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2 PART 1 Hello, coaches. My name is Bob Hurley. I'm the basketball coach at St. Anthony's High School in New Jersey and I'm going to talk to you all today about transition basketball. I going to use my notes to kind of review things so I don't miss anything, but I want you to know that this is an extremely important part of the way we play at my school. And I'm going to talk to you a little bit first about why we do what we do. First of all, why do you run. I think the first reason in running is you want to get some points that would be characterized as hustle points or conditioning points; when you just have your team more able to get to the offensive end of the floor than the opponent. I think a second thing that's very important, it creates tempo. You want to be able to have a tempo in the game that fits the way you play. We play pressure defense. We think it's logical for us to go from pressure defense into a style that keeps the pressure on the opponent and so we like to advance the ball up the floor quickly. I think it makes the opponent use their bench in addition to you using more players. In a coaching situation, it'd be very important for you to try to be able to get in rotation where you stretch your team a little bit. It helps make practice a little bit stronger and I think it's very important when you see teams during the season that maybe have a tight rotation, that you're able to make them use more players because of the speed of the game. So I think that's very important. Another very important thing is you're going to keep teams off the offensive boards. When a team knows that you're running, they're going to have a tendency to keep two players back because they're concerned about you running on them. So a team that has a decided height advantage is very concerned about them keeping the floor balanced. So I think that's certainly of help. It certainly helps to neutralize the size of an opponent. When the game becomes a game of quickness, size is being neutralized by the line-up you put out there. I'm more used to having small teams play. I think that we've been able to neutralize the size of other teams by playing at such a speed that it's more a game of quickness than it is of size. It also helps when a team is a zone team or a team likes to press. Because of your ability to get the ball up the floor quickly, you can attack spots in a zone that they're not able to get guys back. You can also get the ball inbounds and throw over the top of presses before they're set. I think there are two advantages also. Last thing which I think is also very important, you want to get your best players in situations where they can be successful. When you're a team that has small players, the most successful time your players are going to have is when the court's open. A little guard with the opportunity to take the ball in the middle on the break or in a game where the opponent is pressing him, he's able to utilize his quickness. So when your personnel's small, it's an opportunity to utilize those players. Transition Basketball Made Easy Copyright Basketball Inner Circle 2 of 2

3 Now, the tempo for the game. We at St. Anthony's, we try to run in three different ways. We try to run off made field goals, we try to run off misses, and we also try to run off steals. And what we kind of do is, philosophically, we try to do it three different ways. When we are in a situation during a game where we get a steal, I allow the players on my team, minus my center, to advance the ball on the steal. So if we get a steal on the wing, that player is going to bring the ball up the floor. If he's not comfortable handling the basketball, he may take it up the sideline. If he's confident in his handle, we're going to allow him to take the ball towards the basket. We have a rule in my school it's an interesting rule. It's a rule that certainly helps our defense and we call it free shot. So when we do get a steal, my team is now going to be in position where my bench gets up and they yell to the player, "Free shot." Which means this is an extra possession for us and we want to make sure we shoot the ball. So that player has a definite green light to go down and look to try to score. The other players will come down the court and run with him, looking to get on the offensive boards in the event of the miss, and they know more than the opponent does that the player with the ball is looking to score. The second way that we want to run is we want to run on a defensive rebound. And on a defensive rebound, we want to run in a very simple 3-lane break. What we do though, it's a little different, is I allow the forwards on the defensive boards when they get the rebound, if they don't have the clean outlet and if they haven't been jammed up by the defense, we allow them what we call bust-out. And we let the kid with the ball take the basketball, advance it up the floor, looking to push it ahead, throw it ahead or advance it down into the foul line area. As we advance it down, we're going to play and focus on taking advantage of mismatches and giving the guys some freedom on their defensive stuff. Our third situation and one that we don't like to run, obviously is we want to be in an organized fast break on scores. However, we don't want to give up any field goals during the games. So we discourage this as a way of playing. We call it the quick offense because when we're in these situations on made foul shots or made field goals, we're going to look to quickly get ourselves a shot before the defense is set. If you want to be able to get to the spots quickly. The Boston Celtics in the Larry Byrd, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish time were a team that averaged over 100 points a game in the NBA. And they were a team that was not a quick team. But they emphasized every day the first three steps from defense to offense. So when the ball would change hands, instead of having that pause they would be looking to get three steps towards their basket and getting them in transition. So that's the first thing that's very, very important. Get to the spots quickly. We want to look to throw the ball ahead when you have the basketball. The rule has always been over the years, when you're handling the basketball and advancing it, get your head up and look ahead. The primary reason is that the basketball attracts Transition Basketball Made Easy Copyright Basketball Inner Circle 3 of 3

