Coaching

Shooting Positions Terminology

A little while ago I got an awesome message from a subscriber of my newsletter. It was awesome because of its honesty and simplicity. They asked "I keep hearing about the set point, but I don't really know what that is. Can you write a blog about different terminology...

Staggering Your Stance

Depending on where you go in the world, how I would teach a player to position their feet is either a revolutionary idea or I'm a dinosaur teaching outdated information. I've found that most shooting technique ideas have been around forever, being taught by someone,...

Wrist Snapping Cause and Effect

Often, the biggest challenge in diagnosing an issue within a shot is figuring out whether the issue you see is the cause of the problem or the effect of another problem. In other words, we see something we don't like as coaches, but is that the problem? Or, is there...

Learning to Play Jazz

Often at the youth clinics that I run, I will set aside some time for coaches, parents, and players to ask questions. Many have never been around anyone directly involved with the NBA before, so it is a great chance for them to ask about what it’s really like....

Correcting a Hitch

I had a player that I worked with at the University of Calgary that tore his MCL in one of the first games of the pre-season.  He, and the rest of the team was devastated.  We are already a good team, the kind of team that was a threat to win our conference. But this...

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...