Coaching

Getting Your Shooting Hand Wide

There are some important concepts in shooting that transcend age and level of play. From young players all the way up to the NBA players I coach, I am trying to get everyone to the same place when it comes to their shooting hand. Let me explain. It is my goal for...

Watching the Ball Mid-Flight

Coaching is full of contradictions.  Play aggressive defense, but don’t foul.  Make quick decisions, but don’t turn the ball over.  Box out, but just go get the ball.  We are all guilty of it, and it will probably never change. The reality is, we are trying to prepare...

Getting a Job in the NBA

The most common question I get on social media doesn’t really have anything to do with shooting mechanics.  It usually comes from coaches looking for advice on getting a job in the NBA.  So it seems like a pretty logical blog topic. On a very surface level, working...

Networking

I’m a horrible networker.  I’ll be the first to admit it. What I think I’m pretty good at is creating meaningful relationships with a few people.  To me, that is what networking should be.  I’m not the guy at the dinner party that is bouncing from person to person,...

My Players Don’t Practice Enough

"My players don't practice enough." I hear this all the time from youth coaches. The nice thing about the NBA is that everyone's job is to get better, so players will mostly take the time and apply the work ethic. Youth coaches have it tougher, but can't shrink from...

And I Thought My Workouts Were Boring…

I remember the time in my career where I started to turn the corner and really improve as a shooting coach. Working with a university team in Canada, I had success with some players, but still didn't FULLY understand what I was teaching. I knew what I wanted a shot to...

The Trouble With Copying Steph

“But Steph does it and he's a great shooter.” That's usually what I hear from young players when I suggest a fundamental that they don't want to hear. “Try to get your feet wider apart so that you have better balance,” I'll say. “But Steph has narrow feet when he...

The Myth of Holding Your Follow Though

Ask most youth coaches about the advice they would give to a player with a flat shot and the response is typically along the lines of: “hold your follow through.”  I hear it in NBA gyms all the time as well, but in many cases, it is making the problem worse.  The...

Advice to Trainers…

The scene for individual skills trainers has exploded over the last decade. It used to be that a select few professional players had individual trainers, but now it is common-place for young players as well. That’s a good thing. Players are getting more individual...

Off The Bounce

When we think of “low percentage shots,” we don't really think of pull up jump shots. The picture we probably have in our minds is a turn around, fall away, or a step back jumper. In the NBA Finals last year, late in a game, JR Smith caught the ball, wide open at the...