4 defense. And when a player is quick as the players are, when they're advancing it up the middle of the court, unless they have an opportunity to really bust it, they're going to have people chasing them from behind. It can be much more effective by throwing ahead and continuing to run with the ball. The speed dribble is something that we work on on a regular basis. And with the speed dribble you know, a drill is a practice. We require our guards from the outlet area on a rebound or score to be able to get to the other foul line in four dribbles. We also want them to go from baseline underneath the rim to the other basket, pushing it all out, in four dribbles. If we're going to use the speed dribble, we want to make sure that the speed dribble is one where the player is really running at full speed. He just happens to have the basketball while he's running. He's not somebody who's advancing up the floor with the ball on his hip and he's going to be susceptible for the guys deflecting from behind. The third thing is to use the entire court. One of the big things in transition basketball is guys not running their lanes wide enough. If I can get my guys filling the lanes to be out two or three feet close to the sideline, running, this allows the middle man to have a lot of room and it forces the defense to cover a lot more area. One of the problems in filling lanes is the guys in lane one and lane three have a tendency to fill the inside part of those lanes. What we want to be able to do is get to the outside of those lanes. The next thing we need to do is very, very important. You need to know your personnel when you run. What we want to be able to do when we run the court is know the strengths and weaknesses of individual players. Some very simple things. Out on the break you've got a big man on the right, you've got a guard on the left, you should look to give the big man the ball on the right on the break. Reward him for having run for the defensive board but, at the same time, give the big man a pass that he can handle, his waist and above. So it's very important that you know who you're going to give the basketball to and know how he's going to handle it. If you've got the guard on the break, you can give the guard the bounce pass. He's more used to handling the ball below his waist than a big player is. So I think that's very, very important. We talked about running the lanes wide. And the last thing is to be conscious that we're running the break so we can get ourselves some quick shots. And what we want to do now with quick shots is we want to understand that the shots we work to get on our offense, we also want to shoot those shots in transition. So a 15- to 17-foot shot, open on the break by a good shooter, is something we're looking to do. PART 2 All right, now we're going to begin our rebound break. I'm going to describe some of the things we want to do and we're going to show you the players go through those situations. Transition Basketball Made Easy Copyright Basketball Inner Circle 4 of 4

5 First of all, with the rebound break, we like both guards and forwards, we allow them to advance it up the floor. So you're going to see now in the defensive rebound that either the two, three, one or four will advance it up the middle of the court. The first two players that can fill the lanes are going to get out and run. In the event they don't get the ball out on the break right now, they don't throw ahead to them, they're going to cross on the break. And the player coming from left to right is going to go below the player right to left. They'll cross, the fourth player down the floor, the first trailer, is going to trail the play, see which side of the floor the ball is going to, and as the guard establishes one side of the floor, he's going to run right down the lane looking for the basketball. He's going to try to seal his man underneath the rim and when the ball is thrown one side or the other, he'll go ball-side post. Last play coming down the floor right now is the goalie. His job right now is to trail the play, making sure that no steal or quick shot results in the ball being thrown over our heads and resulting in a basket. So we're going to put the guys through some situations now with that. We're going to start with the one and four pushing the ball up the floor. We're going to cross our wings. We're going to push the ball or we're going to throw it ahead to the players, allow them to have different situations occur. Anytime we have the numbers on the break we want to advance it and very simply. And the numbers are three on two, two on one, four on three. When we have an extra player, we want the open man to receive the basketball. And from there we want to make sure that we send our trailer to the rim. We want to settle into four players around one. We want to attack matchups. If we get the ball up the court quickly, as we get the basketball up the court quickly, there's going to be transition defense where players are guarding people other than the man they're assigned to. When it's a big guy guarding a small player on the perimeter, we want to become aware of that. We want to try to attack this player from the outside. When a small player winds up guarding a big guy in transition, we want to able to get that guy in the post and it can be even a second trailer. If the second trailer comes down and sees that he winds up with a small player, he's going to dive right into the post. The other player will come outside so we can take advantage of that. We'll put the guys five-on-zero now. We're going to put them through some rebounding situations so we can cover a variety of them. First thing we're going to start right now is we're going to get you all in a position where we're going to take it off the backboard, Transition Basketball Made Easy Copyright Basketball Inner Circle 5 of 5

