Oklahoma City Thunder “Backdoor SLOB”

Scott Brooks. When I say that name alot of fans/NBA followers usually associate him with not running any offense and being an overrated coach. Well, as of lately (especially after the trades) he has improved his half court offense and sets that he uses for the talent he has. Kevin Durant hasnt been healthy this season, but when he has Brooks has some new sets for one of the best players in the league. Here he runs a nice backdoor set for KD. Enjoy!


Pete Carril: 25 Little Things to Remember

25 Little Things to Remember
Pete Carril – Princeton University


  1. Every little thing counts. If it doesn’t, why do it?
  2. When closely guarded don’t go to the ball, go backdoor
  3. Whenever you cut, look for a return pass
  4. When you commit to a cut don’t stop
  5. Bad shooters are always open
  6. On offense, move the defense
  7. Pressure the ball so the offense is disrupted
  8. If the 5 man guards your 3 man look to throw crosscourt passes
  9. Watch the man in front of you. He shows you what to do.
  10. Keep you dribble. Dribble for something useful
  11. A pass is not a pass when it is made after you’ve tried to do anything else
  12. A good player knows what he is good at. He also knows what heis not good at and only does the former.
  13. You want t be god at those things that happen a lot
  14. When the legs go, the heart and the head follow quickly behind
  15. Defense involves three things: Courage, Energy, Intelligence
  16. If your teammate does not pass the ball to you when you’re open and he doesn’t say anything then he didn’t see you. If he says “I’m sorry”, he saw you but didn’t want to pass
  17. In trying to learn to do a specific thing, the specific thing is what you must practice.
  18. Whatever you are doing is the most important thing you are doing while you are doing it.
  19. Anyone can be average
  20. Being punctual is good in itself. However, what is more important is that your punctuality tells your teammates what you think of them.
  21.  Hardly any players play to lose. Only a few play to win.
  22. I like passers they can see everything
  23. The way you think affects what you see and do
  24. Rarely does a person who competes with his head as well as his body come out second.The ability to rebound is in inverse proportion to the distance your house is from the nearest railroad tracks.

2012 Roy Williams UNC Coaching Clinic Notes

2012 UNC Coaching Clinic




Strength and Conditioning – Jonas Saharatian

(Summer 2012 Workouts)

9/11:Running hills 14 hills-60 yds. @ 30 degree incline. Guys have 14 seconds to run up the hill, then walk back down.

9/13:30 second lane slides

Backboard Touch–shuffle under rim–Jump and Backboard touch again


Resistance Band:Start on baseline and run to FT line and touch, and back pedal



Zig Zag drill – 30 seconds Full Length of Court

90 second run around the Court at 80% speed

2 minute Break

5 sets of 33’s (Run down and back 3times in 33 seconds, keep in mind College court is 94 feet.)

9/21:Sand Workout @ Volleyball courts. *All drills can be done in the gym, because most do not have sand pits at their convenience

3 sets of 5 standing long jump in sang, on last jump explode and run 10 yards

W-Drill: Run and Backpedal

Run around each cone with sharp cuts

Lateral shuffle through cones.

Jump Series: 20 seconds of work /40 seconds of rest

Split Jumps

Zig Zag Hops

Linear Shuffle Jump (Legs make scissor action, move sideways) Tuck Jumps

Hula Hoop:Use 3 off set Hula Hoops and Run Figure 8’s

Do same thing, but have someone in Pursuit trying to Tag

(This makes the drill more fun and competitive for the guys) Sand Suicides

9/24:Ladder Work – Working on Strides

9 sets of 33’s. Coach Saharation keep tally of how many each players finishes above/below 33 seconds


9/26:Temple Runs Outside on Football Field

Run 110 meters

Run 4 sets of 100yds. Goal = Guards in 16 sec, Post in 17 sec. Rest 25 sec between while walking

Run 5 sets of 200yds. Goal = Guards in 34 sec, Post in 36 sec. Rest 50 sec between while walking

Run 4 sets of 100yds. Goal = Guards in 16 sec, Post in 17 sec. Rest 25 sec between while walking.

9/28:10 sets of 33’s. Again keep tally of who is able to get finished in time.

10/1:Rope Battle (30 sec. work, 30 sec. rest)

Power Max Mat Drill – Alternating Linear Shuffle Twist

  1. Bands-  Lateral Shuffle to the left for 30 seconds

Run from baseline to each elbow and back for 30 seconds

Lateral Shuffle to the right for 30 seconds

Ride stationary bike for 30 seconds in a High Gear keeping the RPM’s above 120


Split up teams into groups of 3 or 4. Each player has to tag the next before they begin. Once the entire group has run the 11’s, they can then begin the 22’s,etc.

10/3:12 x 33’s (AKA Tough Test)


An 11 is players running down and back in 11 seconds, etc.


He mentioned that Pre-Season conditioning is limited to only your imagination. He does stuff with very low cost materials. Cones, Hula Hoops, Ropes, Jump Ropes, Running ladder,etc.


Coach Holladay-Post Player Development


-FavoritecMove, then Secondary Move. (Always have a counter move)

-Jump Hook, Turn-Face Up Jump Shot

-Ball Fake ->Drop Step. Keep Shoulders Parallel to the basket

-Step Out Shots (Tyler Hansborough would make 200/day in an hour)

-Face Up, 1 Dribble->Attack the basket.

