Basketball on Paper: Playing the Blame-Game

"Players don't win games, teams do. As a result, players shouldn't look for their own points, they should look to maximize team points. Players shouldn't care about stopping their own man if it means that other guys are scoring easily against teammates. Basketball is a team game, where winning as a team is all that … Continue reading Basketball on Paper: Playing the Blame-Game

Basketball on Paper: Game Theory

"Quantification of individual credit on a basketball team is one of the main goals of this book as well. I want to engineer the success of a team of individuals, first and foremost. But "engineering," almost by its very nature, means breaking success down into its different components and understanding the value of those components." … Continue reading Basketball on Paper: Game Theory

Basketball on Paper: Teamwork & Stat Significance

"The statistics won't replace a book on how to coach a team and certainly cannot replace the experience of learning/playing the sport with your hands on a basketball. But for a coach whose job revolves around getting players to cooperate, it is important that statistics reflect, to some degree, how well they are doing." Key … Continue reading Basketball on Paper: Teamwork & Stat Significance

Basketball on Paper: How It Works

"This book does not introduce new offensive structures or defensive schemes."  "Instead, this book was originally conceived as an aid to coaches in a more general manner. The most obvious specific contribution is through several statistical measures." Key Takeaways: Chapters 1 & 2 What to Expect Score Sheet Intro to PPP Former NBA/WNBA Front Office … Continue reading Basketball on Paper: How It Works

Winning Defense: Defending Off-Ball Screens

"While the determination to play defense combined with the willingness to give up one's body physically are more important than technique, to be truly outstanding on defense an individual and team must combine intelligent technique with great desire." Key Takeaways Backscreens Cross-screens Downscreens Defending the off-ball screens starts with on-the-ball pressure. Our terminology is to … Continue reading Winning Defense: Defending Off-Ball Screens

Winning Defense: Defending the Pick & Roll

"Basketball teams at every level commonly use a number of two-and three man play actions such as back-picking, down-picking, screen and roll, flex, pick-the-picker, and others." Key Takeaways: Evolution of 2-Man Action Defensive Approach Evolution of Pick & Roll The ballscreen has been historically relevant for decades. Yet, it didn't become popularized until Chuck Daly's … Continue reading Winning Defense: Defending the Pick & Roll

Winning Defense: Defending Set Offenses

Key Takeaways: Preventative Post Defense 45 Degree Bump & Release "5 Strong" on Weakside Help Post touches are scoring threats beyond making a move to score; it tends to force perimeter players to sag or ball watch which leaves the threat of basket-cutters or inside-out shooting. So, the best post defense is preventative in nature … Continue reading Winning Defense: Defending Set Offenses