Great coaching improves and adds dimension to any player’s game. NBA Coaches Playbook combines tips and strategies from some of the NBA’s top coaches: Phil Jackson, Mike D’Antoni, Mike Dunleavy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and many others so you can use their knowledge to help your own players and team improve and achieve greater success on the court.
The Phoenix Suns’ Steve Nash shines in running the break, but how do his teammates know where to go to get open to receive his passes? Orlando’s Dwight Howard is a tremendous talent in the post, but how has he improved and added new dimensions to his game? And how is it that Utah’s Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer run the screen-and-roll as smoothly as Jazz legends John Stockton and Karl Malone did years before?
Coaching. Yes, even in a league loaded with superior athletic talent, the teaching, tactical maneuvers, and strategies provided by NBA coaches are second to none. And as younger, sometimes less mature and less experienced players from all over the world have entered the league, those coaching skills are more diverse and better honed than ever before.
Now NBA Coaches Playbook takes you into the practice sessions and sideline huddles with detailed Xs and Os and more from the game’s best at maximizing performance on the court. Let the likes of Phil Jackson, Mike D’Antoni, Avery Johnson, Stan Van Gundy, George Karl, Eddie Jordan, Mike Dunleavy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and many other head and assistant coaches provide you with new insights to benefit your own team and individual players.
Part I: Individual Offense
Chapter 1. Shooting Techniques
Chapter 2. Perimeter Moves
Stan Van Gundy
Chapter 3. Post Moves
Chapter 4. Screens and Screen Plays
Part II: Team Offense
Chapter 5. Attacking Offense
Chapter 6. Triangle Offense
Phil Jackson and Tex Winter
Chapter 7. Princeton Offense
Eddie Jordan and Pete Carril
Chapter 8. Flex Offense
Part III: Fast Break
Chapter 9. Fast-Break Principles
George Karl and Doug Moe
Chapter 10. Primary and Secondary Breaks
Mike D’Antoni, Alvin Gentry, and Marc Iavaroni
Part IV: Special Plays
Chapter 11. High-Percentage Plays
Chapter 12. Out-of-Bounds Plays
Chapter 13. Last-Second Scoring Plays
Part V: Individual and Team Defense
Chapter 14. On-the-Ball Pressure
Chapter 15. Full-Court Pressure
Chapter 16. Defensive Strategies
Part VI: Coaching Essentials
Chapter 17. Productive Practices
Chapter 18. Game Preparation
Mike Dunleavy and Jim Eyen
Chapter 19. Player Development
Chapter 20. Player and Coach Motivation
Scott Skiles and John Bach
Chapter 21. Modern Conditioning Methods
Founded in 1976, the National Basketball Coaches Association membership is a who's who in coaching: Every coach in the league is a member. Through the Celtics-Lakers rivalry in the 1980s, the 1992 Team USA Dream Team, and the unparalleled skill and marketing power of Michael Jordan through the 1990s, the National Basketball Association has become the world's most famous sports league over the past 25 years. Its coaches represent the top instructors and game technicians in the sport. They have mastered not only how to coach the world's top athletes but how to strategize and scheme against other world-class athletes and coaches as well.
Giorgio Gandolfi is editor in chief of FIBA Assist magazine, the primary magazine of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). Gandolfi has served as a European consultant for the NBCA and has been a member of the Italian Basketball Federation Coaches Association since 1974. He has authored one book with the NBCA (NBA Coaches Handbook) and two editions of the book with the National Basketball Players Association (Hoops: The Official National Basketball Players Association Guide to Playing Basketball).
"NBA Coaches Playbook is exceptional! It covers every facet of basketball, from individual and team drills to strategy and coaching philosophy. I recommend it to basketball coaches at all levels."
Steve Smith Head Basketball Coach, Oak Hill Academy
"The basketball knowledge and experience available in this book are outstanding! You'll use this fundamental basketball information throughout the season, year after year."
Van Chancellor Women's Basketball Head Coach, Louisiana State University
"Technical instruction, practice tips, drills, offensive attacks, special plays, and defensive tactics, all from great basketball minds that know what does and doesn't work. NBA Coaches' Playbook is a must-have in any serious coach's library."
Rick Pitino Men's Basketball Head Coach, University of Louisville