Basketball workouts are canceled today, Sunday 3/2, because of the rain. We’ll see you next week!
Workout canceled for this Saturday 9am, today. It’s still very wet outside and there’s more rain on the way. We will see you next weekend!
Kids don’t choose to play organized basketball
The overwhelming number of players I coach are there because their parents make them come. The parents see it as an important part of their child’s development. Basketball provides exercise, social opportunities and the chance to learn a skill. The irony is that children don’t care about any of those things. They don’t come to basketball on their own, their parents drive them to basketball.
With that said, it’s pretty amazing that I don’t think I have any players that hate basketball. There may be some that don’t like the running, or the defense or losing a competition. But I don’t think there’s anyone that hates everything about basketball. I can’t take any credit for that, basketball is a fun sport. I just see it as my job to show kids the fun things they can do with a basketball.
Inevitably, I repeat myself. We’ll do the same drill we’ve done before. We’ll play the same competition. I do my best to add little wrinkles, to keep it fresh. But kids are smart. A shooting drill is a shooting drill, regardless of the wrinkles. After time, I’ll get this remark from kids: “Again?”, “We’re doing this again?”, or my favorite “I know how to do that already”.
As if, you only need to practice shooting one time in your life. Or dribble the ball for 10 minutes and you’re all set. Deep down, I think children know that it takes practice to get better. Even if they don’t know that, I remind them pretty much every session. So it’s not that they don’t understand the importance of repetition, it’s that they don’t like it.
New activities are fun, adventurous and interesting. Repetition is hard work, exhausting and (some people say) boring. I contend that repetition can be the opposite of boring if you continue to challenge yourself. But I agree that repetition becomes more work than fun.
Basketball is supposed to be fun…
But playing basketball inevitably requires repetition. And repetition is not fun. So does that mean basketball isn’t fun?
Of course not!
Basketball is fun to play. But basketball can get old very fast if a player is not successful. It’s hard to enjoy the game if he/she isn’t making shots or getting steals, or doing things that are worth applause from coaches or parents. Basketball is fun because of the successes you experience.
So how do you have success in basketball?
Perform drills multiple times. It requires that scary word that kids hate to hear: practice! They have to practice skills repeatedly to improve. Yes, getting better at basketball requires repetition. But then basketball becomes fun again! All of sudden because of practice, players experience more success, and have more fun on the court!
Think of it as an investment
The more you study, the more prepared you are for the test.
The more you work, the more money you have.
The more you practice, the more fun basketball becomes!
I encourage you to encourage your kids to play basketball more often. Have them practice on their own. Take them to the park or local school to practice. Find some friends for your child to play with. Find a team or league to join. Participate in my clinic AND do private training. Everybody likes something about playing basketball. And maybe just a little more investment in the game could result into a full blown passion for this beautiful sport!
This video is a little long, but it’s a very well done fan made video. This video follows Stephen Curry from a child to college, to the NBA and the obstacles along the way. Curry is one of the most exciting players in the NBA today and has a bright future. Enjoy!
1. What did Stephen Curry’s father, Dell Curry do for 16 years?
2. What college did Stephen Curry attend?
3. What position on the court does Curry play?
4. What NBA team does Curry play for?
5. Name one of the items Curry says is in the job description for a point guard?
6. Name one of the 3 offensive skills Curry is known for?
7. What is Curry’s reoccurring injury issue?
8. What record did Curry break during the 2012-13 NBA season?
We hope you enjoy a great Thanksgiving with friends and family. We will back on the weekend of December 7-8.
Rick Barry, now a hall of fame basketball player, shoots like the 5 year olds I coach. Underhanded, granny style. He’s my favorite example of why traditional shooting techniques are overrated.
So, should everyone shoot underhanded? Absolutely not! However, Rick Barry proves that shooting form matters a lot less than this one thing all players should be doing more often…
The more your practice, the better you get! If a player can make 90% of his free throws, shooting underhanded, then does it really matter how perfect an 8 year old shoots the ball? The real problem with most people’s shooting form is that they don’t practice it enough. Repetition is the key.
The shooting basics that everyone agrees on
There are thousands of books out there about shooting techniques, theories and advice. Everyone has different opinions about what’s important. Most coaches agree on a few principles such as:
1) Using a dominant hand and the other hand guides the release
2) Bending your legs for power
3) Follow through
4) Have a routine
There are also a few things every coach agrees you shouldn’t do:
1) Don’t use a two hand push to shoot the ball
2) Don’t lean forward, backward or to the sides as you shoot
3) Don’t shoot if it’s out of your range
Why I (almost) Never Teach Shooting Anymore
1) It’s because kids don’t practice enough. Even with kids that do private training with me for an hour once a week. If that one hour is all they dedicate to shooting every week, then it’s very difficult to improve. Every week is like groundhog day, the same thing happens every time. They’ll miss a lot of shots at the beginning, then slowly improve to average by the end of practice. They just don’t want it bad enough.