6 rebound the ball, bring it down. We're going to cross our wings, get our trailer to the rim, and get to the spots we want to attack. We're going to concentrate now on getting the ball off the backboard, getting our lanes filled and it's very, very important as we run out. If the ball is rebounded now, as we get out to fill lanes, we've got to get out as wide as sideline. Get out wide and run the sideline. As we're running the sideline, we want to be running as hard as we can until we get to this foul line area. We now want to control our speed and shift down a little bit so that we receive it, we have a chance to read defense. The first two marks on the floor are very, very important. We call it the runway. It's very important for the players on the break to finish coming through here. And the reason is that if I finish the break and receive the ball in this area, I have 45-degree angle, I've got my bank shot. Very high percentage spot. I have the opportunity, when I catch it here, to drive baseline around my man and get to the basket because I have space. And the third thing is I have a shorter return pass to the guard so that he can do something with the ball. So as we run the break, very important on both sides of the court, we run as wide as we can. We shift down to a controlled speed as we get to the foul line area and we look at these. And what we do in our gym, we'll put some tape down on the floor in the beginning of the year, from the first mark and the box. So as we're coming down the lane here, we're working on 45-degree angle bank shot, drive to the basket, to score, return pass to the guard. Now we'll do that today off the cross. We'll start with the cross. We're going to have everybody getting to spots in transition so that we get ourselves in this thing of four around one. The wings did a very good job that time of looking to see if they had anything. And if we don't get at that point where we don't have the numbers, they're now going to cross. And as we went through the cross again, on that cross, our player from this side and this is the opposite as we cross through, we want this guy coming through the area and our guy from the other side is going to go below him and he comes out. We're not screening, we're just crossing off the break there. So that first situation we want to get in, we want to get it out. Now we'll do it again. Let's work on crossing the wings this time. And when we cross the wings, let's get the ball to either wing on either side now. When we do that, let's just swing the basketball to the other side and show where everybody will be. Yeah, so we'll cross the wings right away and then we'll reverse the ball all the way around to show how we would play as quickly as we can off those four guys. Okay, good. Good. Now we got it that time. That time we got there quick and went right into ball reversal. Now let's do the same thing this time and try to cross our wings off the same thing. So the point's going to hold onto the ball this time, allowing the wings to cross. As he's letting them cross he's looking at the first trailer and he wants to know where the second trailer is right now. Excellent. We had an opportunity that time to cross the wings and get to post. All right, Transition Basketball Made Easy Copyright Basketball Inner Circle 6 of 6

7 now let's get the ball. Let's return it to the guard this time. Let's return it to the guard and now we're down and we've filled our spots. Let's get into a passing cut. So we're going to come down the court, get our spots filled now, and just go into motion offense. And we're just going to start now on pass, cut to the basket. And we always want to start off in motion is the most dangerous player on offense is always the guy that just gave you the ball. And the reason is, very simply, his man always relaxes. If he doesn't jump to the ball on the pass, you can make that cut by him right now. So we'll come down, get our spots, and we'll pass that ball and just get into motion offense right now. We'll just make cuts. Yeah, we'll just make cuts. Pass and cut. Okay, good job. Good. Which, this gives us the opportunity when we play. When we find a matchup now and obviously since there's no defense out here, we'll find a matchup when we're playing where they do not have the man that they're normally assigned to. When a small player is guarding a big player, we go right inside with him. When one of our guards in transition winds up with a bigger player on him, we give him what we call space. When we see it's going to be an opportunity where we can take a guy from the perimeter, we space away from him now. We give him an opportunity to go, knowing that he's going to be able to turn a corner and make the defense have to react to that. We're now going to work on live 5-on-5. transition off a defensive rebound. Getting down the court, filling lanes in Now it's going to begin now. A very important part of starting the break is that we've got to find a man when the shot goes up, make contact, and we need all five people to defensive rebound right now. When we've got the basketball, we know we have the basketball, then we want to be running those three steps in transition. Prior to us getting the ball, we don't want anybody leaking out on shots because we need to be able to rebound with five people. Okay, ready guys? Okay, now we'll let the white do the same thing coming back down. That time, our big player advanced the ball down the floor, got himself under control in the area at the top of the circle, and found a left wing open. And again it was more of an issue that time of the matchups. We didn't have early break that time, we had a matchup that was a good one at the end of the break. Let's make sure, identify the lanes. When we're running down the court now, we need to get the ball middle, we have to fill the two outside lanes first. Those guys are going to run as wide as they can and they're going to cross underneath the basket. That fourth guy down the floor is going to run right down the lane, try to post. The fifth guy is the guy that we're going to use to protect the basket, but we also can reverse the ball with him. As we're going down now, let's see if we can get the wings cross. Right? The point guard keeps a little bit and let's look to see if we could attack the trailer around the Transition Basketball Made Easy Copyright Basketball Inner Circle 7 of 7

