Better Free Throw Shooting & The “Steve Nash Hack”

By Joe Haefner

Better Free Throw Shooting & The “Steve Nash Hack”

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Kevin Durant and Steve Nash Discuss What It Takes To Become Great

By Joe Haefner

Here are some key points from the conversation between Kevin Durant and Steve Nash…

 

Approach To Practicing and Workouts

Even Kevin Durant struggled to improve; there were a lot of players that were better.  He worked harder than everybody else.

Engage with your workout partners.  Challenge each other and push each other to get better.

Approach your workouts with an intensity of a game.

If I take days off, I feel like I’m getting worse.

The days that you don’t want to workout and you still workout… those are the days that you win.

 

Practicing Moves and Instincts

When you practice a move, it doesn’t happen during a game after a practice.  It takes a lot of practice to have it work during a game.

The game is played with instincts.  Practice so much that your moves become instinctual.

 

How To Handle Missing Shots

When you miss shots, you have to act like you don’t care.  If you miss, be ready to make the next shot.  This mentality is born from a lot of work.

 

 

Newsletter 102 – Steve Nash Free Throw Shooting Drill

By Joe Haefner

New Steve Nash Free Throw Shooting Drill

Do you want to shoot like the greatest free-throw shooter to ever play the game? Look no further than Steve Nash’s drill to improve free-throw shooting. Nash made over 90% of his free-throws by using this simple drill…READ MORE »

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When Did Steve Nash Start Playing Basketball?

By Joe Haefner

According to an interview posted by NBA.com, Steve Nash did not start playing basketball until he was 12 or 13 years old. Yes, a 2-time MVP of the NBA did not start playing basketball until he was nearly a teenager.

There seems to be this myth circulating among parents and coaches that you need to start a child early in “Organized” sports in order to be successful. The sad thing is that the complete opposite often happens, because kids:

  1. Lose interest, because sports aren’t fun anymore.
  2. Get burned out.
  3. Get injured – play too many games.
  4. Don’t get enough playing time.
  5. Get too much pressure placed on them to win.

The list could go on and on.

I’m not against organized sports. I think with the right approach, it can be very beneficial.

Here are some things I guarantee that occurred during Steve Nash’s childhood:

  1. Played multiple sports – This helped him develop into a great overall athlete. Did you know Nash was a very good soccer player? I believe he still plays some during the offseason.
  2. Developed a passion himself – I can almost guarantee he wasn’t forced to practice by his parents. Do you think you would be passionate about something if you were forced to do it?
  3. Plenty of free play – played sports in the backyard or playground without adult supervision and instruction. Don’t you think it would be beneficial for kids to solve problems and socialize without an adult instructing them how to do everything? We’re not developing robots, are we?
  4. Coaches made it fun. When I say fun, I’m not talking about hosting practices where the coaches and players skip around together singing Kum-Ba-Yah.

I’m referring to coaches:

  • Being positive.
  • Complimenting way more than criticizing. Try using Phil Jackson’s magic ratio of 5 compliments to 1 criticism or Morgan Wootten’s sandwich technique with a compliment – criticism – compliment. I honestly don’t even like to call them criticisms. I think using the term “teaching point” puts coaches in a better mindset to teach rather than just point out a flaw.
  • Disciplining (not punishing).
  • Using fun drills & games to improve skills.
  • Teaching with some enthusiasm.
  • Challenging the athletes through progressions while not making it too difficult or too easy.

Let’s stop all of this ultra-competitive athletics at an early age and develop KIDS the right way!

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Handling Ball Screens Like Steve Nash

By Joe Haefner

While watching game 4 of the Bulls-Celtics series, Jeff Van Gundy stated that Derrick Rose needed to handle the switches on ball screens more like Steve Nash.

Towards the beginning of the game, the Celtics were switching on ball screens leaving a bigger, slower post player guarding Rose. Rose was settling for the jump shot or he would try to attack when he was already too close to the hoop to take advantage of his quickness.

When Steve Nash gets a big player switched onto him, he takes a couple of dribbles backwards.

This does a few things:

  1. Lures the bigger player out further away from the hoop.
  2. Allows the offensive player to gain momentum while dribbling towards the player which makes it easier to blow by the defender or change directions if needed.
  3. Gives teammates an extra second to space the floor properly. This spreads the defense out which gives the player with the ball more room to penetrate.


After you draw out the defender, how should you attack the defender?

  • If the defensive player drops into the lane, you can use the mid-range jump shot.
  • If the defensive player stays parallel and does not move, you can explode straight past them.
  • If the defense comes up and puts a foot forward, you can fake an explosion move or inside-out move, then cross the defender over.
  • If the help defense collapses, you can kick the ball out to an open teammate.

In the 4th quarter of the Bulls-Celtics game, I noticed Rose started to draw out the defender with a couple of dribbles backwards like Van Gundy had mentioned earlier in the broadcast. I don’t know if he figured it out himself or a coach told him to do it, but it sure contributed to his 12 point explosion in the 4th quarter that helped the Bulls come from behind and eventually squeak out the victory in double overtime.

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