200 episodes

This is the podcast where you will hear real basketball coaching conversations. Whether you are a new or experienced coach at any level of basketball these coaching conversations will give you practical ideas to stimulate your coaching and make what you do even better.

The Basketball Podcast Chris Oliver

    • Sports
    • 4.8 • 66 Ratings

This is the podcast where you will hear real basketball coaching conversations. Whether you are a new or experienced coach at any level of basketball these coaching conversations will give you practical ideas to stimulate your coaching and make what you do even better.

    Episode 316: Joe Crispin, Cultivating Creativity and Adaptability in Basketball

    Episode 316: Joe Crispin, Cultivating Creativity and Adaptability in Basketball

    Guest: Joe Crispin, Penn State Assistant Coach
    Penn State assistant coach Joe Crispin joins the Basketball Podcast to share his philosophy on cultivating creativity and adaptability in basketball.

    One of Penn State’s all-time great players and longtime professional athlete, Joe Crispin is an Assistant to the Head Coach at Penn State. Crispin last appeared on Episode 247 and his Immersion Videos product All Access Practice with Joe Crispin has become a best seller as coaches learn about his play based philosophy from raw and real practices.

    Crispin spent the last seven seasons as the head men’s basketball coach at Rowan University where he guided the Profs to a 114-54 record, three NCAA Tournament appearances, two conference titles and the 2023 Sweet 16. He collected the fourth-most wins by a head coach in school history through his seven years on the sideline.

    Crispin engineered one of the most prolific offenses in the country at Rowan, as the Profs averaged more than 80 points per game in each of his final six seasons including 90+ points per game in each of the last two years.

    A longtime professional player, Crispin joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 2001 as a free agent and enjoyed a highly successful career in Europe for more than a decade.

    Breakdown
    1:00 - Introduction
    2:00 - Practice to Games
    5:00 - Experiential
    7:00 - Youth Basketball Development
    11:30 - Higher Level Coaches
    16:00 - Problem Solving
    21:00 - Asking Questions
    24:30 - Creating Solutions
    27:00 - Freedom and Structure
    30:00 - Organization Drills
    34:00 - Stop and Listen
    39:00 - Structure
    43:00 - Run The Pattern
    46:00 - Struggling with Flow
    51:00 - Adaptability
    56:00 - Working on the Game
    59:00 - Take Away Decisions
    1:02:00 - Creating Opportunities

    Joe Crispin’s Bio:
    Bio/Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Crispin
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/joecrispin

    Basketball Immersion
    Website: http://basketballimmersion.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion

    Immersion Videos:
    Check out all our all-access practice and specialty clinics: https://www.immersionvideos.com

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 315: Kevin Mulcahy, Constraints Led Coaching

    Episode 315: Kevin Mulcahy, Constraints Led Coaching

    Guest: Kevin Mulcahy, Sports Practice Design Specialist
    Sports practice design specialist Kevin Mulcahy joins the Basketball Podcast to share insights on representative practice using a constraints-led approach.

    Kevin is an experienced sports and conditioning coach who has worked with sports teams, athletes, professionals, and clubs across three continents for over 30 years. He is the owner-operator of the Design the Game Project, a platform that shares coaching insights and research with a progressive and learning-led audience.

    Design the Game promotes a Constraints Led Approach to Motor Learning and coaching. Kevin has studied on and off the field how humans learn to move and learn skills for well over 20 years.
    Through the Design the Game brand has run several mini online courses around motor learning, decision making in sport and practice design. Kevin also runs TMC Performance, a sports and conditioning, personal training business that caters to the overall health and lifestyle of his clients from athletes to busy professionals through a strength and conditioning for life and sport mindset and programming approach.

    Kevin has a strong educational background in coaching science, with a BSc in Strength and Conditioning from Setanta College, a certificate in Nutritional Science and Coaching from Precision Nutrition, and a certificate in The Neuroscience of Decision Making from Barcelona FC

    Breakdown
    1:00 - Constraint Led Approach
    7:00 - Manipulating Task Constraint
    11:30 - Elicit Skill
    16:00 - Technique Development
    26:00 - Poet's Practice
    34:00 - Feedback with Action
    40:00 - Early in Learning
    49:00 - History
    52:00 - Playing Unstructured
    59:00 - Affordances
    1:03:30 - The Three Things
    1:07:00 - Basketball Drills
    1:12:00 - Free Throw
    1:14:00 - Conclusion

    Kevin Mulcahy’s Bio:
    Bio/Website: https://kevinmulcahy.substack.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/movementcoachkm

    Basketball Immersion
    Website: http://basketballimmersion.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion

    Immersion Videos:
    Check out all our all-access practice and specialty clinics: https://www.immersionvideos.com

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 314: Tanisha Wright, WNBA Culture and Coaching

    Episode 314: Tanisha Wright, WNBA Culture and Coaching

    Guest: Tanisha Wright, Atlanta Dream Head Coach
    In this week’s coaching conversation, Atlanta Dream head coach Tanisha Wright joined the Basketball Podcast to share insights of WNBA culture and coaching.