8 basket right now. So we'll do a couple of possessions in a row. We'll look for swing the wings, keep our one trailer behind the ball, and look to attack that guy underneath the basket. Okay? Okay, ready? Here we go. Okay, now that was good. Now what we've got to get next is our big guy. Let's put it right here so we can go back through this. Here's our guard with the ball. As our big guy runs down the floor he gets down here here's where we want him to seal him. We want to seal him on ball side. By being opposite of the ball at that time we stretch the length of the pass. So we want to make sure we go ball side, shorter pass Yes, exactly. We just got our post a little bit too far from the ball that time. Good. Good. Good job. Good job. Excellent opportunity that time where we got the guard in the post that time. An opportunity to score. PART 3 I'd like to think that you spend more time if you're a good defensive team changing ends on steals and rebounds. Then you're going to be in a situation where you're giving up running on scores. I think it's a very effective weapon in an offensive system when you're a good defensive team and I know it's happened to us quite a bit where a team works extremely hard to score against you. They score, there's an element of celebration. The ball's out of the basket, it's inbound to the guard, and you run something right back at them and get yourself an easy basket. That is demoralizing to a team that's had to work very hard to score and you're able to get that ball in and run. So as we discuss now running on mades. The most important things to consider now is that you're going to have two designated people that are going to take the ball out of bounds underneath the basket. And their numbers are either the four- or the five-man. Either the center or the tallest of the two forwards. Based on your personnel in high school, if you're comfortable with either player taking it out, the closest one to the ball will take it out and that'll start the break. If you are not comfortable with a particular player taking the ball out, then you'll designate one of those two players that'll take it out. The other player will be put in position as an inbound outlet. The second thing you want to be able to do is you want your wings in transition to be able to get out and be running, not worrying about the ball inbounds. So when we start now on a made field goal and let me just have the black team again, and the white shirts can be right over here. Now in a situation, if I had the four and the five underneath the basket. The two tallest players right now underneath the basket. In this Transition Basketball Made Easy Copyright Basketball Inner Circle 8 of 8

9 situation, I would be comfortable with either player inbounding the ball. There is not a guy that's tall that I would be concerned about him inbounding the ball. So in a game situation, the closest guy to the ball would take it and take the ball out of bounds right here. He stands, when he takes the ball out of bounds, sideways like a quarterback, points his shoulder towards the middle of the floor, and he tries to see everything. Obviously, here the backboard limits where he can throw the ball. He's going to be able to throw the ball from half court down deep. If he needs to throw the ball here, the inbounder will run the baseline and get back to the same spot, opposite side, to inbound the ball. So the first thing now, on the ball coming out of bounds on a score, is we're going to take it to here. So let's have you right here with the ball. Our two and our three. The designated players by coach. And of the three players we have here, who would be the one guard here of this group? Okay. His responsibility now will be to go to the sideline, foul line extended, and get himself with his back to the sideline and be in a position here where he can see the other basket before he catches it. So with his right eye right now, he's got to be able to see anything going on deep. His left eye is back to the inbounder. Our other two players, our two and three, are going to run out from where they are and they're going to run out and fill the two lanes as quickly as they can. To fill a lane, you run wide. We're not going to throw you the ball until you've crossed half court. So both guys know that the inbounder's not going to give them the ball until they've crossed half court. This allows them the opportunity to run as hard as they can to get within three feet of the sideline. And now as they run the court and get to half court, as they get to half court that's when they're first looking for the ball right now. So as both guys run, as we take the ball, let's freeze everybody with the two and the three getting to half court. And the last play we take now is we have the wings going out, the point guard goes to the sideline, our one post guy takes it out, the opposite post guy goes right to the elbow right here. And he turns to be in position where he can receive the ball. And that's where we want to get to. As we get to here, we read our guard and our guard, though we say that's where he's getting to, when he gets sideline he starts working middle to try to receive the ball now. He gets out and he tries to move. If he's able to receive the basketball here, from sideline to here, we try to receive it. If the ball is denied to him here or denied back middle and he's not able to receive it right now, we throw it directly to the partner. He busts middle and we give it to him and we go. So we want, as we take the ball out of bounds, our big player always takes it and he lines up. And if he has a guy deep for the baseball pass, we'll throw. He now looks at his guard over here. So let's bring it back and get our reads again. So from the ball going in and us taking the ball right now and going, we get to the spots. And now if we have any problem receiving it here as he starts to make his move middle, and I'm trying to deny it, we throw here, we throw middle, and we go. As we go now and throw it ahead, this will be Transition Basketball Made Easy Copyright Basketball Inner Circle 9 of 9

