Basketball Transition Defense: are You Tom Izzo or Coach Bennett?

By: Coach DeForest Why is this Important? If you ask most coaches to describe what the game of basketball is when you simplify it to its basic principles they will give you offense and defense. While this is true, Bobby Knight believes that transition is a critical component of sound basketball. Think about it for Read more about Basketball Transition Defense: are You Tom Izzo or Coach Bennett?[…]

A High School Coach’s Impact on Professional Basketball Players

Carlo Rotella of the Washington Post wrote an article about the NBA’s D-League and followed up the article with a chat. When asked about some of the things that surprised him, Rotella answered: I was a little surprised to find how unanimous the players were–at least the ones I talked to–about their high school coaches Read more about A High School Coach’s Impact on Professional Basketball Players[…]

Winning and Losing and Player Development

One issue with developing young players is the emphasis placed on winning by coaches and parents. In a rush to perform, players sometimes sacrifice the process. But you can count Nick Bollettieri, the man who may have done more to bring about the demise of serve and volley than anyone, as a believer in its Read more about Winning and Losing and Player Development[…]

Finishing the Season: Three Approaches to Late-Season Practices

The March 8, 2010 ESPN the Magazine has an article titled “Too Much of a Good Thing” about the Texas Longhorns. In the article, Elena Bergeron compares Rick Barnes’ mid-season strategy to that of some other coaches. “We think the human body can take only three high-level, hard workouts a week,” Barnes says. In the Read more about Finishing the Season: Three Approaches to Late-Season Practices[…]

You or We: The Power of Language

On TV last weekend, the cameras went into a coach’s huddle and captured his comments. He was frustrated with his team, as he had called the timeout to stop the opponent’s run. He said: “When WE move the ball from side to side, WE get great shots. However, when YOU hold the ball on one Read more about You or We: The Power of Language[…]

Identifying Age or Potential

Originally published by┬áLos Angeles Sports & Fitness, January/February 2009. My first organized sport was soccer. In kindergarten, I joined a soccer club sponsored by my church. My teammates were mostly 1st graders. With a late September birthday, I started school late, so I was older for my class. However, youth soccer had a January 1 Read more about Identifying Age or Potential[…]

Does Every Player Deserve Playing Time?

This season, I coached in a program that believed every player deserves to play in every game. I never coached this way. I usually stuck with an 8 or 9-player rotation. From the outset, I told the players that they were not guaranteed playing time; they earned their playing time through practice. However, I played Read more about Does Every Player Deserve Playing Time?[…]