Post Play: An Endangered Species?

This week’s men’s Final Four has many excited because of the potential for a low-post dual between Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns. In a preview of the potential matchup, and the upcoming NBA Draft, Sports Illustrated’s basketball writers wrote about their preferences. Chris Mannix wrote:

True centers are an endangered species and Okafor has 15-year franchise pivot potential.

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Coaching a European Club – Week 29: Semifinals

After sweeping our first-round play-off series, we had to wait until Wednesday night to find out our next opponent. I structured the week to focus on general things on Monday, our offense on Wednesday, and our defense on Friday, after we knew our opponent.

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Coaching a European Club – Week 20

Note: I had nothing to write for week 19, so I skipped it.

After our winter break, we returned to the gym with only seven guys. Two guys had to return to their home countries to take their final exams for (online) high school. Another player went to Africa for a meditation retreat. Another player was away with his family for vacation. Finally, my American returned with the flu. After two practices, we played a practice game against a 2nd Division team and won easily. There was not much to take from the game. However, our three guards played all 40 minutes, so I felt conditioning would not be a big problem; our two young bigs started to make some plays; and our best player played 20 minutes in his return from injury and had no problems.  […]

Recruiting and the Development of Tall Players

I spent this week watching the girls’ basketball state play-offs with an eye on evaluating players for the junior college where I work as a strength coach in the event that the basketball coaches ask for a second opinion. In debating the merits of various post players for a junior-college program, I returned to a persistent question that is relevant to coaches of all ages: Is the goal to win now or to develop players for long-term success? Here is how the question plays out: […]

Coaching Frosh Basketball 2.0 – Week 5

We started with a game on Monday. I don’t like Monday games since Sunday practice is prohibited. Never know how freshmen will react after a day off. From the opening tip, we were in control, but we never really put our opponent away. When I spoke to the team, I did not have too much to critique: our defense was solid, we were getting open shots, we were rebounding better. […]