Pete Carroll on Defense

“From the discipline and repetition comes the ability to improvise and be creative,” he said matter-of-factly. “If you try to be creative and improvise without the discipline, you have chaos. But once you have the discipline, once you take care of all of the details, you can play with it. You gain the ability to add accent, to improvise with trust and confidence, to make it into jazz.” – Pete Carroll

10 Ingredients of Becoming a Player

The following is from DePaul University Women’s Basketball:

1. Love to play the game. Not just love the game but… love to PLAY the game for the pure enjoyment and exhilaration of the competition of the game itself. Love to PLAY to get better. THE MORE WE PLAY; THE BETTER WE GET!

2. Love to compete!

3. Ball skills = basic fundamentals: ball handling, dribbling, passing and catching, shooting, lay-ups, power lay-ups, baby hooks and jump shots.

4. Footwork = work feet. Learn how to make your feet work for you. We can not totally control how quick our feet might be; we can control how we can best make our feet work for us. Fundamental basketball functions, to be executed properly, must start with proper fundamental footwork.

5. Offensive moves = advanced fundamentals. After we develop ball skills and after we develop footwork, we must put our ball skills and footwork together in the understanding and development of offensive moves. Offensive moves must be learned in five offensive move situations:
• Offensive moves without the ball.
• Offensive moves in the triple threat back to the basket.
• Offensive moves in the triple threat facing the basket.
• Offensive moves in the dribble drive situation.
• Offensive moves at the conclusion of the dribble.
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News: Bulls’ ‘Mental Toughness’ Impresses Opponents

Chicago Tribune: The Chicago Bulls have become the envy of coaches around the NBA — and not just because they have the best record and the reigning league MVP in Derrick Rose.

Coaches from opposing teams continue to be impressed with the quality depth and exceptional teamwork displayed by a Bulls team beset by injuries to key players, including Rose.

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4 Chair Shooting Drill

From assistant coach Dominick Cannon of St. Patrick High School (IL):

One shooter and one or two rebounders
Shooter works around chairs and gets into a jump shot at each one
Rebounder grabs ball and replaces it on each chair
Shooter shoots for one minute and keeps score
Note: change patterns of movement between chairs and location of chairs

Stan Van Gundy on Defense

The following is from a handout provided by University of Illinois-Chicago assistant men’s basketball coach Al Biancalana:

“There are no easy answers or miracle schemes that will be consistently effective with minimum effort. Great defense results not from great schemes but from the defensive commitment from the players and staff. To be a great defense team, we must trust our system and make it work. We must trust our teammates to do their jobs and make sure that they can trust you to do yours.”

- Stan Van Gundy, Head Coach, Orlando Magic