Since the first few weeks I have been working with the bigs…I have enjoyed it…well, when they do something I taught them there is silence, then when they mess up I get a look!!! But seeing the fruits of your labour is always a good feeling.
I have been teaching technical and tactical skills to suit our offensive ideas.
Tactically, within what we do, we have basic ideas,
- catch under the basket,
- catch on the block,
- off ball movement, when then a team mate drives to the basket, strong and weakside.
- off ball movement from block to point
- also 1v1 from the point
Technically, it has been lots of fun…
Especially with my Level of Spanish…
So far I have taught….
Run from the point towards a token defender (me) who is 1 metre away from the basket, start to turn your body so that you can hit them with your shoulder (ouch!!!), seal them off so you have your back to them…keep contact…back them down to the basket…receive the ball…pivot so you are side on to the basket, and jump hook, maintaining contact.
Catch on the Block
This has been the most enjoyable.
- Reverse pivot, Cross step, one dribble and hook going middle or reverse going baseline.
- Next we moved onto the ‘Hakeems’, reverse pivot, cross step, 1 dribble into a stride stop on the exterior foot…this set up the famous Olajuwan moves, cupping the ball between wrist and hand, faking a shot and front pivoting for a jump hook. Progressing that by adding on another reverse pivot to the end.
- Then we got to the Michael Jordan fakes…backing the defender down….a little jump to land on 2 feet, pick up the ball, fake with the shoulders to pivot one way but then pivot the other way and jump shot. We also faked that jump shot and stepped to the basket and finger rolled.
The above moves have contributed to a massive growth in confidence in the players, the footwork alone has done so much for them all over the court. The little shoulder fakes are popular, they are starting to come up with their own combinations too…which is awful to see…just do what your told!!! Nah just kidding…
- We square up and shoot, using a reverse pivot. If we use a front pivot, we bump with the closest shoulder and fade away.
- We had to add in a bar arm to hold off defenders, so receiving the ball with a catch from one hand to two has been taught also.
Off Ball Movement
Strong side, we lift to the elbow on a baseline drive and to the short corner on a middle drive, this gets our bigs a lot of Jump Shots. So we need to be able to catch in the air then land in a jump stop facing the basket to release quickly.
No stepping in on a catch…only off the dribble.
This isn’t a rule, it’s just what we practice.
From the weakside, we slip the baseline on a middle drive and clock to the middle on a baseline drive.
This means we need jump hooks and good foot work…they are both quick jump hooks, we plant a foot closer to the basket on both, pivot quickly…catching the ball up high and keeping the ball above our heads and using long extended arms to finish. Or…we Alley Oop!!!
…off ball movement from block to point…
We need this to clear space for cutters…but we also have bigs that can shoot and go 1v1, so if we want to shoot, as before we need to be able to catch in the air then land in a jump stop to release quickly. With this footwork, we can also cross and lead step with either foot….so this gives us the chance to work 1v1, it has to be catch and attack, no jabbing or setting your man up, all in one tempo, catch and go!!! This is always 1 dribble and finish from the 3 point line.
This has been 2 months work…and they have come on so much…it will be great to see them at the end of the season to see just how much they have improved.
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