Coaching a European Club – Week 2

The players here do not work out during the summer, so week 2 was rough for some of the guys. It was evident during our basket college workouts that the young players were starting to wear down. The start of practice coincided with the start of school, so some of them went from no real activity to 6+ practices per week and the start of school. During both basket college workouts, we backed off on the intensity, and I backed off on our u20 practices too. With the basketball college players, we talked about the importance of sleep, hydration, eating right, eating vegetables, and staying away from soda and beer. If they are worn down after one week, this could be a long season, so week 2 was more about managing fatigue so nobody got hurt early in the season.  […]

Creating a Defensive Strategy or Principles

I never played on a team that played zone defense, and I developed with the mindset that teams only play zone defense if they do not think that they can guard the opponent man-to-man. However, as I began to coach, I realized that man-defense and zone-defense are very similar. When I coached in a professional Read more about Creating a Defensive Strategy or Principles[…]

Oklahoma City Playing Fundamental Basketball

Oklahoma City is 3rd in team defense at the All-Star break, and assistant coach Ron Adams gets much of the credit. “We don’t really change what we do,” explained Nick Collison. “I’ve been on a lot of teams where game to game we try to change how we’re going to guard the pick-and-roll, whether we’re Read more about Oklahoma City Playing Fundamental Basketball[…]