Getting a center who is versatile, can handle the basketball and shoot from outside in the draft is pretty much a waste of time. Paul Gasol, Dirk, Darko, Bargnani, Bogut, Yao Minh, Iigauskas, and most international centers fits in the don't draft perimeter center category. None of these players and their predecessor have been overly effective for their teams except for Dirk. Even with him, the Mavericks had to wait almost thirteen years for him to come along. When a 6'10"-6'11" player is roaming around in the perimeter shooting jump shots, he is defendable by smallest more athletic big guards and small forwards. This in turn creates a major problem on defense because they have to guard smaller, quicker players. Their defensive liability outweighs their offensive outputs, thus rendering their presences on the court ineffective. If you are going to draft a perimeter player, pick a true perimeter player instead of somebody masquerading as a wing player only to take up space at the end of the bench and eat-up valuable salary cap.
June 10th, 2011
Reading the Defense and Responding, not Reacting
How many times have you heard a coach yell, "Read the defense before reacting." First things first, don't react to an action, respond. Human reacts when they are scared, however, they respond when calm and have an alternative. When a post player understands
the scoring options.....
May 6th, 2011
Why is the Sky Hook Shot difficult to Defense?
Many experts have offered their theories of why the sky hook shot is difficult to defend, however, none of them have really studied the shot exhaustively to offer meaningful explanation . I read and listened to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reasons on Youtube why the shot is difficult to defense without much conviction. Here is Kareem version of why it is almost impossible to shop the sky hook shot....
April 30th, 2011
Keeping the Center Relevant in the Game
Even though the game has changed over the years and more emphasis is now placed on perimeter play, post offense still remains the focal point of the game in the playoff when it counts the most. Teams that score the most points in the paint regardless end up winning because they shoot a better percentage. In the good old days post players lasted an average of 18 years in the league because they took their time playing by relying more on developed skills as compared to today's natural and physical abilities. In today's game where the centers want to play like a guard-forward, their life spans are reduced to a little more than 8 effective years because their body cannot physically handle the rigorous style of play. Post players will always be the focal point of the game of basketball. Teams that recognize this will go further in the playoffs, and center that stay true to the game will realize a better return for their effort. See my four new posting on Youtube headed by the spin move. These skills will go a long way to keep the post playre relevant in today's changing style of play.
The other three post skills are low post scoring options, shot fake, and pass fake moves.
I have written about scoring options on my Blog a number of times, and I keep coming back to it repeatedly because the scoring options are the most important part of a post player's game. Here is some very surprising information about the scoring options that will blow you mind away. Remember Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? He is a legend and the NBA's all-time leader in points scored. I studied his basketball career and found some very interesting results. Kareem used only two of the 14 scoring options, and one of 10 post offense moves to dominant the paint like no center before and after him. Can you imagine how effective a post player would be if he learned just half of the scoring options to go with 3 or 4 post moves? See Post Offense to learn more about the 14 scoring options and 10 post moves.
April 23th, 2011
Pivoting in the Post, a Poor Move.
I have watched tons of basketball games in all levels of competitions, and I still don't understand why post player pivot to face the defensive player when they get the ball in the pain area. I guess that is what they are taught at big-men camp. If you really think about it, this action does not give the post player any offensive advantage. When you look at this action closely, a post player has only two options; passing to a cutting teammate and shooting an ill-fated jump shot. More reasons why this action is poor are:
The post player is not quick enough most of the time to get by the defensive player.
The post player has poor basketball handling fundamentals, thus he cannot use the dribble to get by the defensive player.
The post player is a poor shooter, thus he can be guarded by a shorter player in the face up position.
Instead of getting into the face-up stance, the post player should get into the side, power position (inside shoulder pointing at the basket). This side power position offers the post player more options to dominate the defensive player. The post player can still locate a cutting teammate, has the dribble, and most important, he or she can use one of the 14 scoring options to dominate the paint. If you are having problems understanding what I am talking about, click side reverse dribble move You can also see the move on Youtube-clip.
If a post player has a habit of pivoting to face the defensive player, then he or she can use the Jab-step Move to get back to the side, power position. To see the mechanics visit, visit Jab-Step Move
April 22th, 2011
South Africa and Kenya Tours
I just returned from a very successful trip to Hawaii, South Africa and Kenya where we spoke to over 20,000 students. While there, we did three huge clinics and visited 18 schools with our basketball/ministry program. Check out the pictures at Gallery. To see past logs, visit blog archive.
Tip of the Week. How to Make a Shot Fake Effective
Don't assume that every time you fake a shot, a defensive player will buy into the fake. However, players react to any action under pressure. You want to make sure that your fake gives you an advantage to attack the basket. The first thing that you need to understand about a shot fake is positioning as in the position of the basketball and your body. Read move....
September 6th, 2010
How to Make a Shot Fake effective
Don't assume that every time you fake a shot, a defensive player will buy into the fake. However, players react to any action under pressure. You want to make sure that your fake gives you an advantage to attack the basket. The first thing that you need to understand about a shot fake is positioning as in the position of the basketball and your body.
Put the basketball above your outside shoulder for protection. This will force the defensive player to shift when reacting to the shot fake.
Assume a power position with your side to the defensive player after the shot-fake. This will allow you to get into a second shot fake if needed. From this position, you will only go through a 180-degree turn when attacking the basketball from either forward or reverse-step.
