The Basketball Podcast: EP43 Ryan Pannone

February 27, 2019

In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, AC Hapoel Jerusalem assistant coach Ryan Pannone joins the podcast to discuss offensive rebounding, the pick and roll game and so much more. Pannone shares his knowledge gained from having coached all over the world including time in Israel, Slovakia, the United States, China and Germany.

Pannone has twice served as an assistant coach for Hapoel Jerusalem of Israel’s top-tier, as in addition to his current role, he was previously an assistant coach in the 2016-17 season. During the 2017-18 season. he served as head coach of BC Prievidza of the Slovak Basketball League, the top-tier league in Slovakia.

As a player development and g-league coach, he has worked with numerous NBA players. He has worked with many of those player, along with legendary trainer David Thorpe,


“Most people think that rebounding is just effort . . and offensive rebounding – that’s certainly a portion of it . . but [offensive rebounding] is broken down into different skills.”

[On sending 5 players to the glass] “It’s not something for us that we’ve been punished [for] because people are so worried about giving up 20 offensive rebounds. We go after the glass hard and physical . . we try to coach it every possession and every timeout.”

“In my opinion, you can’t be an elite rebounder if you’re a two-handed rebound guy. It’s just not going to happen . . [One-handed rebounding] is a skill that you have to drill.”

“Most of the time what you see on offensive rebounding is guys go after the ball but they’re a half-second, second late . . then the moment somebody touches them, they eliminate their effort . . these are things we try to build.”

“[Offensive rebounding] is a lot more than ‘go get it.’ It’s your timing, it’s understanding, it’s being able to have extension catches . . out of area rebounds, knowing how to wedge a guy underneath the hoop . . those are all really important skills.”

“Great defenders don’t get screened . . if you watch high level offensive rebounders, very rarely do they get boxed out.”

“It’s something . . that if you’re an under-talented team . . it’s a great way to generate extra possessions.”

“Most rebounders are not extension rebounders . . so you have to train them to be able to catch the ball from the side, high, low, with their arms extended.”

“At the end of the day, I find as a coach, there’s a few reasons you’re not doing something – you’re either not good enough to do it or you don’t care enough to do it.”

“Especially with wings and bigs . . you can run down from the NBA to Europe – the top rebounders get paid.”

“Most players want to get better . . improving your value is what we talk about in our player development sessions. For every player, if you improve your rebounding you improve your value.”

“Often times people are looking at assist numbers and assist-to-turnover ratios which is kind of an archaic stat. To me there’s no real value to assist-to-turnover ratios . . when you’re evaluating a team because at the end of the day it’s assist attempts.”

“When we’re talking assist numbers it’s ‘have I created a good shot?’ . . but you’ve got guys that are high assist guys that don’t want to get off the ball quick, that don’t want to make the simple play, the quick play.”

“You have to have, as a coach, the big picture of, we’re down by 25 . . it’s the fourth quarter . . how do we get better? . . what can we do that can help us come playoff time?”

“The confidence a coach can breathe into a player can change the trajectory of his career.”

“I try to give each player a daily routine for practice . . for 20-25 minutes before, for 20-25 minutes after . . I want them to do something every day.”

“It didn’t matter how tired he was, how hard he went, how much he slept, he made 60 shots every day to end practice . . over a 10-year career that’s a huge difference.“

“If you’re talking offense . . you have to talk the basic principles of offense before you add the pick and roll.”

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1:00 – Introduction
1:30 – Working in Early Years
3:30 – Offense Rebounding
6:00 – Impact on Transition Defense to Rebound
6:40 – “Tagging Up” and “Go Getter”
8:00 – Skill Development Portion
10:00 – 2-Handed Rebound Guy
11:00 – Breaking with Film Study
13:00 – “Eliminate Effort When you First Touch”
14:00 – Running Screens
16:00 – Traditions and 1-Hand Rebound
17:00 – Tip Concept
18:30 – Percentage Spending on Offensive Rebounding
21:00 – Better Rebounder
23:00 – NBA says don’t Offensive Rebound
25:30 – Factors Leading their team in Top 1 in Assist
27:40 – Video Scouting for Assist
31:00 – Player’s Body
32:40 – Game Development Plan
34:30 – Practice Development Plan
36:40 – Low Impact Training
39:00 – Game Development When your Losing
41:00 – Confidence of a Coach
43:00 – Sharing Plan with the Players and Trainers
46:00 – Doing in Reps in Practice
48:00 – Player-Led in Practice Reps like Seth Curry
51:00 – Pick and Roll Team and their Spacing
52:00 – Re-Screen
54:00 – Big Guys during Pick and Roll
55:00 – Other Pick and Roll Concepts
57:40 – Non-Shooting Big’s Decision Making
59:00 – Constant Moving in Pick and Roll
1:02:00 – Offensive Concepts in Europe
1:03:40 – Conclusion

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  1. DUDE!!!! I need his stuff. I am fascinated with the Bill Self High Low and we ran it last year but we tried but never could get the on ball portion down and running like a machine. Is this the same offense he’s talking about? I couldn’t follow all that as I was running, lol.

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