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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 • 62 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 227: Jim Larrañaga, Teaching Method, Flexibility, and 5 Out Offense

    Episode 227: Jim Larrañaga, Teaching Method, Flexibility, and 5 Out Offense

    Guest: Jim Larrañaga, University of Miami Head Coach

    University of Miami head coach Jim Larrañaga joins the Basketball Podcast to share insights on teaching methods, flexibility and 5-Out offense.

    At the University of Miami, head coach Jim Larrañaga has led the Hurricanes the NCAA tournament five times, while advancing to the Sweet 16 twice, and earning an Elite 8 appearance once. He has been named the Associated Press, Naismith, USBWA and Henry Iba National Coach of the Year, twice was both the ACC and USBWA District Coach of the Year and was the 2013 NABC District Coach of the Year.

    Larrañaga has posted three 25-win seasons at UM – the only Miami coach to do so – and five in his career. He also has recorded six 20-win campaigns at Miami and 12 in his career. In conference action, the Canes have won nine or more league games in six of nine seasons, while prior to Larrañaga’s arrival, Miami had never won more than eight ACC games in a season. Larrañaga has helped the Canes to 18 postseason victories, including four in the NCAA Tournament (three appearances), nine in the ACC Tournament (eight) and five in the NIT (two).


    Breakdown
    1:00 - Very Flexible Coach
    4:00 - Bowling Green Years
    6:00 - Value of Teaching
    8:00 - 5-Out Offense
    13:00 - Repetitions Using Constraints
    19:21 - 19:59 - JUST PLAY ADS
    20:00 - Constraints to Analytics
    27:00 - Rebounding
    31:00 - Freedom
    36:30 - SDSA BS
    41:00 - Ball Screen Success
    42:01 - 42:44 - DR. DISH ADS
    47:00 - Proactive Connection
    52:00 - Effective Ball Screen
    55:30 - Penetrating and Pitching
    57:00 - Creating Gaps
    1:00:30 - Game Preparation and Flexibility

    Jim Larranaga’s Bio:
    Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Larra%C3%B1aga (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Larra%C3%B1aga)

    Basketball Immersion
    Website:http://basketballimmersion.com/ ( http://basketballimmersion.com/)
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en ( https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en)
    YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion ( https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion)
    Facebook:https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion ( https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion)
    Immersion Videos:
    Check out all our all-access practice and specialty clinics: https://www.immersionvideos.com/ (https://www.immersionvideos.com)

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 226: Chase Buford, Building a Program Environment, Defense and Offense

    Episode 226: Chase Buford, Building a Program Environment, Defense and Offense

    Guest: Chase Buford, Sydney Kings Head Coach

    Sydney Kings head coach Chase Buford joins the Basketball Podcast to share insights on building a program through creating an effective environment, defense, and offense.

    Buford was hired as the head coach of the Sydney Kings of the NBL in June 2021. In May 2022 the Kings won the 2021-22 Australian NBL Championship. He played college basketball at Kansas, where he was a part of their 2008 NCAA Tournament-winning team. Buford has also been the head coach of the Wisconsin Herd of the NBA G League.

    Buford began his basketball career as a regional scout with the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA before being promoted to video intern. He went on to be the coordinator of player development for the Chicago Bulls from 2015 to 2017 before becoming an assistant for the Erie Bayhawks, the G League affiliate of the Hawks in 2017. He was named an assistant for the Delaware Blue Coats, the G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers in 2018

    Breakdown
    1:00 - Enriching Your Environment
    4:00 - Controlling Environment
    6:30 - Controlling Messaging
    8:00 - Shaping The Program
    13:30 - Square Stance
    14:48 - 15:41 - DR. DISH ADS
    17:00 - Scout
    23:30 - Ball Being Square
    27:00 - Measuring Defense
    29:00 - Measuring Offense
    32:00 - Flow Emphasis
    34:00 - Spacing and Counters
    35:03 - 35:41 - JUST PLAY ADS
    37:00 - Habits on Defense
    39:00 - Stopping Practice
    41:00 - Challenges
    43:00 - Kick Concept
    46:00 - Holding Accountable to NBA Players
    48:00 - Fred Holberg
    53:00 - Josh Longstaff
    56:00 - Familiarity

    Chase Buford’s Bio:
    Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chase_Buford (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chase_Buford)
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/chasebuford (https://twitter.com/chasebuford)

    Basketball Immersion
    Website:http://basketballimmersion.com/ ( http://basketballimmersion.com/)
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en ( https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en)
    YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion ( https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion)
    Facebook:https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion ( https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion)
    Immersion Videos:
    Check out all our all-access practice and specialty clinics: https://www.immersionvideos.com/ (https://www.immersionvideos.com/)

    • 59 min
    Episode 225: Popeye Jones, How To Teach A Routine To Become A Pro

    Episode 225: Popeye Jones, How To Teach A Routine To Become A Pro

    Guest: Popeye Jones, Denver Nuggets Assistant Coach

    Denver Nuggets assistant coach Popeye Jones joins the Basketball Podcast to share insights on how to teach a routine to become a pro.

