Author Archives: Randy Sherman

March 4, 2018 - Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Brooklyn Nets Guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) and Los Angeles Clippers Guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) grab each others jerseys as they go down the court during the game between the Brooklyn Nets and the L.A. Clippers on March 04, 2018, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by David Dennis/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © David Dennis/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

Motion Strong Entries And Options

Motion Strong Entries And Options

Two “Motion Strong” entries and options from five-out featuring the Brooklyn Nets The Brooklyn Nets (35-33, 7th in East) have taken Motion Strong, a long-time staple of the San Antonio Spurs, and opened up the spacing with a five-out alignment from transition. Like the four-out version popularized by the Spurs, the Nets’ version features a staggered screen and different options

January 11, 2019 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Joe Harris #12 of the Brooklyn Nets against Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors during the Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets NBA regular season game at Scotiabank Arena on January 11, 2019, in Toronto, Canada (Toronto Raptors win 122-105) (Credit Image: © Anatoliy Cherkasov/NurPhoto via ZUMA Press)

The Throw & Go Handoff

The “Throw & Go” handoff can be an effective two-player action for creating an advantage.  Simply put, a throw & go handoff is when a player, typically a guard, passes to another player, typically a big, on the perimeter and chases their pass for a handoff. The guard throws a pass and goes immediately into a handoff

November 12, 2018: Tyler Williams (1) drives to the hoop against Matisse Thybulle (4) during a basketball game between the Washington Huskies and the University of San Diego. The game was played at Hec Ed Pavilion in Seattle, WA. Jeff Halstead / CSM(Credit Image: © Jeff Halstead/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Spread Ball Screen vs. 2-3 Zone

Using Spread Ball Screen versus 2-3 Zone can provide carryover from your man-to-man offense to your zone offense.  Many coaches have a high desire to use the same or similar offenses versus man-to-man and zone defense. By using spread ball screen concepts versus a 2-3 Zone you may accomplish this. This allows your transition offense

Nov 23 2018 Las Vegas, NV U.S.A. Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo during the NCAA Men's Basketball Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational between Texas Longhorns and the Michigan State Spartans 78-68 win at The Orleans Arena Las Vegas, NV. Thurman James / CSM(Credit Image: © Thurman James/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

What Do YOU Think?

Counseling Coaches Series: What Do YOU Think? Forming your OWN thoughts about basketball matters. (Note: This blog originally appeared at radiusathletics.com and is reposted with permission.) In the summer of 2015 some coaching friends encouraged me to begin sharing basketball info on social media and in blogs. This information was well-received and thanks to some

Virginia Cavaliers guard Kihei Clark (0) during the NCAA Basketball game between the George Washington Colonials and the Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena on Sunday November 11, 2018 in Charlottesville, VA. Jacob Kupferman/CSM(Credit Image: © Jacob Kupferman/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Pack Line Playbook: Lock And Trail

Pack Line Playbook: Defending single and double down screens within the Pack Line Defense using the “Lock and Trail” technique. The Pack Line style of defense features some unwaivering absolutes. There are specific rules and techniques that change little from game-to-game or opponent-to-opponent.The mindset is to do a few things and do them well. We will

November 6, 2018 - Ann Arbor, MI, U.S. - ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 06: Michigan Wolverines head coach John Beilein coaches Michigan Wolverines guard Zavier Simpson (3) during a timeout during the Michigan Wolverines game versus the Norfolk State Spartans on Tuesday November 6, 2018 at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, MI. (Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © Steven King/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

Getting To 1.0

Getting to 1.0 points per possession (PPP) places your offense in the upper echelon of the competitive landscape. In the 2017-2018 NCAA basketball season 25 out of the 353 Men’s Division I basketball teams operated at 1.0 points per possession (PPP) or higher. That is roughly seven percent of all teams. (per Synergy Sports) On the

October 22, 2018 Los Angeles, CA..Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma #0 playing defense during the first half of the San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 22, 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)(Credit Image: © Jevone Moore / Cal Sport Media/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Defensive Denial Drills

Defensive denial drills for disrupting ball movement and prohibiting easy offensive catches.  Denial is the disruptive force in pressure man-to-man defense. The purpose of denial is to disrupt the ball movement, timing and sequencing of the offense. The aim is for the ball to become isolated forcing the ball-handler to abandon the tactics and strategies of

February 22, 2018 - Cleveland, OH, USA - The Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyle Korver hits a 3-pointer against the Washington Wizards in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The Wizards won, 110-103. (Credit Image: © Leah Klafczynski/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

The Inside-Out Three

The inside-out three-point shot is at the pinnacle of all three-point attempts and the three-pointer to seek and encourage above all others. Not all threes are created equal. There are threes to encourage and threes to discourage. There are off-the-dribble pull-up threes. There are threes by a cutter coming off a screen. There are threes

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