10 our first trailer. He'll go to the rim. This'll be the second trailer. He'll go opposite the ball. So as we go back and we review where we're going to go, we'll bring the fellows back underneath the basket again. The wings are going to go out for the sideline. Our point guard is going to go sideline so he can see everything. The point guard's first responsibility with the ball at the outlet if we take the ball and we throw and we'll just leave everybody else here. We'll go one position at a time. Our inbounder is in a quarterback stance, ball is up high. He's thinking baseball pass deep, short outlet pass to the point guard, deny, back to his partner. As the point guard receives the ball, he's always ready here to receive the basketball and be able to cross his left foot over his right and throw a baseball pass. So as I get an inbound pass and as I catch it, I always want to be able to go from here, using this foot as my pivot foot, turn and be ready to throw a baseball pass. It could be either the two or the three running up the floor, or on the quick inbound pass, the partner here on the quick inbound pass as our guard goes out and as our other guy goes out as the ball comes in, on the flight of the ball, if this ball is being thrown in, as it's being thrown in, you're gone. And our big guy's going up the middle of the court. There's nothing more demoralizing than to have the point guard look, throw it up sideline, have the trailer running to the rim, and be able to get the ball off to him without the ball hitting the floor. So on a made field goal now, going right back to our group of players again, our one is out on the sideline. We'd like to have opportunities to run the break where the ball doesn't touch the floor. So for purposes of numbers right now, our five is going to take it out. He's going to inbound it to our one. Our two is running wide. Our three is running wide. Our four sees the pass being thrown inbounds. That's his signal post guy didn't need his help anymore he can go. And what we want to do this time is go five, one, two, four for a lay-up right now. Five, one, two, four for a lay-up. Okay, ready? Now we'll say to the point guard, bust it up the middle of the court and we'll go five, one. One will advance the ball down the floor, get himself to the top of the circle and we'll fill our spots. So we'll do the same thing we have previously done with the rebound one. We'll just bust the middle. Now what we want to be able to do now, here is something for us to talk about. When our point guard gets the ball here, foul line extended, and he catches the basketball and he turns and he looks. When he doesn't have anything here, as he advances the ball up the floor now bring everybody back. When our one gets the ball and he turns and looks and he doesn't have the pass, he now takes the ball with his left hand and it's going to be speed dribble, middle, left-handed. We want to push it up the floor. And we always tell the guards, from here to the top of the circle, foul line area, is three lefthanded dribbles. So we'll do the same thing again. We'll get him now trying to get himself right here. Transition Basketball Made Easy Copyright Basketball Inner Circle 10 of 10

11 As we get him to the top of the circle area, he hasn't established a side yet. So you're most effective when we take it to here because we can go either side with the ball. When we do get here, our post man should be directly in front of the rim right now. Directly in front of the rim. The point guard is there. The trailer is waiting to see where the guard declares. And as the guard declares, the trailer goes opposite. So that's where the trailer can stay back 15, 18 feet to see how it develops. And as we push it now lefty to here, as we push the ball to here we'll be wide on the sideline here. Facing the pass, same thing with our three on the other side. Our post is in front of the rim looking for the ball. And our last guy down the floor is going to wait to see where he does. And now on this pass, by the point guard, if he passes it here or he passes it there, he steps to the pass. And that commits him to that side of the court. Once he does that, the trailer now knows where to go. The trailer always follows the guard and he just sees what's happening. He stays back. He wants to make sure that he's got the basket protected and then once it's committed he goes. So we'll work on getting the ball to the free throw line area. Three dribbles left hand, we'll pass either side, and then commit ourselves. That gets us now into the four around one. Let's do it one more time from this side of the court now. Now let's switch our post guys this time. So now let's switch now. So now you've got it out, you'll go to the opposite elbow. Waiting now. When you see that pass going inbounds, you know you can go. Now this gets us to the spots. Now let's, again, review where we've been. We're starting off with either the four or the five player. Either the four or five player's going to inbound the ball. The partner goes to the elbow. Now let's put ourselves in a situation now where we do everything exactly the same except we can't inbound it to the one. So now we're going to take the ball from out of bounds to partner who's going to throw it to one and we'll go down the floor now. So as happens in scouting reports now, somebody's up early trying to deny the ball to the point guard, we're going to go to the partner, we're going to hit him middle, and we're going to advance the ball up the floor. Excellent job. Excellent. That's how we're going to fill our spots. Now we'll review the positions for each player now. We've gotten ourselves to there, now let's take the ball. Our guard has thrown ahead. He has taken the ball down the middle of the court. Let's have him cross the court now. Which means, when he gets the inbound pass, the guard now is going to take the ball and we're going to run it right into the left side of the court. So when I get the inbound pass now, I'm going to advance the ball here, keeping my head up, looking at the post guy so I get him on this side now. Now I have a look at my three man now. Now I swing it back and we go the other way to reverse the ball. So the point guard has three things to do during the game. He can throw ahead, he can take it up the middle of the court four dribbles and try to get it early where he can go either side, or he can just take it opposite and just what's called declare left. You declare and you're going to run it to the left side of the court now and everybody goes in that direction. So we'll go directly to the one and we'll allow him to cross at this line. Transition Basketball Made Easy Copyright Basketball Inner Circle 11 of 11

