NEW Article: “Watch What You Teach!”

By Joe Haefner

Read this new article form Don Kelbick. It really challenges you to think about the way that you coach the game of basketball and how it could be affecting your team.

http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/coaching/Watch-What-You-Teach.html

2010 Summer Workout Season – Part 1

By Don Kelbick

The Summer training season is in full swing.

So far this summer we have worked with Raja Bell, Anthony King, Brian Waters with Guillermo Diaz and Denis Clemente due in shortly. Other regulars, such as Rasual Butler and Carlos Arroyo have not been in yet due to scheduling conflicts and might be in to get ready for training camp.

I am very selective with whom I work with. I work very hard and appreciate the way all these guys work.

Raja is in a free agent summer. As usual, he comes with a laundry list of things he wants to improve on. After so many years of playing with Phoenix and being a designated shooter, he wants to improve on his game off the dribble. This is a different summer for him, not only being a free agent but also because he missed most of last year with a torn tendon in his wrist. He is 100% now, in great shape. I hope he signs with someone who has a chance to win. He will be out for 3 days this week as he meets with the Lakers and the Bulls.

Anthony King is one of my favorite people. Not a big scorer in college, his offensive game had really come a long way. He played last year in Cypress where he was the 4th leading scorer and leading rebounder in the league. I think that we need to expand his game a bit. At 6’ 9” and 240 pounds he is a big undersized for his skill set. I made a small adjustment in his shot and now his shooting range has increased dramatically. My hope is that he carries the adjustment to the foul line. Last season he shot 68% from the foul line. Based on the number of foul shots he took, if he can move his percentage up to 80%, which is not unreasonable for him, he would be first in both scoring and rebounding. He must be doing something right because he has been invited to summer workouts with the Miami Heat.

Brian Waters played at Elon College in North Carolina. He is a great athlete and really quick. He was not really a heralded player in college and I want him to be ready when someone calls to give him a chance.

Denis Clemente is coming off a great senior year at Kansas State in is currently in the summer program with the Charlotte Hornets. I hope he plays well enough to get an invite to training camp.

Guillermo Diaz played with the LA Clippers and is now making a great career in Europe. He has had opportunities to go back to the NBA but prefers the stability he has found as one of the best players in Italy.

Friday, July 20, 2010

This was a pretty good week of workouts. The week started with Raja Bell missing Monday due to the fact that he was in Utah to sign his 3 year guaranteed contract. It reflects the respect NBA people have for him. While not for huge dollars, by NBA standards ($10 million), the fact that he will be 34 years old in September and all 3 years are guaranteed is very unusual for a player of his age playing his position. When he returned from Utah, his work ethic was unaffected. I will match his work ethic against anyone.

We also learned that Anthony King was named Most Valuable Player in his league in Cyprus. He had been working out with the Heat but is now back in our workouts. He may not be able to pass up the offer that has been extended in Cyprus.

Jonathan Rodriguez has joined us. Jonathan just graduated from Campbell University. He finished his career as one of the few players in NCAA Div. I history to score 2000 points and grab 1000 rebounds. He is 6’6” and the challenge with him will be to expand his game by improving his ball handling and increasing his shooting range. At his size he will be a full time perimeter player at his next level. He will face quickness that he has not faced before. In addition, he has to be able to stretch defenses. I’ve made a small adjustment in his shot that will result in more arc, which will increase his range. It has paid immediate results. Hopefully he can carry it over to competition.

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NEW Basketball Drill for Full Court Pressure (Video)

By Joe Haefner

Check out our new basketball drill & video that covers a full court pressure drill. The player practices finishing on offense and transitioning to full court denial defense.

Three Man LSU

NEW Article: 4 Skill Development Techniques that Few Coaches are Aware Of

By Joe Haefner

Take a look at this new article by Don Kelbick where he discusses some relatively unknown skill development techniques.

http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/fundamentals/4-Skill-Development-Techniques.html

NEW Article on Developing an Explosive First Step

By Joe Haefner

Check out this new article on developing an explosive first step. It also talks about how the cue “long” may be slowing down your players.

http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/fitness/explosive-first-step.html

Scottie Pippen On The Player’s Greatest Challenge

By Joe Haefner

“Sometimes a player’s greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.” – Scottie Pippen

As a player, you need to realize that there are many different ways to contribute to a basketball team and be successful. Ben Wallace shot just over 40% from the free throw line and he has NBA championship rings, because he knew that his strengths were defense and rebounding.

Jason Kidd dominated basketball games without scoring a point by playing suffocating defense and distributing the ball to open teammates. There is a reason that Jason Kidd NEVER lost an International basketball game.

Ask your coach what you can do to help the team. When the coach tells you, do it.

As a coach, we need to emphasize the importance of each player’s role, even if they are practice players that get very little playing time. Too often, we don’t do this enough and that’s why players want to score the ball and take little pride in other areas of the game.

All great coaches motivate their players to do the little things.

It’s also part of the reason we produced and highly recommend the DVD, Danny Miles’ Value Point System.