Pete Newell’s Playing Big offers a rare opportunity to learn from a basketball coach who has taught Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Bill Walton the finer points of post play and added new inside dimensions to the perimeter games of Shawn Marion, James Worthy, and Scottie Pippen. With this book and DVD, Pete Newell and Swen Nater show how you too can learn and apply the tactics and techniques from the world’s foremost expert on playing big and dominating the inside game.
Every champion in basketball history has been able to score and defend in and around the paint. Pete Newell recognized the importance of post play early in his career, and then he used his techniques to coach teams to an NCAA championship, an NIT title, and an Olympic gold medal. His superb teaching skills resulted in players and coaches throughout the world who sought Newell’s insights and the creation of his Big Man Camp and Tall Women’s Camp.
Newell’s camps, at which Swen Nater is also an instructor, have become the gold standard of post play instruction and, until now, have been reserved for elite players. With Pete Newell’s Playing Big, tap into the legendary coach’s exclusive knowledge, and take your team to new heights.
Chapter 1. Post Play Today
Chapter 2. Balance
Chapter 3. Footwork
Chapter 4. Quick Maneuvers
Chapter 5. Moves to Get Open
Chapter 6. Receiving the Ball
Chapter 7. Wing Moves
Chapter 8. Mid-Range and In-Lane Shots
Chapter 9. Inside Moves
Chapter 10. Screening
Chapter 11. Two- and Three-Player Plays
Chapter 12. Post Play for All Positions
Chapter 13. Rebounding
Chapter 14. Defense
Chapter 15. Instruction and Development
Pete Newell’s Playing the Post (DVD)
Footwork and Getting Open
Shooting and Scoring
Screens and Plays
Rebounding and Defending
Pete Newell has a collegiate coaching record of 234-123, including back-to-back appearances in the NCAA championship game (1959 and 1960) with the University of California at Berkeley. He won one NCAA title, an NIT title, and a gold medal with the 1960 U.S. team. Newell's Cal teams won four consecutive Pacific-8 titles (1957-1960), and Newell was National Coach of the Year in 1960. Considered America's “basketball guru” for his vast knowledge and teaching skills, Newell was enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979. He has run his Big Man Camp since 1976 and his Tall Women's Camp since 2001, developing the skills of serious high school, collegiate, and professional players.
Swen Nater is a former NBA and ABA center who led both leagues in rebounding and who is often consulted as a big man's coach for developing high school and college players. Nater, who developed his post skills under the tutelage of John Wooden at UCLA, runs his own Big Man Camp in Seattle, where he has helped to develop many players who have gone on to play in the NBA. He also works as an instructor at Pete Newell's Big Man Camp and has authored three basketball instructional books, including one on rebounding.
"Pete Newell is the guru of post play and playing big. This book not only shows you how to master inside play, but it also demonstrates how Pete has had such an impact on basketball. If you want to raise your game, learn or coach footwork, and play big, read this book!"
Ann Meyers Drysdale General Manager, Phoenix Mercury Olympian, All-American, Hall of Famer
"Pete Newell's Playing Big is the standard by which every basketball resource will be judged. In a style and format that allow any aspiring student, teacher, coach, and player to easily comprehend what it takes to get to Newell's Hall of Fame level, Coach Newell perfectly captures the training tips, techniques, and methodology that have guided the true legends in basketball. Pete Newell's Playing Big is not only a meticulously researched, brilliantly organized, incredibly complete review of how players have excelled in the post, but it's also a blueprint for maximizing talents in basketball and in the game of life itself."
Bill Walton Basketball Hall of Fame 1993 Member of NBA's 50 Greatest All-Time Team
"Coach Pete Newell's vast knowledge of basketball is unparalleled. He gave me 90% of my game as an NBA player and allowed me to use that same knowledge as a coach and general manager in the NBA. Players and coaches will benefit tremendously by reading Pete Newell's Playing Big and watching the DVD. No other source explains the footwork and principles of the game so well."