12 And if we can bring it right back out here, you see what happens that time. This gives us such a good look at the post guy this time. Because as we come down now and the post guy is running, the defense has been so used to facing, in a situation here where the ball's in the middle of the court, right? Ball had been in the middle of the court, back to here. But all of a sudden for the first now, we're declaring to that side. This gives them an opportunity to seal a man in here and go to the basket with the ball. PART 4 We're now going to concentrate on giving ourselves two plays off this that we can run for our two and our three and is set where we're going to be running a little bit of a flex cut and get a shot. So now we're going to run two plays. Our two-play means that we're going to set two screens for the corner man. So when we set ourselves up and we'll utilize this side of the court first our one is right here. He had declared this side of the court. So we'll turn it around and we're here already. Our five is right in front of the rim. Our guard is right out here. So this is our first look. We're spread, we get you a little bit further down, we're spread. And this is the opportunity right now in here to try to go at this player here. As we do that now we're going to use our trailer. We're going to take the ball from the guard to the trailer. And as we do that our post guy, again, is following the ball, we continue to look for him and now we throw it to the opposite wing. As we do that now, they play two-man basketball and now we set two screens. But we want to create a screening angle first. So as we set this up, our guard is going to take his man down like he's cutting towards the baseline. Our first cutter now, our one and let's just get the trailer back a little bit our first cutter now, the one, is going to come down and set the screen right here. Knees bent, ready to absorb. Our second player is coming right to the elbow. He's going to be right on the elbow right here. Knees bent. We're going to take the player from here and we're running him off two screens. As we run him off two screens, our first player is always going to fade out because he's the guard as he goes by the screen. Our second player, as we come off the screen, he's always ready now to slip the screen and step right here. What's going to happen in a game situation is the second defender on the post here, as we set it up, is always looking to step out and help. Now we're going to take the ball as we come down and our post we're looking at the post as we look at post, we hit the trailer, our guys create the screening angle, and now we set staggered screens. As we set this second screen come on back and he goes by, as he goes by, you're always ready because your man in this situation could Transition Basketball Made Easy Copyright Basketball Inner Circle 12 of 12

13 step out. As he steps out you're always ready to slip it. We're also ready on the screen to read what the man does. So if I'm being guarded here let's put the ball back up top and get the one back out and we're here now. If I'm guarding you on this and as the ball is swung, and as I establish my position down, on the two screens, if I'm trailing the screen and you're coming off the screen, you and you look to go. In the event that happens, this player can step right to the ball because his man is going to go and provide help. If he takes the ball side of the screen, on the two screens now as the screens are set again, as he comes here on the screen and he's trying to fight to here, our player can advance it with a dribble out a little bit, and because I'm here he can fade right now. Fade, we look to throw over the top of the screen and the same thing occurs. There's a great opportunity there to slip the screen. So let's set it up now. That's where we're going to run it in transition. We're going to run it to both sides of the court for the jump shot for the two, and then we'll run it to the left side and we'll run it for the three. That was definitely an NBA three. Second shot now. Now we skip the shooter and we hit the four man, slipping the screen going to the basket. So we're doing the same thing again, but now instead of giving it to two coming off the screens and we're still staying right side. There it is. The slip. Excellent. All right, now we have to show what's going to happen in terms of people taking things away. We're going to put ourselves in a situation in transition where our one has the ball right here. Our two is out. The first post guy down the floor is right in front of the rim. Our other guy's right out there. Now, the ball is going to be denied during the game. The four is going to have the ball denied to him. The rule is and we call it Chicago Bulls. For you guys of this age now it doesn't have the same relevance, what used to be called pinch post. When you're not able to throw the ball to the trailer, the opposite corner player sees that he's being overplayed and he can't return the ball to him. So what we actually want you to do is step out a little bit and make him come with you. Now when we can't throw that pass, we hit the opposite guy coming up to the elbow. As we do that, you run right by. We look to toss, hand off. As we do that, we turn. You look to duck in from this side now and you guys run an exchange to keep the defense honest. So now we'll start again. We can't reverse the ball because they've taken it the post guy way. So we look now. We look. And I see now, he steps out and we can't get him the ball. We're setting up a great opportunity to come pinch post and to toss. And we give him the isolation going to the basket here, because his man is denying it. Transition Basketball Made Easy Copyright Basketball Inner Circle 13 of 13