    Tanisha Wright joined the Atlanta Dream prior to the 2022 WNBA Season and led the franchise to its most wins in a season (14) since 2018. Her breakout first year as a head coach with the Dream also earned her the Associated Press Coach of the Year award and a second-place finish in WNBA Kia Coach of the Year voting.

    As head coach, Wright is responsible for fostering the growth of the Dream’s players and establishing a culture of integrity and accountability. She brings 14 years of WNBA experience as a player and 2 more seasons as an assistant coach with the Las Vegas Aces.

    A first-round draft pick in 2005, Wright spent 10 seasons as a guard with the Seattle Storm, where she helped lead the team to nine straight playoff appearances and a WNBA Championship in 2010. She played another four seasons with the New York Liberty and Minnesota Lynx before retiring as a player in 2019.

    While still playing in the league, Wright began her coaching career in 2017 as an assistant with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 49ers. In 2020, the Aces signed her as an assistant coach, where she worked closely with industry leader Bill Laimbeer.

    Prior to joining the WNBA, Wright was a three-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-American at Penn State.

    Breakdown
    1:00 - Vision of Coaching
    3:30 - Huge Impact
    5:00 - Building Culture
    8:30 - Player Accountability
    12:00 - Unstoppable Moves
    13:30 - Analytics
    17:00 - Player Development Coach
    19:00 - Game Reps
    20:30 - Traditional Practices
    23:30 - Different Type of Realities
    25:30 - Adjustments
    27:30 - Special Projects
    28:30 - Playing Conceptually
    31:00 - Evolving Landscape
    34:30 - Development League
    38:00 - Value of Mentor
    40:30 - Off Season
    42:00 - Small Jobs

    Tanisha Wright’s Bio:
    Bio/Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanisha_Wright
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/coachtwright_

    Basketball Immersion
    Website: http://basketballimmersion.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion

    Immersion Videos:
    Check out all our all-access practice and specialty clinics: https://www.immersionvideos.com

    • 44 min
    Episode 313: Curt Miller, WNBA Coaching, Mastering the Monotony, and Point of Attack Concepts

    Episode 313: Curt Miller, WNBA Coaching, Mastering the Monotony, and Point of Attack Concepts

    Guest: Curt Miller, LA Sparks Head Coach
    LA Sparks head coach Curt Miller joins the Basketball Podcast to share insights on WNBA coaching, mastering the monotony, and point-of-attack concepts.

    Los Angeles Sparks Head Coach Curt Miller made history on August 6th against the Washington Mystics winning his 150th WNBA game as a head coach. His latest career milestone places him in elite company. Miller, Lin Dunn, and Van Chancellor now stand alone as the only head coaches to have won at least 275 collegiate games and 150 WNBA games. Miller is the fifth fastest to 150 WNBA wins.

    Before coaching the Sparks, Miller served as the Head Coach of the Connecticut Sun where he was named the WNBA Coach of the Year in 2017 and 2021. Miller led the Sun to two WNBA Finals appearances in 2019 and 2022 and six playoff appearances in seven seasons. Miller also coached at Bowling Green State University (2001-12) and Indiana University (2012-14). In his tenure as a college coach, he won over 290 collegiate games.

    Breakdown
    1:00 - Involvement with USA Basketball
    5:30 - Unique Places in History
    8:30 - Love of Teaching
    11:00 - Scout Heavy Philosophy
    13:00 - Monotony
    17:00 - Collaborative Process
    19:00 - Transactional Nature
    21:00 - Significant Developments
    26:00 - Qualitative Elements
    28:00 - Ball Screen 
    33:00 - Switching
    35:00 - Ghost Slip Set Decision
    38:00 - Point of Attack
    41:30 - Humility
    43:30 - Conclusion

    Curt MIller’s Bio:
    Bio/Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curt_Miller
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/CurtMillerWBB

    Basketball Immersion
    Website: http://basketballimmersion.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion

    Immersion Videos:
    Check out all our all-access practice and specialty clinics: https://www.immersionvideos.com

    • 45 min
    Episode 312: Dylan Murphy, NBA Coaching Analytics

    Episode 312: Dylan Murphy, NBA Coaching Analytics

    Guest: Dylan Murphy, G League Head Coach
    In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, G League head coach Dylan Murphy joins the Basketball Podcast to share insights on coaching analytics.

    Dylan Murphy is the head coach of the Osceola Magic, the NBA G League affiliate of the Orlando Magic.

    Dylan Murphy has been associated with the Orlando Magic for the past five seasons. His journey began as a basketball operations analyst from 2018 to 2020, where he provided valuable analytics support to the coaching staff. Subsequently, he was promoted to assistant coach in 2020 and has continued in that role for the last three seasons.

