Saturday, June 28, 2008

NBA coaches share winning strategiesNew book showcases techniques and tactics from basketball's elite

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Impressive list of contributors to this book. How often to you get the games best speaking on their expertise. Check out the table of contents to see what I am talking about. If you don't know these people, then you really need to read this book to learn from some historic names of the game.
Champaign, IL -- Mike Krzyzewski and Rick Pitino attest to the benefits college basketball coaches glean from the pro level. Now college and high school coaches can get advice from top NBA coaches in the NBA Coaches Association's upcoming NBA Coaches Playbook (Human Kinetics, September 2008). The first of its kind, the playbook offers a collection of proven methods and strategies from the NBA's elite coaches on maximizing player and team performance.
"Winning basketball was and still is a matter of fundamentals and details, but you also need a tough attitude in order to reach the top," says Basketball Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson.
In NBA Coaches Playbook, 28 successful coaches offer more than 450 Xs-and-Os diagrams and expertise, including tips from Phil Jackson on the fast break, Tex Winter on the triangle offense, and Pete Carril and Eddie Jordan on the Princeton offense. Each chapter offers technical teaching points, practice drills, tactical nuances, or game-management tools that provide a coaching edge. The book's "special plays" section should be especially popular among coaches seeking the out-of-bounds and last-second plays that work when the game is on the line.
ABOUT THE BOOK NBA Coaches Playbook
NBA Coaches Association
Available September 2008 · Paperback · Approx 384 ppISBN 978-0-7360-6355-5 · $21.95
ABOUT THE EDITORS Founded in 1976, the NBA Coaches Association 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 U.S. "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. Its coaches represent the absolute top instructors and game technicians in the sport. They have mastered not only coaching the world's top athletes but strategizizing and plotting against other world-class athletes and coaches as well.
Giorgio Gandolfi is editor in chief of Assist magazine, the primary magazine of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). Gandolfi has served as a European consultant for the NBA Coaches Association and has been a member of the Italian Basketball Federation Coaches Association since 1974. He has authored two books with the NBA and the coaches association: NBA Coaches Handbook and two editions of Hoops: The Official National Basketball Players Association Guide to Playing Basketball.
Part I Individual Offense
Chapter 1 Shooting Techniques Hal Wissel
Chapter 2 Perimeter Moves Stan Van Gundy
Chapter 3 Post Moves Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Chapter 4 Screens and Screen Plays Phil Johnson
Part II Team Offense
Chapter 5 Attacking Offense Avery Johnson
Chapter 6 Triangle Offense Phil Jackson and Tex Winter
Chapter 7 Princeton Offense Eddie Jordan and Pete Carril
Chapter 8 Flex Offense Ruben Magnano
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 Lionel Hollins
Chapter 12 Out-of-Bounds Plays Brendan Malone
Chapter 13 Last-Second Scoring Plays Dave Wohl
Part V Individual and Team Defense
Chapter 14 On-the-Ball Pressure Mike Fratello
Chapter 15 Full-Court Pressure Jim O'Brien
Chapter 16 Defensive Strategies Del Harris Part VI Coaching Essentials
Chapter 17 Productive Practices Lawrence Frank
Chapter 18 Game Preparation Mike Dunleavy and Jim Eyen
Chapter 19 Player Development Kevin Eastman
Chapter 20 Player and Coach Motivation Scott Skiles and John Bach
Chapter 21 Modern Conditioning Methods Rich Dalatri

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