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The Golden Whistle: Going Beyond: The Journey to Coaching Success Paperback by Jim Burson


The Golden Whistle: Going Beyond – Review:

“For all coaches out there, this book is a must-read!”

John Calipari, Head Coach, University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball “Your book is terrific which I knew it would be. Your great love and knowledge of the game come together and provide the secrets to achieving success in coaching and in life. You’ve done a masterful job of coaching all of us. Well done!”

Mike Krzyzewski, Head Coach, Duke University Men’s Basketball

“Golden Whistle is a unique, well-written story. However, the best of the writing was the invaluable information for all young coaches. A must-read for aspiring young men who think they want to coach.”

Tates Locke, collegiate & NBA basketball coach, ret.; Nike Elite Skills Academies coach

“Golden Whistle speaks volumes about the true depth of coaching and also the depth of Jim Burson. It should be required reading for anyone associated with the profession of coaching regardless of the sport.”

Bill Hosket, Olympic Gold Medalist, US Basketball; NY Knicks; Ohio State Hall of Fame

“What Jim has done with The Golden Whistle is to teach us all some very valuable life lessons thru the journey of a coaches world. I found it easy to read yet educational at the same time. It’s one that I believe many, including me, will re-read. There are that many “golden nuggets” in Golden Whistle!”

Kevin Eastman, Vice President of Basketball Operations, Los Angeles Clippers

“Your book is making a big difference to me as a parent; thank you for writing it. I’m anxious for other people to have the same experience and for it to change and impact their lives as well.”

Rebecca Mullen, basketball mom, Life Coach at Altared Spaces.com

” It provides direction for anyone on howto become successful in their area of choice and in life. I wish I had had this book when I first graduated from college, for it would have made me, not only a better coach, but a better person. READ IT!”

Glenn Wilkes, National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame; Head Coach, Stetson University Men’s Basketball coach (retired)

Golden Whistle -From the Back Cover

Golden Whistle – For basketball coaches and every person who wants to become the best they can be!This fable takes you on a journey into the heart of a coach’s world. You’ll meet Ted Faylor, the renowned Golden Whistle coach, who is at the pinnacle of his career; and Little K, his ambitious young student­assistant, who knows he can be a great coach and is sure he has all the answers. But the novice coach has a lot to learn, and he learns it all the hard way. This learning leads him to the 10 Golden Nuggets, which hold the secrets to earning the Golden Whistle–success in basketball coaching, and more importantly, in life.

About the Author

Jim Burson, creator of Solution-Based Basketball®, is known as a “coach’s coach” for his lifetime commitment to the game. Consultant, motivational speaker and author, Coach Burson founded Nike’s Coaches Learning Academy for elite youth coaches. He is past president and life member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, a member of the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame, and chaired Division III basketball for the NCAA. Sports Illustrated called him the “Disseminator” and “code cracker” of the famed Princeton Offense. He was head coach and professor at Muskingum University (Ohio) for more than 40 years and holds a PhD from The Ohio State University.



Practical Modern Basketball by John R. Wooden


Practical Modern Basketball – John R. Wooden – Basketball Drills


Practical Modern Basketball by John R. Wooden – Review:

This book is a must-have for every coach and player!

  • Covers the fundamentals and style of team play, emphasizing the delicate balance between the simplistic reality and incredibly demanding effort of the game
  • Includes a new introduction by Bill Walton
  • Includes new, updated photos

Coach Wooden, more than anything else, is a teacher. Basketball just happens to be his subject. “Practical Modern Basketball” outlines a pattern, a theory, a strategy, and a course for how to develop as a basketball player and as a person. It organizes and dispenses the knowledge that Coach Wooden has accumulated over a lifetime in the game of basketball. It gives the reader an understanding of the delicate balance of the simple reality of the game and the incredibly demanding effort and dedication needed to master basketball. This timeless book will help everyone who is interested in improving their life and their basketball game. This book is so well thought out, well planned, well organized, and well written that it is perfectly applicable thirty-two years after its first publication. Reading it will make you feel like a member of the team.

John Wooden was a teacher and coach at UCLA for 27 years.

About the Author of Practical Modern Basketball

Coach John Wooden (John Robert Wooden) is a retired American basketball coach. He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (class of 1961) and as a coach (class of 1973). He was the first person ever enshrined in both categories; only Lenny Wilkens and Bill Sharman have since been so honored. His 10 NCAA National Championships in a 12 year period while at UCLA are unmatched by any other college basketball coach.

