Improve Relevant Techniques to Improve the Fast Break

This entry is the 14th chapter of the blog Ideas on Building a Fast Fast Break Offense. The whole blog is here.

Running the fast fast break effectively is often considered a matter of effort and tactics. And as seen above, up to a certain point it is.

However, it is also a technical matter. Players must be able to execute certain actions while sprinting full speed. While acquiring skills necessary to execute those actions, the players must eventually run full speed at practice, too.

This is sometimes ignored by coaches. Some seemingly assume that technical skills to be used while running full speed may be acquired while always running half speed. Unfortunately, this is flawed thinking. In reality, practice must be game-like.

On the other hand, the players can run full speed for only so long. Practice becomes counter-productive if they get too tired too early. This fact limits the number of repetitions that can be done game speed. A trade-off must be made between the effectiveness of practice and the expenditure of energy.

Relevant technical skills to be practiced in full speed include lay-ups, certain types of passes, and ball handling.

How to Practice Getting Steals

In another entry, I write about improving the fast fast break by enhancing the net-effect of steal attempts. Among the key implications are:

  1. Stealing is a skill that can be improved by practice.
  2. To enhance the net-effect of steal attempts, learn to limit the amount of gambling involved.

This brings about questions on how stealing can be practiced in praxis. Here are some ideas.

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Ideas on Building a Fast Fast Break Offense

All solid offenses run breaks that are fast up to a point. In this entry I’m trying to see how we could accelerate the offense beyond the point set by conventional wisdom. This is where the title comes from: “fast fast break offense” refers to an offense that is visibly faster than a solid, reasonable offense on the average.

I am writing and posting entry this piece by piece, chapter by chapter. The 14th and last chapter Improve Relevant Techniques was posted on Friday March 9. Please let me know if you spot loopholes in my thinking or if you want to share some of your ideas.

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Complexity, Creativity, and Everything

“Basketball is interaction between the two teams and the rules of basketball.”

That was my definition of basketball I wrote in a previous blog. In this blog, I tried to justify the aforementioned definition. Then I discussed what it implied regarding coaching, practicing, and playing basketball.

Questions about complexity, collectivism, creativity, variability, and mindfulness emerged. All the way through, I drew practical conclusions from the theoretical musings.

As James C. Maxwell remarked: “There is nothing more practical than a good theory.”

I wrote this piece by piece. The last addition was made on Monday May 1. The update starts with the subheading Practical Conclusions, Part 5: Always Consider the Context.

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Let Us Re-imagine Basketball

We should re-imagine basketball.

The current equipment and rules are designed to suit men’s top level. Elite players can go coast-to-coast in a flash, palm the ball, throw end-to-end passes, dunk the ball thunderously, hit threes as if they were lay-ups. You know, do all kinds of cool stuff.

The rest – kids, women, recreational male players – are left with a ball game that’s nice not really suited for them. This could be changed. We could modify the rules so that players of all levels would get to really enjoy the game.

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Why eFG% Is Invalid for Measuring the Efficiency of FG Shooting

Whenever you see basketball performance analysis where eFG% is used as the metric to measure the efficiency of FG shooting, you immediately know that the whole analysis is invalid. Since eFG% is widely used, much of the current basketball performance analysis is invalid.

Nothing helps: not the huge amount of the data, not the sophistication of the analysis methods, not the great looks of the graphics. In a way, they only make matters worse since they help hide the invalidity of the underlying assumptions.

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Improving Andre Drummond’s Free Throw

In a previous blog entry, I wrote about shooting and practicing shooting at a general level. Here I try to show how to implement those ideas into a real-life situation.

To make this concrete and familiar, let’s have a look at a much-publicized dilemma: an NBA player’s free throw shooting technique that is flawed and produces bad results. In other words, let’s look at Andre Drummond’s free throw shooting.

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