Basketball Tips from the best coaches

September 28, 2008

I wanted to revisit a book on basketball coaching that I wrote about a few weeks ago, the Coaches Notes, which I called the ‘Secret Weapon’. If anyone is interesting in learning the inside basketball strategy that coaches like Roy Williams and Rick Pitino employ to win so many games, this is an incredible resource:

Basketball Tips from the pros.

One of the most interesting aspects of these coaches approach to the game is that they almost invariably start with the mental aspect of the game over the physical. I think that alone says volumes. Sure, it’s just as important to hit free throws, but I’ve personally watched high school basketball players who had D-1 level talent but weren’t putting forth the effort or mental attitude to get to that level.

One example that immediately comes to mind is a 6’6″ shooting guard who could scorch from deep and had a fluid slashing ability to get to the hoop. I’d seen this player in practice and warm ups and was expecting him to look great, but when the game started, all he did was stand outside the three point line, never moved to get the ball and walked back on defense. I think he finished with, maybe nine points (all threes). He never even got a single offer. He was the classic example of a player who could have played his way onto a top college team but just wasn’t willing to do anything except hang around where the shots were easy.

This is one of the reasons I like delving into the top coaches’ basketball tips, because fundamentals start with approach.


Coaching Basketball: The Secret Weapon

September 4, 2008

If you’ve ever been to a high profile AAU event, or been fortunate enough to be watching a closed team practice of a high profile NCAA team, you probably have seen a famous coach or two watching the action with a professional eye.

What if you could look over the shoulder of the best college coaches in the country, to see what they were writing on their notepad as they watched practice or a pickup game? What do they see? How will they describe the action? What magic do they have to impart on the players that will get those elusive wins, the championships, the NBA contracts?

How many more games could you win? How much better could you develop your players?

You might be shocked (and amazed!) that you can get your hands on those personal notes. Yes, really.

I’m talking Roy Williams, Bobby Knight, Bob McKillop. Bruce Pearl. Rick Pitino and Billy Donavon.

Okay, let that sink in, because I’m not done. And I am not kidding.

What about also getting notes from Bobby Cremmins and Coach K (yes, Olympic gold medal Coach K) to boot?

One of the coolest things I have ever come across is the Hoop Scoop coaching notes. It’s honestly hard to describe how fantastic Coach Peterman’s notes are, but suffice it to say, it is way more than a book on basketball drills or theory.

It is no frills. The buy links on his site are not fancy, and the description of the book is even a bit vague. But it doesn’t need any of that marketing fluff because this package is absurdly good.

Coach Peterman has creds of his own, having coached at (Southwestern Oklahoma State University), NAIA (USAO), and JUCO Levels (Blinn College and Carl Albert State College) as well as high school. What he’s done is assemble basketball IQ from some of the greatest basketball minds in history.

The Hoop Scoop notes are personal notes – usually handwritten notes – of some of the greatest coaches ever to step on the court.

This is the personal insight of some of the greatest coaching minds. I think anyone who loves the game of basketball, coaches basketball at any level or plays basketball at any level should have a copy.

Consider just some of the things in these notes:

– Bobby Knight’s notes including the most underused move in basketball, and his concept of molding a game plan to personnel.

– Bruce Pearl’s 29 keys to an up-tempo transition defense, including tips for success, why the 1-2-1-1 full court press works and which book by a famous coach he recommends to help coaches and players get better.

– Roy Williams equation for why some talented players will get minutes in his system and why some will sit on the bench.

– The first thing Dave Odom teaches his players before anything else, and how he scouts other offenses and defenses

– The star players that Bill Russell and Bill Walton say you don’t want playing on your team.

– What John Wooden talked about more than winning and losing

– Gary Williams’ 11 points to implement pressure defense.

– Rick Pitino’s individual shooting workout for his players.

– Individual skill development from Billy Donavon, what he teaches first, and what specific points he teaches in specific drills such as the three man weave.

Honestly, I could go on and on. These notes are exhaustive, and trying to convey how much information is in there is almost impossible. It’s like pouring the greatest basketball knowledge in history through a funnel into your head…I’m shocked that these electronic books are so cheap.

The only thing I can say is that if you are a coach, a player or a serious fan, the only thing more astounding than the amount of great basketball knowledge is how little they cost. In an age where coaches’ clinics can run thousands of dollars, Coach Peterman’s notes are available for $14.95, and what’s even better, you can download them. I will tell you that the notes make up a BIG file…like 300 MB. This isn’t some thrown together e-book, this is the real deal and it will take a while to digest it. You can get it by clicking below:

Basketball Coaching Notes

There are several different versions of the notes available, but the first one I recommend is the Encyclopedia of Individual Instruction and Coaching Clinics.