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Feb. 10, 2014 - Minneapolis, MN, USA - Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard dunks the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love during the second half at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn., on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. (Credit Image: � Renee Jones Schneider/TNS/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Houston’s Smith-Howard Pick and Roll Connection

Houston’s Smith-Howard Pick and Roll Connection

One of the interesting X’s and O’s developments to emerge out of the 1st round of the NBA playoffs was the pick and roll connection displayed by Josh Smith and Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets. Josh Smith would not be your first thought when asked to name a ball handling 4 man in the


Pressure Man Defense – Rooftop Rules

Beginning with on-the-ball defense, we blueprint how to implement pressure man-to-man defense into your program. The first concept, “THE ROOFTOP RULES”  is the foundation. Not all man-to-man defenses are alike. Coaches have different philosophies on help defense, ball screen coverage, stance angle and much more. In this series we will detail the foundations of pressure


The NBA Slice Series – Part 2

This is the second part of a two part NBA Slice Series. Read part one here: The NBA Slice Series Part 1 When Doc Rivers took over the head coaching position at the L.A. Clippers, he brought Alvin Gentry on board as his offensive coordinator. Gentry, in addition to being a head coach for multiple


Plays of the Week: Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors have been the most dominant team in the NBA this year. They blend the perfect amount of quality players and sets that always put the defense in tough spots. Having Steph Curry & Klay Thompson with shooters to space the floor, their offense is unguardable at times. Here we will take

NCAA Midwest Regional 3rd Round game 2015: Wisconsin vs Oregon, MAR 22

The Art of 1-on-1 Defense – Part 1

We live in a basketball world where style usually gets noticed more than substance.  A player with strong 1-on-1 offensive skills (jab, shoulder fake, foot-fake, spin, pull-up jump shot) often gets rewarded with millions of dollars from an NBA contract and endorsements. While this “highlight” brand of basketball may dominate the talking points on ESPN