Many coaches emphasize the idea that good fundamentals should be the building blocks of any good basketball player.
However, often those fundamentals are only actually practiced on the offensive side of the ball, and defensive fundamentals go overlooked.
Building a strong defensive team starts with getting your players in a good defensive stance.Continue reading
Coach Jerry Tarkanian’s “Amoeba Defense” is an excellent option as a defensive changeup.
This is an aggressive zone defense that seeks to disrupt offensive flow and force turnovers.
Even a few possessions of something different can catch your opponent off-guard and change the momentum of the game.Continue reading
If you’re coaching against a team where two players do most of the scoring, it might be the perfect opportunity to implement the triangle and 2 defense.
The triangle and 2 defense is a “junk defense” that can give your team a unique option to stop an offense that revolves mostly around only two players.
Note: A ‘junk defense’ is a defense that combines man-to-man and zone principles together.Continue reading
A well-drilled team running a full-court press is exciting to watch and can be devastatingly effective against any opponent.
When your players are all on the same page and rotating as one unit, the press will give you many advantages that can turn a game in your favor.Continue reading
The 3-2 zone defense is a disruptive half-court zone that forces the opposition out of their regular offensive structure and set plays.The main reason for this is that the 3-2 zone hard denies the wings from the top of the key and forces the opposition to initiate offense with a skip pass to the corner […]Continue reading
How important is basketball defense to you?
If you go to the park or the gym, most of the time all you’ll see is players working on their offensive game. Rarely do you see players down in defensive stance entire possessions anticipating passes and offensive movement.
You see, basketball offense is fun. It’s ‘cool’.
It’s the crossovers and dunks that make spectators stand up from their seats and cheer and get players excited.
But it’s basketball defense that will have a bigger impact on the amount of success you have individually and as a team.
I challenge all coaches and players to place more importance on the defensive end of the floor in games and practices.Continue reading