Tip #15 War

War is one of my favorite team drills. It works on endurance, rebounding, boxing out, fast break, and communication.

For this drill the more people the better, up to 5 on 5. You can use one on one but it takes away the team aspect. You will split up into two teams. Offense around the three point line and defense in the paint. Partner up with someone who will be a challenge to guard or have a even matched opponent. The coach starts out with the ball and will intentionally miss the shot. When the shot goes up the defensive will find their matchup, box out, and explode for the board. Offense will try to maneuver around the defense to get the rebound and put it back up for a shot. If the offense gets the rebound they go back up with a quick shot or pass to a teammate for a better look. If the defense gets the ball they turn and push it full court and try to score on the fast break. If they miss the shot then the boxing out and rebound cycle continues. The drill ends when one team gets the rebound and scores.

This drill uses fundamentals to improve your game. It’s extremely active and enjoyable by getting players together almost like a scrimmage atmosphere. This is what most young players ask for. Try it out in your next practice and let me know how it goes.

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NBA Talk 11/21/17

  • Dwight Howard has a 25 point and 20 rebound night to defeat the Timberwolf’s.
  • Cavs stroll through Detroit with a easy victory. Lebron scores 16 of 18 total points in the first quarter.
  • Victor Oladipo has a near triple double against his former team the Orlando Magic.
  • 76ers young talent continues to sore with a win over the Utah Jazz sending them to a record of 9-7.
  • Clippers lose 9th straight game to Pozingis and the Knicks.
  • Portland’s Noah Vonleh sets career highs in points (11) and rebounds (18) in a win against the Grizzlies.
  • Anthony Davis scores 36 points with 15 rebounds to beat OKC.
  • Boston Celtics win 16th straight beating the Mavericks behind Irving’s 47 point night.
  • Spurs continue to find a way to win in the absence of Kawhi Leonard with a record of 11-6.
  • Lonzo Ball continues to struggle from the field with night after night of poor shot selection. The lack of confidence is apparent.

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Gratitude

Working for a mental heath facility is the best job I’ve ever had. Today I was able to cook all my clients a Thanksgiving dinner.

  • Ham
  • Stuffing
  • Green beans
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Rolls
  • Deviled eggs
  • Olives
  • Apple and pumpkin pie
  • Cherry cream cheese cheesecake

Cooking has always been a side hobby I’ve loved and today I was able to use it. Putting together all the dishes for our dinner some of the clients asked to help. Pitching in they got their hands dirty mashing potatoes, pealing eggs, and talking about their lives. The gratitude I witnessed in their eyes was unbelievable, it made my heart sink. A simple gesture like making a meal really goes a long way. Today that meal truly impacted my clients lives. The fact is even though my clients enjoyed the meal and experienced some extra attention for the night. I am the one who is feeling the warmth. For those short moments the clients aren’t homeless anymore. They’re not alone and hurting, no they are loved! In those moments I am extremely grateful to be brought into their world if only for a few hours. This week take the time to remember all you have. Focus on gratitude instead of what you don’t have. God has given me more then I ever could have imagined and I will be choosing to let my thoughts dwell on that this Thanksgiving.

1 Timothy 2:1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.

Tip #14 Flat Ball

Having trouble with your passing game? Turnovers happen, they are apart of the game. However if turnovers are being caused because of poor passing this is unacceptable. I had the privilege of coaching a team that was very skilled separately. Gelling them together as a team was difficult so poor passing was a problem. I came up with a solution, I had to force them to work together. I took our teams practice ball and let the air out and told my team no dribbling today. Playing with a flat ball made them work together. Using eye contact and communication to move the ball. No more one on ones and ball hogging just smart passes and team basketball. I saw improvements almost immediately!

If you are a coach a recommend those drill and watch as the turnovers start reducing. Players use this technique to improve your basketball IG, passing skills, and communication.

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NBA Talk 11/18/17

  • Pacers and Spurs come back from 20 point deficits to defeat the Detroit Pistons and OKC Thunder.
  • John Wall has a tough night against the Miami Heat being held scoreless until the 4th quarter.
  • Brooklyn gets hot from long range with 17 three points and 27 assists to beat the Utah Jazz.
  • A near triple double by Lebron James sends Clippers back LA empty handed.
  • Knicks Shoot only 33% from the field against the Raptors as they drop to 8-7 on the season.
  • Kemba Walker drops 47 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists but Charlotte falls short to the Bulls.
  • Denver Nuggets shoot 62% from the field with 37 assists to defeat New Orleans 146-114.

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