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Historical perspective:

Bob Knight Concepts

Excerpt from “The Coaching Toolbox

1.       The most effective offensive movement by far is the movement that takes place off a screen.

2.       Run your offense six to eight feet above the baseline.  That gives you a chance to cut both toward the ball and toward the basket.

3.       The primary responsibility of a coach is to teach players to see the game.

4.       A seat on the bench is the best motivator.

5.       The seven important points of the game are:

  • For offense:
    • Shot selection
    • Handling the ball without mistakes
    • Moving without the ball
    • Helping each other get open on offense.  
  • For defense:
    • Pressure on the ball
    • Taking away what the offense wants to do
    • Keeping track of ball location

6.       Other daily areas to cover are pressure in the passing lanes, help and recover, blockout, and post defense.

7.       Work on individual fundamental drills for 2 to 5 minutes and then change the drill.

8.       Work on a team aspect for a maximum of 10 minutes at a time.  If a particular team aspect needs 30 minutes in one practice, break it into 3 10 minute segments and have other segments between those 3.

9.       Your hands are a defensive weapon only if your feet put them in a position to be used effectively.

10.   We think it is essential to have a man in the high post area against man to man defense.

11.   Most players cut toward the basketball rather than away from the player guarding him.  The cutter must have his attention on getting away from the defender and not the basketball.

12.   The most important thing in attacking a zone is a shot fake.  The second most is the pass fake.

13.   In basketball, the mental is to the physical as four is to one.

14.   Everything we do involves two thoughts–simplicity and execution.

15.   We don’t expect just our post players to defend the post.  Everyone on the team must be able to defend the post.

Current perspective:

Archie Miller concepts:

Excerpt from “Wikiwand”:

Miller employs a structured transition offense intended to open up games, create foul trouble for opponents, and score before the defense can get set. His offensive approach has been called "one of the most complete transition offensive systems you will find." He frequently uses a "Phoenix fast break" with players pushing the ball off of rebounds and turnovers in a flexible system that can take on a variety of alignments. He will modify the Phoenix break based on personnel to accommodate five guards or two post players on the floor at once. If an opponent scores, Miller employs a "Carolina transition offense" to create scoring opportunities which flow right into a motion offense.

The identity of Miller’s teams are rooted in defense. He employs a "pack line defense," which is a variation of man-to-man defense. Instead of the off-ball defenders pressuring their player and denying the pass, everyone except the player guarding the ball must be inside an imaginary line 16 feet from the rim. At all times a defender pressures the player with the basketball, while the other four defenders play in gap/help positions. However, if the offensive player picks up the dribble, all players go out and deny looking for the steal. The pack line defense is intended to discourage penetration, getting inside the paint, and forces opponents to win with a well-executed offense and good outside shooting.

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