-Secondary Break Jumpers (Snap the wrist)


For drill purposes-Don’t throw the ball to hand-throw a direct bounce pass to the person belly button. Be sure to Seal w/ Elbows wide and butt low. (Make Post players work, shuffle to their spots).


Post Defense=If the offensive person is not a good scorer, no need to front the post. Raised Arms doesn’t equal foul.

Wall & Box out. On Wall-Lean back not over b/c the result will be a foul.


Hubert Davis–Perimeter Workout

Key: Create Separation


1.  Pin down – 6 shots

2.  Left hand layup

3.  Power Dribble Pull-Up Jumper

4.  Catch and Shoot (Find the sweet spot)

5.  Pump Fake-Jumper

6.  3 pointers

7.  1 dribble pull up away from stunting defender (Shoot the Gap)


Getting to the Corner

1.  Plant, Create Space, Power Dribble, Dunk/Layup

2.  Plant, Fade, Power Dribble, Floater (1 foot or 2 feet –disallows the charge)

3.  Plant, Fade, 1 dribble Pull Up Jumper

4.  Catch and Shoot

5.  3 Pointers

6.  Plant, Create Space, Power Dribble, Pump Fake, Jumper


*Extreme Push off with legs to create space

*Every Guard needs to have a floater as a part of his offensive game.

1 on 1 Moves:Always catch in Triple Threat and Rip Through Low and Strong

1.  Face Up, Rip Through, Lay Up (Left and Right Side)

2.  2 Dribble Pull-Up

3.  1 Dribble Pull-Up

4.  2 Dribble Pump Fake

5.  Step through off Pump Fake

6.  Step Back (Come into, Step Back)

7.  Cross-Over, Step Back Jumper

8.  Floaters(1 foot,2 feet – Better for avoiding the Charge)


Coach Robinson–Defense


Handling Screens–Bigs hedge, Guards fight over the top

-UNC wants their bigs to make guards change directions

-UNC likes to split up to teach defense in Group Work


Basic Shell concepts

1 pass away=Deny

2 pass away =Help Side

Everyone moves on “Flight of the ball” Retreat on the Direction of the Pass

Wants players to TALK (“Ball”,“Deny”,“Help”) Stay in Low Defensive Stance , don’t stand up




Mostly talked about his secondary break and options they read off of that. Then took time for Q&A.


Understand how to coach your team– Calm & Teach or Wacko & Push

“Better you are, more you can push them”

“Less confidence in your team, more you need to be calm and coach” “Teach freshmen how to play when they’re freshmen”

“Do what is best for the program, not for just now, long term plans” “Weak leader is one who treats everyone the same”

Has 1 on 1 meeting to discuss individual game.

After 1st scrimmage talks about how if you want to play more then do this… To play less….do this….


On The Break-If you can get ahead/pitch ahead then do it. If not, guard needs to cross sides of the floor.

Screen in transition is Hard to Guard/In backcourt.


“Have to coach players individually more so than as a Whole Team”

Heat Defending Spurs STS With X-Action

The Spurs use Screen the Screener action in transition quite often, and it works really well. Here are some examples:

The way the Heat defended this action is by using the X-Out defensive tactic. Here is how they defended it in Game 1:

The Spurs start the action with Kawhi Leonard setting the inital screen on Duncan & Wade guarding the weak side Ginobili.



With the X-Action, Wade will switch off onto Leanord, and LeBron will swap onto Ginobili, I LOVE this defensive action.

This creates a false passing lane for a skip pass that LeBron can have a lane to run through for a steal.



The Spurs only ran this action twice, maybe because the Heat defended it so well.

Here Kawhi starts the STS with another screen on Duncan.





When the Heat X-Out again on this play, Wade is actually really late to recover on Kawhi leaving him open.



Although Kawhi doesn’t take advantage of this mistake and actually goes into the help and Wade strips him for a LeBron dunk.



Hope you enjoyed this breakdown if you have any requests please let me know @HalfCourtHoops!

Coach Pyper

Manu Ginobili Pick N’ Roll Attacking 2014 NBA Playoffs

Manu Ginobili is an elite playmaker and scorer out of the Pick and Roll/Ballscreen action. Here we break down how he reads the defense and scores or creates for his teammates.

Full Video:

Lets look at how he attacks the rim and gets the defender on their heels by the use of misdirection. Below is the video of Manu utilizing misdirection before he attacks the Ballscreen. My favorite ones are when Reggie Jackson (who I believe is a good on ball defender) is guarding Manu and he leans left and drives right for a layup with ease.

One of the moves Manu employs is called a “Load Step.” I recently learned about this move through a breakdown that John Leonzo (@John_Leonzo) created a video on his YouTube page. I recommend you check out his YouTube page he has great videos that have helped me as a coach!. Here is his video on the “Load Step.”


Here is Manu taking his Load Step to attack:


One of the key messages of the next video is DON’T GO UNDER THE BALLSCREEN GUARDING MANU. He is so lethal at shooting when his defender goes under the ballscreen. Dallas tried to switch, but failed because of Manu’s attacking ability the big had to play too far off.


Manu’s passing ability and creation out of the Pick and Roll is probably made easier with all of the shooting surrounding him on the Spurs roster. My favorite passes from Manu are below:


Hope you guys enjoyed this breakdown of Manu and his Pick and Roll attacking. If you have any video requests please let me know @HalfCourtHoops!