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"Giving the Green Light"
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* On a 2 on 1 fastbreak, allow a great shooter to "hunt the 3" instead of going for layup.
* Best fast break is when you have three players that can bring the ball downcourt.
* Reggie Miller did not leave the gym until he made his last 12 shots. Find guys who "love the game".
* Players must be held accountable for practice habits. They must practice as hard on practice 58 as they did on practice 1.
* Look at what players CAN do, not at what they CAN'T do.
* Offensive post player must CREATE CONTACT.
* A good free throw shoote knows his free throw percentage. A bad free throw shooter does not know his percentage.
* A good player must be able to transition both ways. RUN on offense, GET BAC FAST on defense. A player's first three steps are the key to transition offense or defense.
In your scouting preparation, know whether or not your opponents prevent the drive to the middle or the drive to the baseline. This knowledge should help you in your game preparation.
"The two ingredients in success in
basketball are playing hard and playing intelligently"...
* Achieving the position of coach doesn't make you one overnight.
* The only time some people work like a horse is when the boss rides them.
* When shooting a 3-point shot, some players may be better off shooting a "set" shot with feet on the floor rather than a jump shot. Lack of strength can decrease accuracy.
* Sometimes it is clever strategy to use a Box and One on a sideline out of bounds play with few seconds left.
* When using the 35 second shot clock and you get the ball with 55-60 seconds left, make sure you take a shot with 45 seconds left so the opponent cannot hold the ball for the last shot. This gives you a 2 for 1 shot situation. Many coaches have a special play for this situation in which they know who is going to take the quick shot.
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."... Winston Churchill
"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you."...Carl Sandberg
"A leader must show the face his team needs to see."...Mike Krzyzewski
"If an idea is worth having once, it is worth having twice."...Tom Stoppard
"Things that we do well will win for
* "Remember that basketball is a game of habits. If you make the other guy deviate from his habits, you've got him."....Bill Russell
GIVING THE GREEN LIGHT
As we began summer workouts not long ago, one of our returning underclassmen was shooting the lights out. When I went over to praise her improvement, I asked her why we had not seen that last season. She replied, "Because you told me not to shoot." I was puzzled, as I racked my brain trying to think of a time I had ever told a player not to shoot the ball. When I asked her what my specific words were, she said "You told me I didn't have the 'green light'."
So there it was, the proverbial "green light"-the words which imply to a shooter a James Bond-like license to gun from anywhere on the court at any time. This player had associated my telling her she didn't have the "green light" with my not wanting her to shoot. I soon concluded the disconnect between my words and her perception was not her fault. I had failed to properly explain my philosophy on shooting and what I meant by the term"green light".
My philosophy on shooting is fairly simple -- as my high school coach and mentor said, "You can't shoot too much; you can only miss too much." He also believed in feeding the hot shooter until that shooter went cold. MORE.
SPECIAL STRATEGY IDEAS:
* Score is tied with 20 seconds to go. Opponent has ball and calls time out. Make sure you substitute your 5 best defensive players. If the situation is in reverse, you might not want to call time out to keep your opponents best defenders out of the game. Whether you do call timeout will be determined by how much you have practiced the last minute situation.
* When you make a free throw to tie or take the lead in the last 15-20 seconds of a game, call timeout so that you can sub your best defenders into the game.
When using the zone press, (1) use two or more alignments and change from one to the other, (2) Take it off (if opponent successfully attacks) and put it back on a few minutes later (often the opponent does not attack as well the next time).
* When your opponent is shooting a free throw to win or tie with seconds left in the game, use any method available to distract his/her concentration. (1) Call time-out, (2) Substitute more than once, (3) Have a players comment to the shooter, (4) Have your captain talk to the referee. Use any distraction you can to break the shooter's concentration.
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Last updated: June 25, 2008