Last week, I re-formatted the diagrams in Blitz Basketball to make it available through Amazon Kindle. It was the first time that I had read the book since I wrote it in 2008 (originally in 2006, with the second version completed in 2008).
After a decade, I was happy to see that much of the book has held up to the test of time. Specifically, I think many current offenses and defenses are based on the same or similar assumptions that I used when developing the offensive and defensive systems initially. The original 10 assumptions from Blitz Basketball were:
- 1v1 in open space, the offensive player has the advantage.
- Teams who make a lot of free throws win a lot of games.
- When a defense is forced to scramble, more fouls are committed and more offensive rebounds relinquished.
- Offensive rebounds lead to fouls, points, and free throws.
- A turnover is a wasted possession.
- Catching the ball squared to the basket greatly improves a shooter’s percentage.
- Dribble penetration is toughest to defend.
- Most teams rely heavily on starters and see a big drop-off after their fourth or fifth player.
- Offensive players are ill-equipped to handle pressure for a full game.
- Forcing players to make decisions at a faster pace leads to mistakes
There are definite similarities to SABA: The Antifragile Offense, which is based on my current beliefs and teaching practices with higher level teams.
I don’t think of myself as a system coach, and I remain flexible depending on my personnel, but it is evident through the two books, written 10 years apart, that there are certainly beliefs upon which I base my systems and style of play from year to year.