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Oakland University Basketball Practice Notes

Dec 04, 2017
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Chris Oliver

Greg Kampe, the long time and highly successful basketball coach of Oakland University, is the third-longest tenured coach in NCAA Division I. Jeff Tungate is in his fifth season at the helm of the Oakland University women’s basketball team. He had previously spent six seasons as associate head coach of the Oakland men’s team. These notes and videos are from each team’s full

Fast Break

How to Run the Modern Basketball Two Side Fast Break

Nov 17, 2017
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Chris Oliver

A conversation this summer with Detroit Pistons video coordinator TJ Saint sparked my interest in the two side fast break. According to Coach Saint, 14% of corner three-point shots from four NBA teams he studied (Cleveland, Houston, Boston and Utah) were created out of the transition to the two side via passes out on the fast break. With access to

NBA Basketball Practice

NBA Basketball Practice: Coaching Notes from NBA Training Camps

Oct 25, 2017
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Chris Oliver

When NBA training camps started in September I was fortunate to be able to attend a number of practices in person. I attended two practices with the Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and one practice and one pre-training camp workout with the Detroit Pistons. Below are my observations that came from all the NBA basketball practices. There were similarities, differences and

Playing in Spain

6 Ideas to Improve Your Coaching from Playing in Spain

Oct 05, 2017
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Chris Oliver

Playing professional basketball in Spain has opened my eyes to new ways of playing and coaching basketball. In this post, I’m going to share six things I learned in playing in Spain that can help you become a better coach. Here we go: 1) Don’t force ball screen actions If a ball screen action doesn’t generate a significant advantage on

Florida Clinic

2017 Florida Basketball Coaches Clinic Notes

Sep 22, 2017
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Chris Oliver

The Florida Coaches Clinic takes place every year and is organized by Larry Shyatt. It is hosted at the University of Florida and brings together NBA, NCAA and other coaches to share basketball ideas. These notes were taken and prepared by Mike Robuck and the University of Florida Staff. This year I was grateful to be asked to speak. I

Decision Training

Learn How to Use Basketball Decision Training

Aug 28, 2017
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Chris Oliver

Basketball Decision Training has taken root in the NBA, NCAA, FIBA and all levels of youth basketball. I have respected Chris Oliver via his online sharing of important basketball concepts. But I was blown away by the rationale and evidence supporting his Basketball Decision Training. I am looking forward to diving into a much more detailed understanding of Chris’ approach. As

Shooting Practice

Advice from an NBA Shooting Coach: Random vs. Blocked Shooting Practice

Aug 07, 2017
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Chris Oliver

There is a great idea out there that coaches need to implement in their shooting practice, but they need to be careful how they are using the idea.  The great idea is using random instead of block shooting practice.  Let me start by giving very simple examples of both so that you understand what I’m talking about.  Block practice is

On Air

Improve Your On Air Basketball Drills

Jul 19, 2017
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Chris Oliver

The one simple idea to improve your on air basketball drills is to add defense. This may seem obvious, but too many drills are run on air. On air means there is no opposed defense and therefore no game-like decisions. Running a 3-on-0 breakdown of an offensive action is an example of an on air drill. The opposite in many

How to Inbound vs. Pressure

Basketball Press Break: How to Inbound vs. Full-Court Pressure Defense

Jun 27, 2017
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Chris Oliver

I appreciate that there are many ways to do the right thing in coaching basketball. However, when it comes to press break, and more specifically how to inbound the ball vs. full-court man-to-man pressure defense, I do feel there is one wrong way. Passing the ball inbound directly to the ball side corner creates a disadvantage for an offense. I can say

Advantage Disadvantage

How to Teach Players to Read Advantage and Disadvantage

Jun 12, 2017
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Chris Oliver

We use one-on-one drills to teach our players how to read advantage and disadvantage. We define advantage as any time an offensive player has a shoulder to chest relationship to a defender. The disadvantage is when an offensive player has a chest to chest relationship to a defender. These definitions all relate to the ball, you, check concept of defense.

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