14 When I don't have it now, when I don't have this and as I catch the ball coming up, I hop to catch it. I hop to catch it. I look, I pivot with the opposite foot. That gives me the look at the basket right now. Now my guy looks to duck in. He's looking to turn, looking to duck in underneath the basket right there. Step towards me and try to get it. Now I'm trying to bring that foot up, he's trying to hold the guy off, and I'm looking to dump it down inside to him. On the opposite side now, we've got it. So what you wind up with when they deny the ball is a perimeter player is going to catch the ball again, we're denying it, can't get it there. We come up to catch it. Hop to catch it. Square up, look for the duck in, perimeter, and we have the ball to spot inside the defense. It's a problem. Second thing. The ball does get to the four man. And the four man has it. The second problem defensively is the denial here on this side of the court. Now obviously we can do two things. When the ball is being denied here, eye contact between the two players means go to the basket. With this young man's jumping ability we can now throw the ball up for him to go get that. Second thing we do is we dribble at him and we hand it to him and we let him go middle. So two things we get when the ball has been reversed now and this player is being denied the ball, as we look to reverse it and he's here, eye contact, jab a step, put the foot down, left hand up, and go. And we look to throw the ball to the basket right now. So what we want to get is, first, on the reverse, eye contact, take a step to make sure I stay, take him. We look for that pass. We look for that pass. Second thing we do, we take him down a step, dribble at him, take him away, now come behind and get the hand-off. Come behind, take it, and just drive it middle and go make a play. So the ball's with the one. We brought it down. We looked at the rim. We got it to the trailer this time. We'll dribble it at him. Take him away. Now go behind and get it. Take it middle. Drive it middle and go make a play. Two pressure releases in transition. Using the four man as a dribbler, as a hand-off, and hitting pinch post. So let's go up the court now. We'll go twice and let's get both of those. Let's get pinch post and then we'll get the dribble exchange. Step out to get it. Now he's being denied. Hit the post. Now, first who we want to get though is yeah, hop first to catch it. Because the most important thing now is you could be denied. Make sure. Hop to catch it first. As he now goes by, use this foot and pivot. That gives you a chance now to throw that pass. Now on the perimeter, the last thing you get, you back screen his man. You send him right over the top for three. Transition Basketball Made Easy Copyright Basketball Inner Circle 14 of 14

15 So if you're talking about a great option to get the ball in the foul line area, when I catch it here in transition I have my toss. I have my square-up and breakdown. I got the duck down pass. I have the guy going off the top of the back screen now. So we have that back screen on the weak side and we flare him out. Set that screen. We flare him out and we look for the three. That's our quick 2. That's our quick 2 which we'll run at either side. PART 5 On quick 4, we're in the same spots. We'll be in the same spots. And now with the quick 4, same situation. We declared one side. So we're right here right now. As we declare here, our trailer is sitting behind the ball and back a little bit towards the middle of the court. Now, as we come down we want to get the ball to the trailer and we want the trailer to advance the ball with his dribble. As he does that, our five is going to set a flex cut. So a flex screen. Bend your knees. He's going to set a flex screen. The two comes off the screen and we look for him right now coming off that screen in the post. As he does that, after he sets the screen, the five tries to step in and get post position here. As he does that yes, the one is going to slide. Because if I'm real strong here, trying to take him away, bring it, give it to him, now let him use it and throw it away for the defense. Excellent. So now as we read the screen, if five helps to keep him from making a cut, we're looking to throw it to him. If he doesn't do a good job, we may have a good look at him. Then when we've run quick 2, that means two screens for our corner man. So we ran quick 2, we're showing it, and we throw that pass. Throw that pass. And our two screens, for our two right at the elbow. And now, right here, we read. Excellent. We read either this, that, or the whole time we have plenty of opportunity here to play twoman basketball. Now we go quick 4. With quick 4 now, we take the ball from one to four, and as we go from one to four, we set this little flex screen. We make the baseline cut all the time, allowing our post guy to step right in here. As he steps in here, a strong option is to throw it to the one now and look to dump it down in here. That keeps the five from helping so much on the flex cut. Now that he's got to play it a little more honest, as we bring him across, if the two is a player we can post now the ball, instead of going back to the one, we throw it here and we take a look first. We're going to take a look at him first. If we think we can post him we'll take a look. Now, if they're doing a good job of it, now we bring him up and he sets a screen for the four. Four comes right into a post up. And we look to get him the ball. Now, last option. When we take him and bring him inside as we cut him through, two's Transition Basketball Made Easy Copyright Basketball Inner Circle 15 of 15

