"Offense sells tickets. Defense wins championships."
Whether you run man to man, zone, press or a combination, most coaches agree defense is a top priority.
When your offense is stagnant, or the ball just isn't falling, you can always count on your defense to keep you in the game. Defense is mostly about effort, focus, and teamwork. The skill of shooting takes years to learn... defense can be taught in a relatively short amount of time compared to offensive skill.
There are dozens of different types and philosophies regarding defense... man, zone, force baseline, force middle, pack it in, force turnovers, create tempo, and so on.
But regardless of the defense you run, we find that players that have developed strong man-to-man defensive principles can quickly adapt to any type of defense -- press, 1-3-1 zone, 2-3 zone, and so on. But it doesn't usually work the other way around. So, we start with man-to-man as the foundation.
Man to Man Basketball Defense
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