    Popeye Jones was selected by the Houston Rockets in the second round (41st overall) of the 1992 NBA draft, but his rights were traded to the Dallas Mavericks. After playing professionally in Europe for a season, he played for the Mavericks for three seasons until being traded to the Toronto Raptors. Jones also played with the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards and Golden State Warriors.

    After spending 11 seasons in the NBA as a player, he pursued his career as a basketball coach. He started as a player development coach for the Dallas Mavericks. After three seasons (2007-10) as a player development coach, Jones got a real job as a coach with Brooklyn Nets.

    On August 14, 2013, he was hired as an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers. Jones worked with All-Stars like Roy Hibbert and Paul George and reached the Eastern Conference Finals his first two years with the team. On November 9, 2020, the Philadelphia 76ers hired Jones as an assistant coach under Doc Rivers. On August 23, 2021, the Denver Nuggets announced that they had hired Jones as assistant coach.

    Breakdown
    1:00 - Learnings From Hockey
    3:00 - Onboarding
    6:30 - Necessities in a Routine
    12:30 - Team Culture
    14:15 - 14:53 - JUST PLAY AD
    15:30 - Referring to Other Players
    17:30 - Rookie Moving From NCAA to NBA
    22:30 - Evaluating Process
    27:30 - Branding of Players
    30:00 - How to Motivate his Players
    32:45 - 33:28 - DR. DISH AD
    33:30 - Importance of Mentor
    36:00 - Shooting Routine
    38:30 - Modern Game
    41:00 - Dallas New Practice Facility
    44:30 - Financial Planning
    46:00 - Adding Value
    50:00 - Don Nelson
    54:00 - Leonard Hamilton
    55:00 - Doc Rivers

    Popeye Jones’ Bio:
    Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popeye_Jones (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popeye_Jones)
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/p0peyej0nes (https://twitter.com/p0peyej0nes)

    Basketball Immersion
    Website:http://basketballimmersion.com/ ( http://basketballimmersion.com/)
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en ( https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en)
    YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion ( https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion)
    Facebook:https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion ( https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion)
    Immersion Videos:
    Check out all our all-access practice and specialty clinics: https://www.immersionvideos.com/ (https://www.immersionvideos.com/)

    • 59 min
    Episode 224: Joseph Blair, Accountability, Compassion and A Community Based Approach

    Episode 224: Joseph Blair, Accountability, Compassion and A Community Based Approach

    Guest: Joseph Blair, Washington Wizards Assistant Coach

    Washington Wizards assistant coach Joseph Blair joins the Basketball Podcast to share insights on accountability, compassion and a community based approach.

    Joseph Blair has a tremendous basketball résumé, having played for over a decade in Europe and worked as an assistant coach in the NBA, college and G-League. His playing experience saw him play in the NBA, Euroleague and in many other countries and leagues. His coaching experience has led him to three stops with Philadelphia, Minnesota and Washington, and outside of the NBA, coaching in the G-League and in college basketball with Arizona.

    Perhaps what distinguishes Blair’s past from other NBA coaches is the unique experience he had during the late 1990s playing for the Harlem Globetrotters.

    Breakdown
    1:00 - First Game as a Head Coach
    4:00 - Playing Career
    6:00 - Coaching Perspective
    10:00 - Think Outside the Box
    13:00 - Compassion
    15:00 - Leadership and Accountability
    21:00 - Expanding Player's Role
    25:00 - Use of Video
    27:00 - Struggling Player
    32:00 - The Three E's
    36:00 - Meaning of Leadership
    39:00 - Psychological Safety
    43:00 - Community-Based Approach
    48:00 - Set Up
    52:00 - Expertise
    57:00 - Conclusion

    Joseph Blair’s Bio:
    Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Blair (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Blair)
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrJosephBlair (https://twitter.com/MrJosephBlair)

    Basketball Immersion
    Website:http://basketballimmersion.com/ ( http://basketballimmersion.com/)
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en ( https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en)
    YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion ( https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion)
    Facebook:https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion ( https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion)
    Immersion Videos:
    Check out all our all-access practice and specialty clinics: https://www.immersionvideos.com/ (https://www.immersionvideos.com/)

    • 1 hr
    Episode 223: Nick Friedman, NBA Role Players, and Advanced Offensive Concepts

    Episode 223: Nick Friedman, NBA Role Players, and Advanced Offensive Concepts

    Guest: Nick Friedman, Charlotte Hornets Assistant Coach

    Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Nick Friedman joins the Basketball Podcast to share insights on NBA role players and advanced offensive concepts.