2) Some players are too young to learn the proper way to shoot. The right age is different for everyone. The determining factors are age, size, maturity and level of commitment to basketball. Some younger kids are great shooters regardless of the technique they use because they practice so often. So why mess up a good thing when they’re just 7 or 8 years old? If they’re 11, 12 or 13 and high school basketball is right around the corner. Then yes, their shooting form becomes more important.
3) Most players have to change their shot again anyway. There is no 7 year old that shoots like a 14 year old. There is no 14 year old that shoots like an 18 year old. A players shooting form is like teeth, they’re always changing, always adjusting as a person ages and gets stronger. As long as they’re using basic shooting principles (one hand dominant, bend legs, hand in cookie jar), then I’m very reluctant to change their shooting form. A player needs to prove to me that they’re going to practice on their own as well before I start changing their form.
How much practice is enough?
It depends on the player.
Right now, I coach several players that are very good at shooting. There are a couple of players that average about 80% on free throws. They shoot about 45-50% from three point range. I don’t think they practice enough. Is it because I’m a jerk and don’t think the numbers are good enough? No, it’s because they still lack confidence. They question their technique. They doubt they’re accuracy when it comes to shooting in games. More shooting, more practice is needed to bang in to their heads that they’re great shooters. They’re stubborn, so they need to see it for themselves that they’re great shooters. They just need to spend more time shooting. I would say 3-4 times a week for an hour is what it would take for them to be confident in their shot.
There are other players I have that tell me they don’t spend any time on shooting. You would think they’re shooting percentage would be terrible, but it’s not! I have a couple of players that are capable of making 70-80% on free throws even though they almost never practice. Their one flaw is they’re inconsistent. One time they’ll make 20 out of 25 shots, next time they’ll make 10 out of 25 shots. If they just practiced twice a week for 30 minutes, they would consistently get better results.
Consistency is undeniable proof
If a players shooting results are consistent, then I’m convinced that they practice enough. That’s when I want to help them with they’re shooting form because the results will be easier to see. A player that consistently shoots 70-75% will notice right away when he starts to make 80-85% of his shots.
The Bottom line
The bottom line is that you need you don’t need to focus on technique as much as you need to focus on repetition. The more practice, the better you get!
Celtic legend, Red Auerbach, said it best: “Is there a right way or a wrong way? I say no! The answer is do what is best for you. Do it the way that you can make it. That’s the name of the game. Relax, follow through, but make it!”
Well maybe it shouldn’t be that much of a shock. At least to anyone that’s been following them the last couple of years. Paul George, Roy Hibbert and Lance Stephenson are maturing right before our very eyes. And they did take the Miami Heat to 7 games in the 2013 playoffs. Now with another year of experience together under their belt, plus a chip a on their shoulder from last year’s playoffs, they’re really making a push to be this year’s champion. The Pacer’s are known for defense and they look to be in top form early in the season. It’s still too early to know Indiana’s destiny for sure, but the media is already taking notice.
The following article is from Bleacherreport.com and summarized by me:
After taking the Miami Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals last season and starting out 2013-14 at a franchise-record 8-0, it looks already as if the Indiana Pacers have replaced the back-to-back champions as the NBA’s best Eastern Conference team.
Yes, it’s early—but these Pacers are a far cry from their 4-7 start a year ago, and it looks like this dominance is going to stick around all season.
The Pacers have easily dispatched teams they should, like the New Orleans Pelicans, Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers, and have backed it up with wins against preseason contenders like the Chicago Bulls, Brooklyn Nets and Memphis Grizzlies—all without really breaking a sweat.The Chicago Bulls were no match for the Indiana Pacers.
They are the only undefeated team in the league and one of only three Eastern Conference teams with a record above .500.
The Pacers boast the best defense around by a landslide, yielding just 84.5 points a game to opponents—nearly seven points a game fewer than the second-best Bulls.
They throw up almost nine blocks (8.8) a game, a dominating number, led by their deftly swatting Defensive Player of the Year candidate, center Roy Hibbert, who contributes exactly half of them—a singularly ridiculous 4.4 per outing.
Now a definite MVP candidate, small forward Paul George is playing out of his head on both sides of the ball. He’s carrying a 43 percent increase in his point production (17.4 to 24.9) and 54 percent increase in his efficiency (16.8 to 25.9) over last season, and adding eight rebounds, four assists and 1.5 steals to that.Look out. Paul George is having a career season.
Shooting guard Lance Stephenson’s averages are way above last season’s line in every offensive category. He’s shooting 48 percent from the field and 51 percent from behind the arc (18-of-35), and is developing into a capable passer with six assists a game now, giving the Pacers a hybrid backcourt that can effectively play two ways (SG/PG, PG/PG).The multi-tooled Lance Stephenson is the Indiana Pacers’ X-factor.
