Coaching

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...

If it Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

I’m a shooting coach. My purpose is to work with guys that struggle shooting the basketball and to help them get better. Every once in a while, I’ll see someone that is already a good shooter that I can help make even better, but for the most part, it is the weaker...

Are Underhand Free Throws a Good Idea?

A question I get, usually once or twice a year, is, “would you ever teach anyone to shoot underhand like Rick Barry?” My answer is no. “But it’s so much easier,” they say. And I guess that is where I have the biggest problem. In my mind, there is no way that a...

Positioning for Coaches – Where I Stand

It's so easy to get into routines. I'm a creature of habit, so it's very easy for me as well. Every once in a while you have the opportunity to step back and look at some of the most simple aspects of your routine and assess their benefits. I wanted to share one of my...

Learn from Everyone, No Matter the Discipline

I’m a big golf fan. I enjoy playing the game, watching it, and learning about it. I see similarities between golf and shooting a basketball; the repetition, the muscle memory, the result. I end up making a lot of analogies between the sports with players and stealing...