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Georgios Bartzokas: The 9 Rules of Switching Defense

Georgios Bartzokas: The 9 Rules of Switching Defense

The iconic EuroLeague coach won many games with his switching defense strategy. Here’s a breakdown of his rules with FastDraw diagrams. Georgios Bartzokas Profile One of the most successful and charismatic coaches in European basketball, Georgios Bartzokas claimed a EuroLeague championship while being named Coach of the Year in 2013 with Olympiakos. Bartzokas also was a Final Four

VITORIA-GASTEIZ, SPAIN – MAY 19, 2019: BC CSKA Moscow's Sergio Rodriguez dribbles past BC Anadolu Efes Istanbul's Vasilije Micic (R-L) in their 2019 Basketball Euroleague Final Four championship game, at Fernando Buesa Arena  (Credit Image: © Valery Sharifulin/TASS via ZUMA Press)

CSKA Moscow: EuroLeague Champions Breakdown – Early Offense

See what one of the most successful teams in Europe, CSKA Moscow, runs to take advantage early in possessions. Cementing it’s reputation as one of the top basketball clubs in Europe, CSKA Moscow won the EuroLeague Championship in dramatic fashion, surviving Final Four battles against Real Madrid and Anadolu Efes. This is the eight EuroLeague title in

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EuroLeague Recap: Best BLOBs and SLOBs of the Regular Season

With the final round of regular season EuroLeague games complete, take a look at some of the best inbounds plays from the top contenders.  We all know inbounds situations are a very important part of basketball. These situations gives you an opportunity to organize a particular offensive action or scenario to create possible scoring opportunity. A competition such as

January 14, 2018 - Brisbane, Quensland, Australia - Bryce Cotton of the Wildcats (#11) celebrates during the round fourteen NBL match between the Brisbane Bullets and the Perth Wildcats at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on January 14, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Credit Image: © Albert Perez/ZUMA Wire)

Perth Wildcats – Developing a Series Around Flex Action

The Perth Wildcats, the top team in Australia, uses the classic Flex action as the basis for a series with multiple options and counters. The 2018-19 Australian NBL regular season is complete. It was the most competitive season in history of the league, with plenty of unpredictable results and close games. As it stands, Perth Wildcats

November 4, 2018 - Madrid, Madrid, Spain - Ibon Navarro during Morabanc Andorra victory over Real Madrid (105 - 107) in Liga Endesa regular season game (day 7) celebrated in Madrid at Wizink Center. November 4th 2018. (Credit Image: © Juan Carlos Garcia Mate/Pacific Press via ZUMA Wire)

MoraBanc Andorra: Early Offense and Half Court Series

A look at the concepts and plays from coach Ibon Navarro that has his MoraBanc Andorra team scoring 90+ points per game.  The end of 2018 was a great time for MoraBanc Andorra of the Spanish ACB league. The team grabbed some big wins against Real Madrid and Baskonia, and also was perfect in EuroCup play with

June 3, 2018 - Madrid, Community of Madrid, España - Real Madrid's Rudy Fernandez (C) in action against Herbalife Gran Canaria's Xavi Rabaseda and Nikola Radicevic during the Liga Endesa first semifinal series match between Real Madrid and Gran Canaria at the Wizink Center in Madrid, Spain, 03 June 2018. (Credit Image: © Kiko Huesca/EFE via ZUMA Press)

Pin Down Series: How Real Madrid Creates Open Shots

Down screen, pin down or coming off screen – whatever you call it, Real Madrid creates numerous open looks with the action. The reigning EuroLeague Champion, Real Madrid, are looking for a second title in a row. This season the squad is off to a great start in league play, currently sitting in second place just behind Fenerbahce

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Euroleague Recap: Olimpia Milano PNR Breakdown

One of the top offenses in the Euroleague, Olimpia Milano excels at PNR situations no matter what type of defense it faces. Olimpia Milano had a great start to the Euroleague season with a 3-1 record (which includes a big away win against Olympiakos Piraeus) and an intermediate spot in playoff at the end of

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Top Plays from EuroCup First Round: New Coaches Edition

Several teams at the EuroCup have new leaders, but as always, each coach provided some quality XsOs for us to learn from. EuroCup is the second best competition in Europe. Twenty-four elite European clubs face each other,  each looking for a trophy and cherished place in the EuroLeague, as the winner earns a spot for next

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Top Plays: FIBA U18 European Championship 2018

Plenty of creative and effective XsOs were showcased during the FIBA U18 Europe event – here are seven diagrams along with video. Many factors made the FIBA U18 European Championship 2018 in Latvia very exciting. This tournament was important for most youth European players, because the U18 event sees the largest gathering of NBA and EuroLeague scouts.

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Top Plays: FIBA U20 European Championship 2018

The talent at the FIBA U20 European Championship extended to the sidelines where coaches displayed some creative XsOs. The FIBA U20 European Championship is the final national youth competition before players jump to the professional level. It’s a tournament that displays great potential, tremendous skills and unbelievable energy as future stars are made! This was definitely the

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