We got a peek at Stephenson’s potential against the Grizzlies when he recorded his first triple-double, including 11 rebounds. He already averages five rebounds per 36 minutes over his career and is finally getting that time, to the team’s defensive benefit.
David West reminded ESPN’s Brian Windhorst how close:
We believe in this locker room that we can get the No. 1 seed and we started the year with that attitude. The fact that Game 7 of the conference finals wasn’t in our home building we felt was the difference in a trip to the Finals, and we’re going to do everything in our power to get a Game 7 in our building.
The Heat and Pacers play opposite games. Indiana suffocates opponents on the floor and the boards. Miami forces opponents to keep up on offense. It will be interesting (and exciting) to see which scheme wins out—the Heat’s O or the Pacers’ D—when the two finally meet in the first of four regular-season contests on Dec. 10.
Derrick Rose, Tony Parker, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, John Wall. None of them will be winning an NBA championship anytime soon. Hear me out…
My theory is that you can’t win the NBA championship with your point guard as your biggest star. We’ve seen teams get to the finals with a star point guard such as the Thunder with Westbrook, the Sixers with Iverson, it’s rare. But based on NBA history, it’s impossible for a score first point guard to win.
What are some of the greatest scoring point guards of the current era? Curry, Irving, Rose, etc. Tony Parker is borderline given he took over 20 shots per game in the playoffs, but he’s only shot 13 attempts per game for his career.
I couldn’t believe how much popularity Kyrie Irving received after playing well in the Rising Stars game during All-Star weekend. People completely ignored Kenneth Faried who actually won the MVP for the game with 37 points. Instead, they chose to hype up Irving who ended up playing in the shadows of Chris Paul’s monster game of 21 points and 15 assists in the real All-Star game.
I could be proven wrong this year
My theory will be heavily challenged by Derrick Rose this year. The Bulls are the one team that might go to 7 games in a playoff series with the Heat this year. I still say the most popular player to not play last season (due to a serious knee injury) will never win until there is someone on his team better than him. He draws too much attention from defense because he always has the ball in his hands. He will be constantly double teamed and taken away from his comfort spots. Last time Derrick Rose was deep in the playoffs, he was overwhelmed by double teams and had no reliable teammate to pick up the lack of scoring. Rose needs another point guard to get him open looks while he plays shooting guard. But that’s part of the problem, at 6’4″ he might be too small to play shooting guard compared to the likes of 6’6″ Kobe Bryant, 6’7″ Joe Johnson, 6’10″ Paul George and so on.
So who are the stars that win championships?
It’s players that lead their team in scoring without always having the ball in their hands. Jordan in the 90′s, Shaq in late 90′s-00′s, Duncan in 2007, Kobe in the 2010, Nowitski in 2011 and now Lebron. Besides a non-point guard that can score, what else does a championship team need? A point guard that passes! Jordan had Ron Harper, Shaq had Derek Fisher, Duncan had a young Tony Parker, Kobe had Derek Fisher (again), Nowitski had Jason Kidd and now Lebron has Mario Chalmers.
Would you rather be Derek Fisher or Kyrie Irving?
It’s not necessarily the players that make the Sportscenter headlines or have the most popular shoe deal. A pass-first point guard is a key component to a championship team. Teams need a guard that is willing to pass more often than shoot. It leads to better shots for the team. Plus the point guard passes so much, that defenses forget that he can shoot too! Which means the defense has to worry about every player on the court.
Some starting point guards on winning teams are not Hall of Fame worthy, some not even All-Star worthy. No kid grows up hoping to be the next Derek Fisher, yet Fisher has 5 more rings than Rose, Westbrook, Allen Iverson, or Kyrie Irving. Derek Fisher played defense, took care of the ball and most importantly passed the ball to Kobe or Shaq and stayed out the of the way.
Teams to watch for
Now that’s what makes the Nets so interesting this year. How do you double team, when they’re whole starting five is capable of putting up 20 points on any given night? Their problem will be staying healthy and injury free.
And from the west, the Thunder and Rockets will competing for a spot in NBA Finals. I give the edge to the Thunder because Durant is due for an MVP season. And I think Westbrook’s assist count this year will be the highest its ever been after coming back from injury. Unfortunately, last seasons Western Conference champs, the San Antonio Spurs, will likely get old right before our very eyes this year and not have the stamina to make it far.
In the end this will be Miami’s year again. Don’t get me wrong, Rose’s Bulls will put up a heck of fight. But in a 7 game series, you can wear Rose down with double teams without the threat of Jimmy Butler or Luol Deng dropping multiple 30 point games. In June 2014, you’ll see an exhausted Rose watching TV as the Heat three-peat.