Shifting your off-foot through and facing the defensive player with your shoulders squared to the basketball will expose the basketball, and give you no advantage from the shot fake.
Shifting through and turning to face the defensive player with your shoulders squared to the basketball will not give you any advantage, In fact, it will expose the basketball to the defensive player, and if they defense does not react to the fake, you will be forced to spin back to the dead position. To be effective, you want to always have a counter action regardless of what the defensive player does. Assuming a side power position after the fake, and keeping the basketball above your outside shoulder will give you the critical counter-action or step.
Tip of the Week: Developing Good Footwork, Body Balance and Coordination.
If you are a post player and wants to develop your footwork, body balance, and coordination (hands, feet, and eyes), you have to use step and jump ropes. These abilities will allow you to stop under control and use either foot as pivot when working the defensive player. The abilities will also give you the mobility needed to successively operate in the paint. Check out Coach Odhiambo's mobility, pivoting, footwork, body balance, and coordination in his execution of The Jab-Step Move. Check back for step and jump rope drills.
August 9th, 2010
THE PLATEAU EFFECT
After two months of serious practice, I was not any closer to perfecting my skill of dribbling five basketballs than when I started. I was baffled because I felt like it took a shorter time to perfect dribbling four basketballs as compared to dribbling five basketballs. I kept practicing for another week, however, I decided to take some time off practice because I was not getting anywhere no matter how hard I practiced. During the time off practice, I tried to understand why I was struggling so much with this skill. Then, I remembered reading something about "hitting a plateau" during my weight-lifting days, however, I never experienced it first-hand. After researching the phenomenon in the Internet and library, I realized that I hit a plateau while working on perfect my five basketballs dribbling technique.
When you hit a plateau, you reach a certain point (threshold) where your body simply stops responding to practice; progress stagnates, levels off or even starts declining. For a while, you will not experience any positive progress no matter how hard you practice. My next task during the break was to find a way to overcome the plateau effect. I read more books on how to deal with and overcome the phenomenon, however, none gave me the answer I needed.
For the next two weeks, I agonized over the phenomenon and looked everywhere as I tried to find a solution to my problem. One afternoon, I decided to stay in the game by reading my practice journals that I kept since 1994. In the journals, I record how I felt after practice, my frustrations, milestones, injuries, and anything that affected my practice directly or indirectly. As I read the journals, I was very surprised to notice similar trends throughout four and five basketballs dribbling practices. Further reading revealed the most important finding; My practice progress stagnated just about the same time on both occasions.
Subconsciously, I continued practicing long enough to over come the plateau effect, and perfected dribbling four basketballs because of my sheer desire and determination to succeed at all cost. I also noticed that the plateau phase was followed by a major break-through in perfecting four basketballs dribbling technique. This was the affirmation I was looking for to fight through the stagnation, and keep practicing long enough to perfect five basketballs dribbling technique. This single findings motivated me to resume practice with renewed energy. For the first time, I understood the pains, hassles, and frustrations that one has to go through to succeed through practice. I also realized that I have to give every new or improved skill a chance to develop a character before deciding to keep or discard it.
I, just like many other athletes, unknowingly used Success Secret through Practice tips and strategies when I was learning to dribble four basketballs. Hitting a plateau while working on dribbling five basketballs, led me to uncover these tips and strategies. Suddenly, the tips and strategies that I used unknowingly made sense. Once I realized how powerful success secret tips and strategies were, I quickly implemented them in my daily workout. Since then, I am no longer afraid or get frustrated when facing new challenges because I not only know, I understand what it takes to success through practice.
In order to benefit from your daily practice, you must be well organized and make them meaningful. How does one go about doing that? First and far most, you must have a written schedule of your practice. Think of it as going shopping; it you don't have a shopping list, you will wonder around the store and end up spending more than you expected. Then when you come home, you realize that you forgot to get something important.
You will need to determine the right number of sets and repetitions for each skill to benefit from your practice. You will need to determine how many sets and repetitions you need to do for each drill to achieve perfection. Remember to keep The 2300 (perfection) Rule in mind. To learn more about how long it will take you to perfect a new or improve skills, click on The 2300 (perfection) Rule Here is all the help you need to determine your sets and repetitions for respective drills.
July 5th, 2010
Individual Post Scoring Options
Amazing individual post offensive skills that will transform just about any post player into an All-Star in just one summer. Coach Odhiambo has studied post offense for more than 20 years, and he has information that will blow your mind away. If you are a struggling post player who depends on the jump shot, dunk, and sometimes the ill-fated hook shot, don't waste any more time, click on Individual Post Offense Scoring Options to get started on learning the 14 dominating scoring options are guaranteed to help you become an All-Star next season.
February 22th, 2009
Success Secret through Practice
The secret to success through practice is out of the bag. If you are still failing in your quest to become a star athlete with this information out there, you simply don't want to succeed. Success Secret through Practice will give you all the information you need to succeed. Furthermore, this simple program does not tell you what to do, it shows you how to do what you choose to do better!
Since uncovering the secret to success through practice, I have shared them with many coaches and athletes. Those that have embraced the strategies have had success in their respective programs or sports.
The bottom line is, you must follow similar strategies outlined in Success Secret through Practice to succeed in your sports of interest. Remember, only those athletes who know what it takes to succeed through practice actually succeed. If you don't already know what it takes, please check out Success Secret through Practice. You will be glad you did because practice will take on a whole new meaning from here onwards.
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