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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. A member of the Armchair Media Network.

    Episode 113: Josh Longstaff, Installing A Defense

    Episode 113: Josh Longstaff, Installing A Defense

    Episode 113: Josh Longstaff, Installing A Defense

    Guest: Josh Longstaff, Milwaukee Bucks Assistant Coach




    Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Josh Longstaff joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss installing a defense. Coach Longstaff shares insights on defensive identity, defensive buckets, how they teach, how they use video, and a deeper discussion of their adjustments.




    Longstaff was previously the head coach of the Erie BayHawks, and an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks. Prior to joining the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2010, he spent five years as a high school coach – two seasons as the head coach at Gorham High School and three seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater of Portland High School




    Longstaff joined the New York Knicks after spending four seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was previously an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).




    He originally joined the Thunder as player personnel and video coordinator, then spent his final three seasons as video analyst and player development coach. He joined the Latvia national basketball team for the summer of 2017 so he could work with Kristaps Porziņģis during EuroBasket 2017. 




    In 2017, he was named the first head coach of the expansion Erie BayHawks, the Atlanta Hawks' NBA G League affiliate. After one season and leading the team to the conference finals, he was hired as assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks.




    Breakdown

    1:00 - Unique Things That Bay Hawks Culture brought from him

    3:00 - Defensive Identity

    5:00 - Process of Getting Defensive Identity

    7:00 - Keeping Players Accountable

    9:00 - Installing a Defense and Defensive Transition

    12:00 - Teaching a Closeout to NBA Players

    14:00 - The Simplicity about Defensive Install

    17:00 - Post Defense and Covering Pick and Rolls

    20:00 - Individual Defense and Defensive Schemes

    23:00 - Adjustments within the Practice

    25:00 - Small Ball on Defense

    27:30 - Personnel and Opponent's Personnel

    29:00 - Defense at NBA Level

    32:00 - Baseline Inbound Defense and Sideline

    36:00 - Informal Conversations about Basketball

    38:00 - Coaching Defense within Offense vs Defensive Play

    40:00 - Film

    42:00 - Best Practices in Terms of Getting Points Across

    44:00 - Install of a Defensive Game Plan

    46:00 - Walkthrough on Offense versus Defense

    49:00 - Intervention to a Specific Player and Adjustments

    52:00 - Conclusion




    Josh Longstaff’s Bio

    Bio: https://twitter.com/josh_longstaff

    Twitter: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Longstaff

      

    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




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    Episode 112: Darko Rajakovic, Installing An Offense

    Episode 112: Darko Rajakovic, Installing An Offense

    Episode 112: Darko Rajakovic, Installing An Offense

    Guest: Darko Rajakovic, Phoenix Suns Assistant Coach




    In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, Phoenix Suns assistant coach Darko Rajaković joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss installing an offense. Coach Rajaković shares insights on offensive identity, offensive buckets, how they teach, how they use video, and a deeper discussion of their auto offense.




    Rajaković is also an assistant coach for the Serbia men's national basketball team. He was the head coach of the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA G League for two seasons and the first head coach in NBA G League history born outside of North America.




    From 2004 to 2011, Rajaković served as a scouting consultant and NBA Summer League assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. In 2009, Rajaković become the head coach of the Espacio Torrelodones of the Spanish EBA League. Rajaković excelled in both recruiting and developing players. 




    In 2012, Rajaković became the head coach of the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League. Rajaković led Tulsa to a combined 51-49 record over two seasons, including a 27-23 record and NBA D-League Semifinals appearance in 2012–13.




    In 2014, Rajaković was named assistant coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder., where he remained until he joined Monty Williams staff as an assistant coach on the Phoenix Suns in 2019.




    Breakdown

    1:00 - Offensive Identity

    4:00 - Situation where players needs to slow down

    6:00 - Develop Confidence in Player's Shooting Ability

    8:00 - Assist per Game Goal

    10:00 - Roster Turnover

    13:00 - Identity

    15:00 - Office Buckets

    18:00 - Install

    22:00 - Make the Comfortable, Uncomfortable

    27:00 - Installing the Offense

    29:00 - Make Offense Auto

    32:00 - Installation into Implementation

    35:30 - Putting Best Player in a Better Situation

    37:00 - Players get more Freedom once they Understand Structure

    39:30 - One Play

    44:30 - Don't have to Waste Time on Unnecessary Parts

    47:30 - Predetermine Progressions are Predetermined breakdowns

    51:00 - Using Video to Teach

    55:00 - Effective Practical Strategy

    57:00 - Against Switching

    1:00:00 - Constraint Lead Approach

    1:01:30 - Process of Feedback

    1:03:00 - Conclusion




    Darko Rajakovic’s Bio

    Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darko_Rajakovi%C4%87

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/drajakovic

      

    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




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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 111: Mike Neighbors, Why?

