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Florida State Seminoles guard Trent Forrest (3) during the NCAA College Basketball game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena on Saturday January 5, 2019 in Charlottesville, VA. Jacob Kupferman/CSM(Credit Image: © Jacob Kupferman/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Pack Line Playbook: On To Off

Pack Line Playbook: On To Off

In Pack Line defense, the ability to go “on-to-off” (and back on again) on airtime is vital to protecting the paint and contesting shots. Moving on airtime of the pass is vital to any defense. There is no scenario in which the ball moves and a defender does not. In Pack Line defense teammates must

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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#NBAXmas – The Best Plays from Christmas Day

We handed over our Twitter account to contributor Tony Miller to cover the best plays from NBA Christmas Day games. And he didn’t disappoint. Coach Miller not only shared his favorite #XsOs including BLOBs, SLOBs and ATOs, but also pointed out some great concepts and trends used by the elite NBA teams. Make sure to

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

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Year in Review: The Top 10 Playbooks of 2018

We gave the people what they wanted in 2018, and they wanted playbooks. Grab our best ones here – if you haven’t already. Continuing with our end of the year review that began with the Top 25 Plays of 2018, we now present the top 10 playbooks of the year. We’ve produced a lot of

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The Year of the PlayBank: The Top 25 Plays of 2018

Check out the top 25 most downloaded plays and top 10 playbooks from the FMS PlayBank in 2018. The last 12 months have delivered some truly phenomenal basketball. From the March Madness, to the NBA and WNBA Playoffs, FIBA EuroCup and World Cup Qualifying, the EuroLeague season, Basketball Champions League, NCAA preseason tournaments like the Maui

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

September 28, 2018 - Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. - Roberto E. RosalesJournal.The UNM Lobos basketball team held their first practice Friday afternoon with several newcomers joining the team.  Pictured from left to right are Anthony Mathis(Cq), Clay Patterson(Cq) Drue Drinnon(Cq)Keith McGee(Cq) as they listen to assistant coach Brandon Mason(Cq) on the far right. .Albuquerque, New Mexico  (Credit Image: © Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal via ZUMA Wire)

More Than Just Talk: Building Communication on Offense

The benefits of better offensive communication, along with role responsibilities, practice ideas and drills to improve this area. *This is the final part in a 3-part series. Check out previous posts: Building Communication With Your Team | Building Communication on Defense Although the defensive side of the floor usually gets most of the focus when

November 17, 2018 - Arizona Wildcats guard Brandon Williams #2 drives by Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Zach Norvell Jr. #23 during a Maui Invitational game between the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Arizona Wildcats at the Lahaina Civic Center in Lahaina, Maui, HI - Michael Sullivan/CSM(Credit Image: © Michael Sullivan/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Beaches & Basketball: Maui Invitational Top 10 Plays

Beaches and basketball – the Maui Invitational has them both! Coach Dave Nedbalek shares the best sets he saw. One of college basketball’s premier tournaments, the Maui Invitational always provides quality entertainment as top teams face off early in the season. I enjoy seeing teams that would not match-up otherwise, as it pits different styles

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