Why I am Taking the Year Off from the Job I Love

Jul 01, 2015
Chris Oliver

I am taking a sabbatical. I am taking a year off from coaching. Instead I am going to travel around the world with my family. I am going to spend the seven months of the season living differently. This may seem to be a strange decision. I know it has been interpreted many ways by different people I have told.

One Day Brantford Coaching Clinic Notes

Jun 24, 2015
Chris Oliver

I did a one day clinic in Brantford, Ontario that covered a variety of topics. I wanted to share my notes with you. I have included s a video from that clinic as well. It demonstrates a 5-on-5 Chase Drill that reveals how I use questions to get players to think and respond. All the other videos from the clinic can be found in

Make Your Practices More Game Like – A Summary

Jun 10, 2015
Chris Oliver

Using a games sense approach to coaching basketball is a consistent theme of Basketball Immersion and can help you make your practices more game like. Player-centred coaching remains a novel approach for many. An autocratic style of instruction still dominates basketball coaching at all levels of the game. A games sense approach attempts to draw players into the decision-making process and provide input into the

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Defensive Transition: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About

May 29, 2015
Chris Oliver

I originally started writing this blog as a summary of a FIBA Coaching Library video on Defensive Transition by Andrej Lemanis. Coach Lemanis is the Australian national team coach and the video is excellent. I have summarized his drills and teaching points in this blog but I also wanted to add more detail on the topic of transition defense, which

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Tom Thibodeau, Coaching Evaluations and A Blueprint for Coach Improvement

May 21, 2015
Chris Oliver

In reading the reports that Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls are possibly breaking up their relationship, it brought to mind my experiences with coach evaluations. The NBA level is unique when it comes to coaching evaluation. In the NBA the coaching evaluation is largely about winning. This is probably true of NCAA D1 athletics too. People can say what they want

Do You Believe You Will Win A Championship Every Year?

May 15, 2015
Chris Oliver

Hello Coach Oliver. Do you come into every season, every year, whole-heartedly thinking you will in a championship? If so, do you ever have doubts throughout the season? If you would share your thoughts that would be great. I am only seeking insight and understanding. Regards, David The easy answer is yes, I believe we will win a championship every

A Summary of How to Teach Shooting with Holger Geschwinder

May 10, 2015
Chris Oliver

To save you time, here is my summary of Are You Sure We Teach the Shooting by Holger Geschwindner, so you can watch the specific things that I feel are the most relevant. Gerschwinder is a mentor and shooting coach of Dirk Nowitzki. Here is an older video of him working with Dirk (Video). Lay-ups He started with lay-ups and an emphasis on

My All-Time Favorite Inbound Play Doesn’t Always Work

May 05, 2015
Chris Oliver

I have never put in a play, a defensive scheme, or a practice drill that I did not believe was the solution. Once I implemented an idea, I believed it would work. That positive belief is undoubtedly a good thing. I put a lot of thought into whatever our team does so it is important to believe in my decisions.

A Summary of Developing Young Guards by Arik Shivek

Apr 30, 2015
Chris Oliver

 Here is my summary of Coach Shivek’s video with the best drills highlighted for you to check out if they interest you. He plays with four perimeter players and spacing. Every player needs great ball handling and versatility in how they finish around the rim. He spends a lot of time repeating floaters, reverse lay-ups, etc., to develop this ability. Dribbling,

Q&A: How to Build the Coach-Athlete Relationship

Apr 26, 2015
Chris Oliver

Question: Basketball Immersion member Paul had this question: Hey Coach. I was just watching a couple of your clinic videos and I noticed a couple of similar but slightly disparate ideas when it comes to building the coach-player relationship. In one video, you say that you’ll ask them, “How can I best communicate with you?” In another video, you say