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Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker #3 and Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike #30 playing tight defense on Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles #34 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Ca on June 3, 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)(Credit Image: © Jevone Moore/Full Image 360/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Buying In to Defense: Four Tips for Your Team

Buying In to Defense: Four Tips for Your Team

Most young players naturally enjoy offense more than defense, but these simple tips and drills will have your team excited to defend. Coming off our 2017-18 Virginia state title, I have  reflected on some of the things we did defensively that helped us achieve our success. Coaching in this era, where so much emphasis is

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Player Development: 5 Exercises To Increase Basketball Explosiveness

Develop a strong foundation of power, force and basketball explosiveness with these simple strength-building movements. What so many players, coaches, and parents fail to realize is just how important the weight room is to developing a player’s technical and tactical skills. These are the primary movements that we focus on in our program: Lunges, Jumping,

KAUNAS, April 25, 2018  Kevin Pangos (R) of Zalgiris Kaunas breaks through during the third playoff of the Euroleague between Zalgiris Kaunas from Lithuania and Olympiakos Piraeus from Greece in Kaunas, Lithuania, April 24, 2018. Zalgiris Kaunas won 80-60. (Credit Image: © Alfredas Pliadis/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire)

Zalgiris Kaunas: Winning Ways Part 3 – Spain PNR Series

Despite having the lowest budget among Euroleague Playoff  teams, Zalgiris Kaunas has succeeded with an efficient offensive style. This is Part 3 of our series on Zalgiris Kaunas, covering Spain PNR sets. Read Part 1 on Horns Series and Part 2 on Iverson Series. Part 1 also includes a profile on head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius

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Plays of the Week – April Recap

The month of April featured some fantastic XsOs with the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament and beginning of the NBA Playoffs. Missed our emails from April? No worries – we got you covered. Catch up at the webpage versions below. Plays of the Week emails are generally sent on Tuesdays. Subscribe here to get POW delivered

BEIJING, April 27, 2018  Players of Zalgiris Kaunas celebrates during the fourth playoff of the Euroleague between Zalgiris Kaunas from Lithuania and Olympiakos Piraeus from Greece in Kaunas, Lithuania, April 26, 2018. Zalgiris Kaunas won 101-91. (Credit Image: © Alfredas Pliadis/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire)

Zalgiris Kaunas: Winning Ways Part 1 – Horns Series

Despite having the lowest budget among Euroleague Playoff  teams, Zalgiris Kaunas has succeeded with an efficient offensive style. This post, 1 of 4, focuses on ZK’s Horns series.  The 2017-18 EuroLeague season has been the most competitive of all time. Only three games separated 3rd place from 8th place in the league standings. Zalgiris Kaunas had one

November 15, 2017 - November 15, 2017 - Kyle Weems / Besiktas Istanbul nach Sieg über Telekom Baskets Bonn , Basketball Champions League Foto: Jörn Wolter *** Kyle Weems Besiktas Istanbul to victory over Telekom Baskets Bonn basketball Champions League photo Jörn Wolter MR:N (Credit Image: © Imago via ZUMA Press)

Failure IS an Option!

Most people attempt to avoid failure. In the realm of athletics, however, failing can be the key to finding success. The 1995 movie Apollo 13 is about the ill-fated NASA mission that saw an explosion aboard the Apollo 13 spacecraft which caused the mission’s goal of landing on the moon to be aborted. As the NASA

December 5, 2017 - Piscataway, New Jersey, U.S. - Michigan State's head coach Tom Izzo talks with guard Cassius Winston (5) during NCAA basketball action between the Michigan State Spartans and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan State defeated Rutgers 62-52. Duncan Williams/CSM(Credit Image: © Duncan Williams/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Better Coaches Mindset: Feedback, Criticism and Trust

This is the third post of the #BetterCoaches Mindset series in partnership with HoopGrind, and was originally published on its site here.  Read the first post exploring the Hedgehog Concept here, and the second post on Passion vs Obsession here.   If you attend any basketball practice around the world, you are likely to hear the Coach stressing

July 26, 2017 - Albuquerque, NM, U.S. - Albuquerque Journal.Pictured is New Mexico's mens basketball coach Paul Weir(cq) inside his office at working at a stand up desk. photographed inside the film room at the Rudy Davalos basketball practice facility. .Albuquerque, New Mexico Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal (Credit Image: © Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal via ZUMA Wire)

Go Home Coach: 5 Ways to Save Time and Be More Efficient

The basketball season is long and grueling. Once practices and games begin, the days and nights can blend together. In order to lead and mentor their teams, coaches often sacrifice things like time with family, friends, themselves, not to mention sleep and exercise. Having a proper work/life balance is important to the health of coaches, and

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Better Coaches Mindset: Hedgehog Concept

This is Part 1 of a Better Coaches Mindset Series from Coach Doug Brotherton and our partners at HoopGrind Basketball. It was originally published here. Three years ago, I listened to the audio version of the book, “Good to Great,“ by Jim Collins. One of the concepts that has stuck with me is the Hedgehog Concept. This

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Mindful Leadership: Uncovering Authenticity, Giving Attention and Building Trust

Mindful leadership is leading from the inside out.  It starts with being able to uncover who you actually are so you can authentically lead. This is the only way to build trust.  And, it’s where mindfulness comes into play. With a mindfulness practice, we train our minds to recognize when our attention drifts, and develop

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