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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.

Basketball Mental Toughness

How to Develop Mental Toughness with Constant Challenge in Practice

May 18, 2017
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Chris Oliver

“Talent is a piece of the performance puzzle, but a small piece.” – Penny Werthner If you ask coaches they would probably rate mental toughness as one of the most important determinants of success. If that’s true do you know how to practically develop it? Do you believe you can develop or change it? Mental toughness is one of the

Defensive X-Out

The Basketball Defensive X-Out: A Sure Fire Fundamental Guaranteed to Improve your Team’s Defense

Apr 27, 2017
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Chris Oliver

I get asked a lot about what things I teach that are under-utilized by many basketball coaches. My answer is consistently the same…the basketball defensive x-out. A defensive x-out is when two players on the weak side of the floor switch checks in a defensive recovery situation. Why is an X-Out Important? The defensive x-out allows your players to help

Basketball Inbound Passer

Passing Tips for the Basketball Inbound Passer

Apr 12, 2017
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Chris Oliver

The best inbound teams I have coached have all had one thing in common…they have had a better than average inbound passer to enter the basketball.  It is not as easy as it seems to inbound the ball. Breaking down all aspects of inbound offense is an often neglected part of the basketball coaching process. One of the little things that

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