    Friedman also currently serves as the Associate Head Coach of the Haitian Senior Men’s National Team. He received a promotion to assistant coach after spending the last two seasons with the Hornets as a Player Development Coach where he served in a hybrid role with both the Hornets and Greensboro Swarm’s coaching staff. He previously worked for three years as a coach in the G League with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Maine Red Claws and Northern Arizona Suns.

    Prior to his time in the NBA, he owned an NBA Pre Draft Training company titled “The Preparation” for 5 years before joining The Charlotte Hornets, working with 12 draft picks in those 5 years.

    Breakdown
    1:00 - Ego Adjustment
    3:00 - Mindset of a Role Player
    5:00 - Long-Term Career Success
    8:30 - Developing Passing
    10:37 - 11:16 - JUST PLAY AD
    12:00 - Making Decisions
    15:00 - Hitting The Pocket
    17:00 - Zoom
    19:30 - Player Directed
    21:00 - Neutral
    24:00 - Screening with Guards
    28:00 - Evaluating Rim Runners
    31:00 - Dunker Spot
    31:41 - 32:24 - DR. DISH AD
    34:00 - Cross Match Ups
    37:00 - Better Spacing Structure
    39:00 - Value of Role Player
    41:00 - Mentors


    Nick Friedman’s Bio:
    Bio: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholas-friedman-b09a31a2/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholas-friedman-b09a31a2/)
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bignickwilly (https://www.instagram.com/bignickwilly)

    Basketball Immersion
    Website:http://basketballimmersion.com/ ( http://basketballimmersion.com/)
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en ( https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en)
    YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion ( https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion)
    Facebook:https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion ( https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion)
    Immersion Videos:
    Check out all our all-access practice and specialty clinics: https://www.immersionvideos.com/ (https://www.immersionvideos.com/)

    • 45 min
    Episode 222: Casey Hill, Preparation For The Season and Building Responsibilities

    Episode 222: Casey Hill, Preparation For The Season and Building Responsibilities

    Guest: Casey Hill, New Orleans Pelicans Assistant Coach

    New Orleans Pelicans assistant coach Casey Hill joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss preparation for the season and building responsibilities.

    Casey Hill enters his third season with the New Orleans Pelicans after spending 2018-20 as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Prior to joining Doc Rivers’ staff, Hill spent the 2017-18 season as head coach of the Clippers’ NBA G League affiliate, the Agua Caliente Clippers, leading the team to a 23-27 record in its inaugural season. Hill joined the Clippers after four seasons as head coach of the Santa Cruz Warriors, G League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors, where he led the franchise to its first-ever G League title in 2014-15. Hill and his staff in Santa Cruz earned the 2013-14 NBA G League “Development Champion” award, an annual honor that recognizes the team that best embodies the league’s goals of developing NBA basketball talent via call-ups and assignments. Prior to joining Santa Cruz’s staff, Hill worked under his father, longtime NBA coach Bob Hill, with the Tokyo Apache, a professional team in Japan.

    Hill is a graduate of Trinity University (TX), where he was a member of the Tigers’ basketball team that advanced three times to the NCAA Division III Playoffs, including the 2004-05 Elite Eight, and captured two Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships from 2003-07.

    Breakdown
    1:00 - G-League Experiences
    4:00 - Filling his Cup
    6:00 - Non-Basketball Books
    8:30 - Handbook Concept
    11:00 - Concept of Player Matters
    14:00 - Job Preservation
    16:54 - 17:37 - DR. DISH ADS
    17:00 - Simplicity
    20:00 - Staff Retreat Concept
    22:00 - Non-Negotiables
    24:00 - Retreat
    28:00 - Video and Postgame
    32:00 - Analytics Perspective
    36:00 - Discuss, Argue, and Align
    38:34 - 39:12 - JUST PLAY ADS
    42:00 - Tactical Stuff
    44:00 - Video Group Session
    47:00 - Scouting
    54:30 - Finding the Balance
    58:00 - Conclusion

    Casey Hill’s Bio:
    Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casey_Hill (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casey_Hil)

    Basketball Immersion
    Website:http://basketballimmersion.com/ ( http://basketballimmersion.com/)
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en ( https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en)
    YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion ( https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion)
    Facebook:https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion ( https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion)
    Immersion Videos:
    Check out all our all-access practice and specialty clinics: https://www.immersionvideos.com/ (https://www.immersionvideos.com/)

    • 1 hr 1 min

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62 Ratings

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