Coaching a European Club – Week 11

This week was the first time that we have played a league game against a team that we have faced, so it was the first time that I have had an opportunity to prepare for an opponent in league. When we played our opponent the first time, we led the entire game, but they kept the game close by hitting a number of three-pointers, many from stagger screens. Therefore, we worked on our defense against screens as the major emphasis for the week.  […]

Using the club system to develop a true feeder system

Last week, after watching some of the youth teams in the club play, I asked to organize a coach’s meeting. My purpose for the meeting was a desire to create a club philosophy. Within our club, coaches change almost every year, as most youth teams are coached by senior players. Therefore, there is little consistency from year to year, and the growth and development of the players appears slow and fragmented.  […]

Coaching a European Club – Week 10

This week started off roughly. As we gathered to start practice, I had everyone huddle together, as I planned to ask about their impressions of the game from the weekend. As we walked together, our team leader joked, “Are we canceling practice?” I jumped on him, as it was the third or fourth time that he’s joked about not wanting to practice, and he already skips one practice per week every week. He said he was trying to be funny, and I said that nobody laughed. If practice is the drudgery that he makes it out to be, I don’t think complaining about it makes it any better.  […]

Coaching a European Club – Week 9

After trying to get the team to come up with their own solutions to create more movement within our basic set, I decided to simplify and give them a couple options. Based on the PG’s movement, the basic set has four initial options with further options based on what happens. We spent considerable time during the week trying to create more of a motion offense out of the set.  […]

Coaching a European Club – Week 8

This was a big week for us, as we played in the first round of the cup competition. Essentially, here, as in most countries, teams compete in two competitions: the domestic league and the domestic cup. In many countries, especially those with more money for basketball, the top teams may also play in a continental league, like the EuroLeague. The domestic cup is like a year-long tournament; our first game was this week, and if we won, our next game was in three weeks. […]