Just an incredible timeout from Popovich last night at a critical point in the season. Down 9, game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. The quote “It’s not supposed to be easy, every round gets more difficult.” True in the playoffs. True in school. True in life.
Sometimes as coaches we always want to make the tactical adjustment when what we really need is an attitude adjustment.
Today I have sent in the last project for the “Curso Superior” by the Spanish Basketball Federation. I have similar feelings like when I finished college. On the one hand you’re happy because there was a lot of work involved and to finish the job is a good feeling. But on the other hand you know that you had a great experience, a once in a lifetime experience. Something that you do once but you can’t do twice. The formation as a coach will never stop. I’ll always be trying to get better as a coach, teacher and person but events like the Curso Superior mark eras in your formation.
I feel very fortunate to have been able to have been able to participate in such a wonderful educational experience. Thank you to all the people who have helped along the way, those that I met and those that i didn’t. Below is also a link to my practicas from this season.
Panathinaikos in 2012 added another element to the pick and roll.
How does the pick and roll finish if there is not a basket on the roll?
For Panathinaikos the pick is followed by a seal, not a roll. (There is a roll on the way to the pick but the screener sprints to the basket and finds somebody to “seal.”
Panathinaikos wants to make the defense defend the corners. The corners are almost always either occupied or somebody is running to a corner to occupy it. On many posessions the defense must defend both corners, forcing the defense to defend the entire court is a recipe to get open shots both on the outside and on the interior.
I didn’t want to get into the specific sets but it was hard to watch Panathinaikos and not like and notice the simplicity and effectiveness of this handoff set that they ran.
I’ve watchted the first two games of the Heat vs Knicks series and it is frustrating to watch a player as good as Lebron do so much flopping. It’s not necessary and it’s bad for the game of basketball, and I think if he is dedicating so much energy to try and “attract foul” calls in his favor, then he is lacking attention in other areas. Time will tell but historically I don’t think great players have been great floppers.