    Episode 111: Mike Neighbors, Why?

    Episode 111: Mike Neighbors, Why?

    Guest: Mike Neighbors, Arkansas Women's Basketball Head Coach 




    In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, Arkansas women's basketball head coach Mike Neighbors joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss why. We dive deep into why he does what he does.




    Neighbors enters his third season at the helm of Arkansas, coming off of one of the best and most dynamic seasons in program history, as his 2018-19 Hogs became one of just four Razorback squads since the turn of the century to win at least 22 games.




    Known for his offensive philosophy, Neighbors’ 2018-19 squad broke several school records, including most points in a single season, a record that had stood at Arkansas since the 1981-82 season. The Hogs were also lethal from deep, as they made a school-record 296 three-pointers over the course of the season.




    Prior to Arkansas, Neighbors guided Washington to four seasons of unprecedented success, highlighted by the 2016 NCAA Final Four and two NCAA Sweet 16 appearances. Named the program’s head coach after two years as an assistant, Neighbors led the Huskies to a 98-41 record that was fueled by three consecutive 23-plus win seasons and included four postseason appearances (3 NCAA, 1 WNIT).







    Breakdown

    1:00 - Playing with Set Fastbreak Positions

    3:00 - Contrarian Thinker

    5:00 - Example of one of his Why's

    9:30 - It's Marketing

    12:00 - Using these colorful words

    15:00 - Live Ball Coaching

    19:30 - How he actually do Practice

    22:00 - Workload Management

    26:00 - Setting Team Goals

    35:00 - Why he Liked to be called Coach

    38:00 - Power

    42:30 - Rewarding Effort over Success

    47:30 - Organized and Rank Things

    53:00 - Talking about Defense

    56:00 - Full Court Pressure but Pack line in Half-Court

    1:00:00 - Differences of his Shoot-Around 

    1:05:00 - Supporting Analytics to what he is saying

    1:07:00 - Conclusion




    Mike Neighbor’s Bio

    Bio: https://twitter.com/coachneighbors

    Twitter: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Neighbors

      

    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




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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 110: Dustin Kerns, Actional Practice and Culture Building Ideas

    Episode 110: Dustin Kerns, Actional Practice and Culture Building Ideas

    Episode 110: Dustin Kerns, Actional Practice and Culture Building Ideas

    Guest: Dustin Kerns, Appalachian State Head Coach




    In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, Appalachian State head coach Dustin Kerns joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss actional practice and culture building ideas.




    In his first season at the helm of the Mountaineers, Kerns led App State to its best season in a decade. The Black and Gold posted its most wins (18) since 2009-10 and most Sun Belt wins (11) ever. Kern's 18 victories in his first season at App State were the most by a first year head coach for the Mountaineers since 1942. In addition, the Black and Gold posted a +7 win turnaround, which ranked as the third highest in the nation.




    Kerns came to Appalachian State from Presbyterian, where he served as head coach for two seasons. He inherited a Presbyterian program that had yet to achieve a winning record in 12 seasons at the Division I level and was coming off a five-win campaign in 2016-17. 




    He immediately led the Blue Hose to a six-win improvement in his first year before breaking through in 2018-19. Kerns guided the Blue Hose to their first winning record (20-16) and first postseason appearance (CIT) as a Division I program in just his second year on the job. Kerns guided the Blue Hose to their first winning record (20-16) and first postseason appearance (CIT) as a Division I program in just his second year on the job.




    A 2002 graduate of Clemson, Kerns climbed the coaching ranks on staff with Buzz Peterson at Tennessee, Mike Young at Wofford and Kerry Keating at Santa Clara.