    Prior to joining the Magic, Murphy served as an NBA G League scout for the Atlanta Hawks during the 2016-17 season. His responsibilities included identifying potential call-up candidates for the Hawks’ NBA roster.

    From 2013 to 2016, Murphy worked as an assistant coach for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the NBA G League team for the Indiana Pacers. In the 2013-14 season, the Mad Ants clinched the G League championship with an impressive regular-season record of 34-16 and a perfect 6-0 playoff run. They followed it up with another trip to the G League Finals in the 2014-15 season.

    Murphy also served as a graduate assistant with the men’s basketball team at Ball State University in 2018.

    One of Murphy's most notable contributions to the coaching community is the creation of the Basketball Dictionary. This comprehensive resource serves as a compendium of basketball terminology, concepts, and strategies, providing coaches at all levels with a valuable tool for enhancing their understanding of the game.

    Breakdown
    1:00 - Introduction
    4:00 - Understanding Analytics
    8:00 - Analytics and Basketball Experiences
    11:30 - Optimizing Offensive Tempo
    13:30 - Super Slow
    15:30 - Efficiencies vs Types of Defenses
    19:00 - Attacking a Switch
    20:30 - Double Teaming a Star Player
    25:00 - Offensive Rebounding
    28:00 - Decision Making
    31:00 - Interpreting the Data
    35:30 - Teaching Points
    37:30 - Decision Making Defensively
    41:00 - Trends in Basketball Analytics
    42:00 - Ideas Into Action

    Dylan Murphy’s Bio:
    Bio/Website: https://gleague.nba.com/news/osceola-magic-name-dylan-murphy-head-coach


    Basketball Immersion
    Website: http://basketballimmersion.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion

    Immersion Videos:
    Check out all our all-access practice and specialty clinics: https://www.immersionvideos.com

    • 44 min
    Episode 311: Bill Dettering and Mike Murphy, Hoopsalytics Unleashed

    Episode 311: Bill Dettering and Mike Murphy, Hoopsalytics Unleashed

    Guest: Bill Dettering and Mike Murphy, Hoopsalytics Founders
    In this week's coaching conversation, Hoopsalytics founders Bill Dettering and Mike Murphy join the Basketball Podcast to share insights on Basketball Stats and Analytics Systems Designed for Coaches.

    Bill Dettering developed and conceived Hoopsalytics with co-founder Mike Murphy. Hoopsalytics brings the most powerful analytics to teams of all levels. It is a Next Generation Basketball Stats and Analytics System Designed by Coaches, for Coaches.
    Bill Dettering is currently the Girls Varsity Coach at Truckee High School, and is in his 12th season as a basketball coach at various levels. He played college basketball at Swarthmore College. He is a lifelong software designer and entrepreneur, previously founding Zingtree and has started and run six companies - all powered by data-driven decision making.

    Mike Murphy is the current Head Coach of the freshmen/sophomore basketball team at Urban High School in San Francisco. He played college basketball at UNC-Greensboro and Catholic University.

    Bill and Mike met as they played together in a San Francisco area men's leagues, which led to them connecting and building Hoopsalytics together. 


    Breakdown
    1:00 - Affordable Things
    4:00 - Evaluating Defensive Performance
    7:30 - Evaluating 5 Player Lineups
    11:00 - Tracking Player Moves
    14:00 - Why Paint Touches is Subjective
    15:30 - Evaluating Sets and Actions
    18:30 - Lineup Analysis
    20:00 - Shot Tracking
    26:00 - Work in Practice
    28:00 - Game Decisions
    30:00 - Value of Three Point Miss
    33:00 - Turnovers
    34:00 - Nerd Ball
    38:00 - Data
    41:00 - Hoopsalytics

    Bill Dettering and Mike Murphy’s Bio:
    Bill Dettering
    Bio/Website: https://hoopsalytics.com/about.php
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BDettering

    Mike Murphy
    Bio/Website: https://hoopsalytics.com/about.php
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/CoachMikeMurphy

    Basketball Immersion
    Website: http://basketballimmersion.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion

    Immersion Videos:
    Check out all our all-access practice and specialty clinics: https://www.immersionvideos.com

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

CoachW1lls ,

Best basketball podcast!!

My go to podcast for the morning drive to work and my afternoon drive home. So informative with so many different strands of topics within the basketball universe. Definitely worth listening to from front to back!!! Must recommend!!

23TP81 ,

A Coaches Must

Knowing where Coach Oliver’s come from to where he is today is a testament to his ability to continually rethink the game. He continually challenges norms and makes coaches at every level think outside the box. He now brings us some of the most brilliant coaches in the world and gives coaches like me a glimpse inside the way they think. Every coach must give his podcast a listen. I’m hooked!

heu55 ,

Share the game!

This podcast always stimulates my learning and urges me to think outside the box. It’s never too late to change your coaching philosophies or add concepts that will help your players. The various coaches on this podcast will take your coaching to the next level. Figure it out!

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