Thoughts from Bill Russell and Bill Walton

The following are some thoughts from Bill Russell and Bill Walton that were taken from the Double Pump Coaches Clinic in 2007. 

  • Never give a scholarship to a person who you wouldn’t want to come to your house.
  • Everything starts with personal integrity.
  • The guys around your team; teammates, have to be good for your team to have the success they are capable of achieving.
  • Coaches need to let players be part owners of that team so they feel how important the outcome is; like a coach feels in the outcome of a big game or a great practice. 
  • Coaches will do as much as they can get away with, just like players.
  • John Wooden rarely talked about winning and losing.  He talked about doing everything the right way.
  • Red understood leadership and how to get the most out of his guys.  He was a teacher first and foremost.
  • Bill Russell feels that if you break the opponents game down too much, you can over analyze.  Don’t over analyze.
  • The best players play with their heart and mind.
  • The problems with players have always been out there.  It just depends on which type of players you want to coach. 

Elite Basketball Bootcamp is Fast Approaching

Hello Everyone, 
The start date for the Elite Basketball Bootcamp is only three weeks away!  I am more pumped up than ever for these intense, outdoor, basketball strength and conditioning workouts. With a number of high level high school and collegiate athletes already signed up for the bootcamp, you are not going to want to miss out on your best opportunity to get stronger, jump higher, and run faster on the basketball court while working out with other  dedicated basketball players. 
Remember, spots are limited so sign up now at  
All Elite Basketball Camps will be run by Rich Stoner, owner and operator of Elite Basketbll Training, LLC and head boys basketball coach at Metuchen High School in Metuchen, NJ.  Coach Stoner is a USAW certified Sports Performance Coach and an accomplished high school basketball coach having turned a program that had 17 straight losing seasons into a perennial contender at the state group one level.  He is also an accomplished writer having articles featured on websites including:,, and as well as being featured in a recent online basketball clinic from
I look forward to working with all new and old participants.  Any and all referrals are highly appreciated.  If you know anyone who would benefit from this program please feel free to send this post to them.  Your referral is the biggest compliment that I can receive.  Thanks!
See you on the court!
Rich Stoner
Elite Basketball Training, LLC

Kevin Eastman’s Five Musts in Skill Development

The following list is a list of what Boston Celtics assistant and world reknowned skill development coach Kevin Eastman feels are the five must haves when developing your basketball skills.

  1. Hard dribble.  If we know you have a soft dribble, we will trap you and force turnovers.  (Add pound dribbles to your drills)
  2. Get your shoulders to their hips on dribble penetration.  “It’s a shoulders game.”
  3. Play low to high.
  4. Be ready on the catch.  After the catch is too late.
  5. Moves to master:

Guards: Catch and shoot, Catch and shoot off the dribble, and Catch and quick penetration.

Bigs: Jump hook, drop step and dribble drop step, up and under, quick spin, perpendicular post (turn and face).

It is highly important that when developing basketball skills, players and coaches include these must haves in their workouts.  These are fundamental skills but as always, it is the mastery of the fundamentals that make great players.

Are You a Basketball Warrior?

My Elite Basketball Training workouts are intense workouts that always focus on developing great skills while getting you in the best basketball shape possible.  I want my players to be warriors on the court so I design my workouts to be harder than the games themselves.  Honestly, what good is a basketball player who can make all their jumpshots while standing around and shooting but is not in good enough condition to get open or even get up and down the court?  The answer, not much good at all.  I like to use drills that incorporate as many aspects of basketball training into them because it makes for a more efficient workout.  The drill below is one such example of this and will help alleviate that problem of being an out of shape jump shooter.  This drill is an intense shooting drill that combines sprinting, backpedaling, footwork, shooting, and finishing all into one drill.  Now that is training efficiency and that is going to make you a warrior! 

Purpose of the Drill:

The purpose of this drill is to develop your jump shooting and finishing while adding elements of conditioning, agility, and footwork.





  • The player will sprint a banana cut to a designated spot in the front court.
  • When they get to that spot, plant, pivot, and sprint to the elbow for a jump shot.
  • Then backpedal back to the spot near half court.
  • Then run another banana cut toward the rim for a layup.

Points of Emphasis:

  • Proper footwork stepping into their shot.
  • Change directions by planting your foot and pivoting.
  • Elevate and finish high on the jumper and the layup.
  • Use various finishing moves.
  • Incoporate the dribble into the jump shot and the finish.

Motivation/Teaching Tips:

  • Do for time or a prescribed number of makes.
  • Have two players compete against each other for number of makes.

Agility Ladder One on One Drill

When I create my basketball workouts for the players that train with me, my goal is to keep them as efficient as possible.  This means incorporating as many different skills as I can into the drills used in the workout.  This includes the obvious skills of dribbling, passing, and shooting but also the skill of agility which is highly important yet often overlooked.  Each one of my Elite Basketball Training workouts includes drills in which the basketball players will run through drills combine basketball skills like shooting, dribbling, and passing with agility. 

Along with combining these skill sets, it is imperative that players transfer their skills to game like situations, a concept that I refer to as transferability.  This can be done individually with games like Beat the Pro as well as in small groups with various one on one drills.  These drills are used to create competition which often makes players try harder and to get players to incorporate the skills they have learned into a game like situation. 

The Agility Ladder One on Ond Drill is a perfect example of a drill the incorporates basketball skills and agility into a competitive situation.  This drill can be used at all levels of play but is better served at some of the higher levels of play.   

Categories: Agility, Ballhandling / Dribbling, Games/Fun, Offensive Moves

Purpose of the Drill:

The purpose of this drill is to work on ladder agility drills with a partner while turning it into a fun game of one on one.


Agility ladder 1 on 1

  • In this step, two players are lined up to run through the agility ladders.
  • The offensive player will dribble the basketball while running through the ladder while the defensive player will run through.
  • Once the players get through the ladders, it becomes a one on one game to one point.
  • Switch offense to defense after a few repetitions.

Points of Emphasis:

  • Move quickly through the ladder.
  • Change the movement pattern (3 step, 4 step, hops, lateral in and outs, etc.) of the defensive player in order to make it more difficult for them.
  • Limit the number of dribbles for the offensive player to two or three dribbles.
  • Make sure the defensive player boxes out.
  • Move the ladders to other parts of the court like the wing and the baseline.

Motivation/Teaching Tips:

  • Play to a designated number of points.
  • Have a consequence for the loser.

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