February Coaching Nuggets

-Fran Fraschilla: “Weaking” the high pick & roll to the player’s left hand can backfire when you’re in a “Drop” coverage because the PG will just snake it back to his right hand.
-Steve Kerr: “My whole thing as a coach is I want open shots. I don’t keep track of how many 3’s. I just want open shots. I’m not into the math stuff. We have great 3-point shooters and if we should space the floor and move and take a bunch of them, it makes perfect sense.”
-Anthony Lynn: When I was promoted to Offensive Coordinator [mid-season on September 16th], Coach Parcells called and gave me advice. His systems have always been personnel-driven. It was something he always said in Dallas: Do what your players do best. Sometimes we get a lot of scheme in our head and we put too much on the players. You can have way too much volume. He’s always told me insecure coordinators carry a lot of volume because they feel they don’t have enough bullets. But it’s not fair to your players because they can’t play fast or physical and you can’t see their talents. He encouraged me to look at the volume and figure out what we did best. He told me to cut the volume in half.
-Steve Donahue (Penn): Before they go home for the summer, give your players an empty notebook to track their workouts. Note-taking is one of the most consistent habits in highly successful people.
-Mike Brey (Notre Dame): I’m a big believer in not getting too deep and relying on a core of guys who really know how to play together.
-Kevin Eastman: Something you can get out of your practice tape is slight offensive wrinkles/adjustments your first unit is making (sometimes unknowingly) to your offensive system due to the second team knowing what they’re running. Some of our best offensive wrinkles in Boston were born out of KG doing this or that in practice against the second unit.
-Tony Dungy: With the Patriots, what’s amazing to me is their ability to be able to execute and be on your fundamentals and still change approaches week in and week out, I have no idea how they do it, but that to me is the genius.
-Dave Faucher: When you have certainty of movement, you can play with great pace
-Boris Diaw: “A change of tempo is also very important in footwork so you’re not always going at same the speed,” Diaw said. “Sometimes you need to be slow to have good footwork. Having good footwork going 100 miles per hour is something that’s really, really difficult.”
-Fred Hoiberg (Chicago Bulls): I’m not a system guy. I like to run actions based on the strengths of personnel. Find actions to take advantage of a mismatch and play out of that.

Past Editions:
December 2016 Coaching Nuggets
September 2016 Coaching Nuggets
August 2016 Coaching Nuggets
June 2016 Coaching Nuggets
April 2016 Coaching Nuggets
March 2016 Coaching Nuggets
Final 2015 Coaching Nuggets
October 2015 Coaching Nuggets
September 2015 Coaching Nuggets
August 2015 Coaching Nuggets
July 2015 Coaching Nuggets

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