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International Concepts on Basketball

The game of basketball has grown exponentially on a world wide scale over the last two decades. As a result, the imternational players and teams have become more and more successful each year.  These teams have developed some very distinct basketball concepts that are worth pointing out and could lead to your success this coming basketball season. 

While at the Garden State Coaches Clinic this fall, I had the opportunity to hear Fran Fraschilla speak.  Since he has just returned from the world basketball championship, he provided the basketball coaches there with some concepts that the internation basketball teams successfully applied to their game.  These concepts may seem simple, but if you operate on the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) philosophy they should lead to success for you and your basketball team.

Fran Fraschilla’s four key international basketball concepts include:

  1. Run the ball into the offense.
  2. Create flow early in the offense.
  3. The ball moves faster than the defense.
  4. Spread the floor: This forces the defense into log closeouts.  If you spread the floor, the ball will find you.

Like I said, these points seem simple, but honestly assess your team and determine whether or not your team has been successful in each one of these areas in years past.  If not, make it a priority to give them a try and it could add to your success.

See you on the court.

Rich Stoner

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Thoughts on Transition Defense from Kevin Eastman

A while back, I wrote a post entitled The Keys to Effective Transition Defense and as the basketball season approaches, I thought it relevant to revisit this topic since transition defense seems to be one of the most ignored aspects of defensive philosophy and one that is considered by many as simply, “getting back.”  Let me first start off by saying that your transition defense will be significantly better if you work to get good shots on offense.  A good shot within the parameters of your offensive philosophy will allow you to score and consequently set up your defense, and even if you miss, your team should have good balance and positioning to get back defensively as well.

No on  to Kevin Eastman and his thoughts on transition defense which he spoke about at a recent basketball coaches clinic that I attended.  The following are his nine key components:

  1. Get back and get set.
  2. Keep the ball out of the paint.
  3. Apply intelligent pressure.
  4. Only give up a contested two point shot.
  5. Gang rebound.
  6. Take care of the paint, the ball, and three point shots.
  7. Closeout properly and help (sprint to both, let who ever is guarding the ball know that their are no driving lanes).
  8. Talk, Talk, Talk.
  9. Be a Hit first team. 

These thoughts are fantastic and definitely something that basketball coaches should use to formulate their own transition defensive philosophy.  For a more detailed approach, I encourage you all to read my post on The Keys to Effective Transition Defense.

That’s all for now, but please let the Elite Basketball Training community know your thoughts on transition defense by post a comment below.  Until then,

See you on the court!

Rich Stoner

Kobe Bryant’s Attention to Detail

I recently read an email that I received about a clinic that Micah Lancaster did with Kobe Bryant at the Michael Jordan Legacy court.  The email was meant to advertise an upcoming Micah Lancaster clinic in my area, but it was the description of Kobe Bryant’s attention to detail that astounded me.  Obviously we know that he is arguably the best current player on the planet, and now I understand why. 

The email talks about a Kobe Bryant teaching the players the importance of having offensive combinations or a variety of moves along counter moves and counter moves to the counter moves.  For example, a shot fake, one dribble pullup jumper to the right, then a fake and step in the same direction only to pull back  and make the move to the other direction.  The point, to have as many moves and combinations as you need so that it is natural in the game.  How does Kobe do it?  Preparation, focus, and a drive like no other athlete.  Do you know that Kobe Bryant does not move on to the next combination move/shot until he has made 150 shots…IN A ROW?! 

That is absolutely insane to think that someone could make that many shots in a row (of one combination) let alone in an entire workout.  This takes extreme focus and drive to be able to be in the gym that long to complete this task, but that is the type of preparation that makes Kobe the best current player on the panet. 

Ask yourself, do you have that type of focus?  Are you willing to prepare to be great?  Being successful is not about the talent that you are given, but rather what you do with the talent that you have been given.  What are you doing with yours?

Train hard and I’ll see you on the court.

Rich Stoner

Elite Basketball Training, LLC

Hubie Brown on Reaching Your Potential

I don’t know about you, but I love the movie, “A Bronx Tale.”  If you have not seen it, I recommend that you go and grab a copy immediately.  If you have seen it, then you know what I am talking about when I say that you can learn a lot from it.  One of the major lessons in the movie is that there is nothing worse than wasted talent.  In other words, a loser is someone who could have made something of himself but for what ever reason did not.  He wasted his talent, his potential. 

The real question is why?  Why don’t people use their talent and reach their true potential?  When I say the great Hubie Brown give his last clinic speach a couple of weeks ago, he closed with a piece on why people do not reach their potential.  In that piece, he gave five reasons which were:

  1. Low threshold for pain
  2. Low IQ for the job
  3. Selfishness
  4. A lack of intangibles
  5. Alcohol and drugs

All five of these can definitely get in the way of reaching your potential and force you to waste your talent.  The best part about it, is that it can be applied to all aspects of your life, not just basketball. 

In the next post, I will expand on all of these and their relation to the real world and basketball, but until that time, let me know what you think. 

See you on the court!

Rich Stoner

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