16 man is going to provide some help on the cut. This allows two to catch it and perhaps be in shooting range to catch and shoot here. So now on the reverse let's go back. Now as we take the ball from one to four, five sets the screen for two. Now we slide him a little bit. We give it and we look to post him first. All right, don't have him. Here he comes. Sets a screen. Now we look for the four going through. Now on that screen, now we step two out. Two's got the jumper. But on the pass from three to two, the five now, on the pass and we'll go back to that pass on the pass there, five cuts up right to here and sets a screen. Two now looks to go off it for the elbow jump shot. One slides and now the five turns, rolls to the basket looking for the ball. As he does that, the four goes back up and we're set again. So we'll go all the way through that now. Let's see if we got it. Okay, guys? Four. Quick 4. Look at the post first. Good. Now set it. Here he comes on the pass. Pick and roll. Good. Take a wide. Good. Got him. Good. Bring it back out. There it is. Good. Take a look. Take a look inside. Now go up and set the screen. Here he comes. Good. Hit him. Pick and roll. Excellent. And our guy will slide over here. You can run your quicks from a 1-4 set. So let's run quick 2, but let's just get in a 1-4. So let's put you here. And put you right here at foul line. So now we're in a 1-4 set. So we come down in a 1-4 and we want to run quick 2. And we want to run it to the right side. So we bring it to here and slide a little bit. Post guy comes out. You slide into the post looking for it. Now, there goes the pass. Here's our pass. Five follows it. Two screens now. Steps out. Ready to slide and we're in it. So we can run both the sets off the 1-4 and that gives us a different look. At the end of both of these quicks, and the other quicks that we run, we run motion offense. Based on the team. If I have two bigger kids, we're going to run motion offense three around two. If we're a smaller team, at the end of the quick we go motion four around one. Last thing we'll do is we'll allow, in game situation, on the press, versus the press now, and we'll put ourselves in a score situation where the ball was just being taken out. The two is up the sideline. The three is up the sideline. The one is here. One is making the move. We'll bring the four back, give him the ball, and now we'll go up the court and we'll let it start with the trailer bringing the ball up the court. So you'll bring it straight up the court now. Everybody goes to their spots. Stay opposite him now. You'll go right to the rim. You'll stay right here. Yeah, you'll stay right to here. He'll go right to the rim and now here we are in a position now where if we're going to run quick 2 ball goes there. Two screens. Slip it. Good. Back out again. Same thing. The trailer brings the ball down the court. And let's do it right from here. Let's keep ourselves right here. Trailer again is bringing it up the court. As he brings it up and the guard is even with him, we go right into quick 4, which means that flex cut. Start with Transition Basketball Made Easy Copyright Basketball Inner Circle 16 of 16

17 the flex cut. Here he comes. We take a look. Now we take a look at the post guy dumping in a little bit. The option would be to slide here and post him. Now we throw it there. We look to post him up. We give him a look. Now he comes up to set the screen. Here he comes on a post up and then we. Then one drill we forgot, we want to start off with a very simple drill for rebounding as we start with 2-on-0. We're just going to take pairs now. So we'll use four of the guys and two pairs of two. It's position-less because we've said when we defensive rebound we don't care who advances it up the court. So we can have a rebounder and an outlet guy right now. And then the other two guys will be ready to go next. So you guys can step off. So all we do now is we're just going to throw the ball off the backboard. We're going to go up and get the ball. The first drill now is you want to be in rebound position. We're going to go up in the air and get the ball. We grab the ball and yell, "Ball." When we yell "Ball," we yell "Outlet." We throw the ball and we practice with our guards, left-handed dribble, three, four dribbles to the top of the circle. Our rebounder now goes down and fills the lane. We reward the rebounder with a lay-up. So first drill now is going to be ball, outlet, top of the circle, dribbling, fill the lane, reward him with a lay-up. Ready? Good. Okay, ready guys? So it's ball, outlet, push it middle, left-hand four dribbles to the foul line. Ready? Good. So now we're going to get a rebound. He's not going to outlet it. He's got to push it down the floor. He's got to get to the top of the circle in three to four dribbles, no more than that. Yes. The rebounder's going to do it now. The guy who's the outlet just runs the sideline and we give him the ball for the lay-up now. So first drill now, rebound, bust it up to the top of the circle, give it to him, he lays it in, and then we switch on the way back. All right, good. Now we switch on the way back now. Back to the sideline so that your right eye can see anybody deep. Left eye sees your partner. With this particular drill you start working on pull-up jump shots, you start working on the 45-degree angle pullup jump shot. So you have the foul line pull-up jumper. You have the pull-up jump shot. You have to pass the return pass back to the guard who works on shooting the jump shot behind the break. PART 6 This particular drill is called hockey. It's 3-on-3 full court. The intention is to get the player who defensive rebounds, gets the steal, or gets the outlet pass to advance the Transition Basketball Made Easy Copyright Basketball Inner Circle 17 of 17

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