    Breakdown

    1:00 - How to Flip Programs so Quick

    6:00 - Every Drill has 90 Minutes on the clock

    9:00 - Learn to Pace Themselves

    10:00 - Shorter, More Intense Practices

    12:00 - Things to do to bring out Competition

    17:00 - Difference between a Contested and Effective Shot

    20:00 - Positive Two

    23:30 - Player playing Outstanding Defense

    25:00 - Picking music in practice

    27:00 - Fun games they done on the road

    31:00 - Small Group Things

    36:00 - Practice Sessions

    37:30 - Lifting Around this season

    39:00 - Separate entities for players

    41:00 - Done in the Off-Season

    43:00 - Struck Pick-up in the Off-Season

    47:00 - Valuing Player's Time

    50:30 - Team Motto for this Year

    53:00 - Conclusion




    Dustin Kerns’s Bio

    Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dustin_Kerns

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/CoachDKerns

      

    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




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    Best in the West Website: http://bestinthewestclinic.com/

    • 53 min
    Episode 109: Joe Abunassar, NBA and Youth Player Development

    Episode 109: Joe Abunassar, NBA and Youth Player Development

    Episode 109: Joe Abunassar, NBA and Youth Player Development

    Guest: Joe Abunassar, One of the Industry Leaders in Player Development 




    In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, NBA trainer Joe Abunassar of Impact Basketball joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss basketball player development. He is one of the industry leaders in player development. 




    Abunassar is the founder of Impact. Impact now has 3 locations as well as programs running in over a dozen foreign countries - and growing. Over 130 NBA Draft picks in the last 9 years have come through Impact as well as hundreds more undrafted free agents who have gone on to become professionals. Impact is the summer training home for NBA All-Stars, collegiate and high school All-Americans, and international stars alike.




    Breakdown

    1:00 - Integrating Training

    3:30 - Things Aren't Doing Around Integrated Training

    7:00 - Simple associated with his Workout

    10:00 - Comfortable with the Ball and in Passing

    12:00 - Perfect Technique Starting from the Base Level

    14:30 - General Guidelines for Progressing Skill

    18:00 - Selfish Time for Players

    22:30 - Bets Practices for Active Recovery

    28:00 - NBA Off-Season

    32:00 - Advice for Young Athletes in Basketball

    36:00 - Philosophy on Warm-Ups

    40:00 - Static Stretching

    42:00 - Player Habits that are HIghly Changeable

    44:00 - Trusting the Data

    46:00 - Best Practices for Maintaining Strength in Season

    48:00 - Mental Skills within Workouts

    49:00 - Coping Teaching Strategies

    51:00 - Conclusion




    Joe Abunassar’s Bio

    Bio: https://impactbball.com/about-us/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/joe_abunassar

    Website: http://joeabunassar.com/

    IMPACT Basketball: https://impactbball.com/

      

    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




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    • 56 min
    Episode 108: John Patrick, Full and Half Court Defensive Concepts

    Episode 108: John Patrick, Full and Half Court Defensive Concepts

    Episode 108: John Patrick, Full and Half Court Defensive Concepts

    Guest: John Patrick, MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg and Basketball Bundesliga Head Coach




    In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, and Basketball Bundesliga, head coach John Patrick joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss full and half court defensive concepts. Coach Patrick is one of the few pro coaches who has used a pressing style of play in the full-court, and balances it with a more conservative half-court defense.




    In January 2013, Patrick was hired as head coach by struggling MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. Patrick guided the team to playoff berths in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. In the 2017-18 season, Patrick's Ludwigsburg team reached the semi-final stage of the Champions League, where they fell short to Monaco. He was presented with the Best Coach award for the 2017-18 Champions League season. In Bundesliga play, Patrick guided Ludwigsburg to a semifinal appearance, where his team lost to Alba Berlin in May 2018.




    Breakdown

    1:00 - Talking about Defense

    5:00 - High level of detail on Defense

    8:30 - Pressing

    13:00 - Importance of Character in his System

    17:00 - Movement oversized

    20:30 - Taking the Ball out of the Point Guard's Control

    23:30 - Denying the Point Guard

    25:30 - Aggressively Subbing Players

    27:30 - How Coaches Connecting to Half Court Defense

    29:30 - Emphasis on playing 1-on-1 defense and Adjust to Team roles

    33:00 - Defending Horns

    37:30 - Defensive Decision Making

    39:00 - Defending a Stagger Screen

    43:00 - Scouting Report

    46:00 - Adjusting to Rules in Half Court

    49:00 - Foul Component within Practice

    52:00 - Conclusion




    John Patrick’s Bio

    Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Patrick_(basketball)

      

    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




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    Best in the West Website: http://bestinthewestclinic.com/

    • 55 min

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