they were the HUSL BEEZ before there was HUSL ELITE. Funny how this goes full circle. Do you know any of these guys from Mira Mesa?
I was coaching with a ruptured Achilles. I think it’s the only time I’ve ever sat down. Rolling on that scooter.

1:100 The Ratio of Practice vs Game

unnamed-1What is the ratio of practice repetition vs game makes? Something I’ve always stressed is; to make 1 shot in the game a player needs to practice it 100 times.  On average, an NBA player plays 4 games a week. In the example to the right, when this article was written Steph Curry was averaging 5 three pointers a game. 4×5 makes 20 and 20:2000 equals a 1:100 ratio. It is something that has tested true. But it’s not just any 100, it has to be a perfect same 100 just for 1 bucket. Take it a step farther 500 for 5.

How about dribbling? Same ratio 1:100 for windshield wipers, walk the dogs, between the legs, behind the back, crossovers, etc. 100 just so a player can dribble behind the back 1 time in a game. The more a player practices the same move the more comfortable he becomes with the dribble. As the player becomes comfortable, he can add to his/her skill/tool box. Let get ready for our upcoming bid. Lets be a Finalist.

DON’T BLAME AAU, IT’S THE COACHES

Games, Games, Games. That is how it goes. Find the best talent and go to tournaments. There is a lack of development these days,  the desire to win, and the hatred of losing. AAU/travel ball is a tool for coaches. Coaching or a lack there of is ruining the game. I’ve seen first hand of clubs assembling the most talented squad for the summer and just playing games. Practice consisted of individual offensive moves and scrimmages. What are you paying for games, game time or coaching and development? Be wise in choosing your program for you child. Make sure the program fits your desires for your child. If playing is a priority, recreation ball ensures equal playing time. If development is your priority, there should be fewer games and more practice.  If winning is at all cost is a priority, well find a loud mouth coach and pray your child gets to play with the revolving door of players. It’s not AAU but the components that make up AAU.