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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

Columbus Day Sale

 
I hope you guys are enjoying your week as much as I am!  Only one day left until Columbus Day weekend, and in honor of my Italian roots, I am making you an offer you can’t refuse.
 
As you know each Saturday morning we have our Elite Basketball Skills and Drills Clinics that will continue to run through November 13th.  On top of that, this November 4th and 5th we will be running our annual Half Day Hoops Fest.  So that leaves eight total sessions left to get yourself ready for this coming basketball season.  Normally, these eight sessions would cost you a total of $220.  
 
However, this weekend’s deal, in honor of Columbus Day can save you plenty.  If you sign up for the remaining Skills and Drills Clinics (six total) and the Half Day Hoops Fest (2 total) you will get all eight sessions for $190.  That’s a savings of $30, and a total cost of a little over $10 per hour!  
 
On top of that, if you bring a friend who also signs up for all remaining eight sessions, I will give you all remaining eight sessions for $175.  That’s below $10 per hour.  IT’S UNBEATABLE! 
 
So if that doesn’t make you excited for your Columbus Day weekend, I don’t know what will.  So take advantage of this deal while it lasts (it’s only good through this weekend), and
 
I will see you on the court!
Rich Stoner
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