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NBA Coaches Playbook: Techniques, Tactics, and Teaching Points – Basketball Drills


NBA Coaches Playbook: Techniques, Tactics, and Teaching Points review:

NBA Coaches Playbook: Techniques, Tactics, and Teaching Points is a great tool for coaches at all levels of the game. It’s filled with easy to read, solid basketball information on key points of the game, and clean easy to follow diagrams. You will also pick up many practical organizational and practice preparation ideas from some of our best coaches. We’ve provided each member of our staff with a copy. Everyone can learn from this book.”
-P.J. Carlesimo, Oklahoma City Thunder

NBA Coaches Playbook: Techniques, Tactics, and Teaching Points 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 NBA Coaches Playbook: Techniques, Tactics, and Teaching Points 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: Techniques, Tactics, and Teaching Points is a must-have in any serious coach’s library.”
Rick Pitino, Men’s Basketball Head Coach, University of Louisville.

About the Author

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).



Youth Basketball Drills by Burrall Paye


Youth Basketball Drills


Youth Basketball Drills contents:

Basketball Offensive Skills and Drills:

Chapter 1: Balance, Quickness, and Agility basketball drills.
Chapter 2: Stance and Footwork.
Chapter 3: Basketball Ballhandling Drills.
Chapter 4: Stopping and Pivoting.
Chapter 5: Basketball Passing Drills.
Chapter 6: Cutting.
Chapter 7: Passing and Cutting.
Chapter 8: Screening.
Chapter 9: Rebounding.
Chapter 10: Basketball Shooting Drills.
Chapter 11: Post.
Chapter 12: Perimeter.
Chapter 13: Low Post Fakes and Moves.
Chapter 14: Team Offense.

Basketball Defensive Skills and Drills:

Chapter 15: Stance and Footwork.
Chapter 16: Individual Movement.
Chapter 17: Team Movement.
Chapter 18: Team Defense.
Chapter 19: Team Defensive Stunts.

About the Author

Burrall Paye has been developing youth basketball drills and players’ skills for more than 30 years. He is considered one of the game’s best teachers.

Coach Paye enjoyed winning seasons in 36 of the 37 years that he coached. During his career his teams won 64 championships, he was twice honored as State Coach of the Year, and he was named Outstanding Coach by the National Federation Interscholastic Coaches Association in 1985.

Retired since 1996, Coach Paye shares his expertise through his speaking and writing. He has spoken at major clinics in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. He has written 12 full-length basketball books and hundreds of articles for national basketball magazines.

Paye earned his master’s degree in 1965 from the University of Tennessee. He is a member of the National High School Coaches Association and the Virginia High School Coaches Association. He lives in Roanoke, Virginia, with his wife, Nancy.

Patrick Paye is an assistant basketball coach at Elizabeth City State University, an NCAA Division II member of the CIAA. Patrick has never been part of a losing season as a player or in his 23 years of high school and collegiate coaching. He built two traditionally losing programs into playoff teams and regional champions and holds Northeastern High School’s record for most wins as a coach. Patrick resides with his son, Rylan, in Grandy, North Carolina.
Basketball Drills tip – Read more about youth basketball drills coaches Burrall and Patrick Paye



UCLA Offense – John Wooden – Basketball Drills


John Wooden’s UCLA Offense: Special Book/DVD Package review:

  • “As the great teacher he is, Coach Wooden provides not only the “what” but also the “how” and the “why” of UCLA’s legendary offensive attack. This book and DVD clearly detail the high post and high-low offenses as well as special plays and concepts that produced 10 NCAA Division I national championship teams.”
    - Pat Summitt, University of Tennessee head coach, first women’s coach to reach 800 victories
  • “John Wooden’s UCLA Offense is a must for coaches seeking to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the game. This book and DVD provide a special opportunity to learn from two of the game’s best teachers.”
    -Pete Newell, Coach of Olympic, NCAA, and NIT championship teams
  • “John Wooden’s UCLA Offense is truly much more than a textbook and DVD. Like Einstein and Newton, Coach Wooden was able to take a sophisticated theory and present it in its simplest, most useful form. In that way, his revelations about the components, continuity, flexibility, and creativity of the offense provide coaches with a tool akin to what the wheel and light bulb offered people in previous eras. Coach Wooden and Swen Nater ensure that you’ll have everything you’ll need to enlighten your offensive attack and get it rolling better than ever!”
    -Bill Walton, Basketball Hall of Fame
  • “John Wooden’s UCLA Offense reminds me of just how meticulous the greatest basketball coach of all time was in teaching the game and devising winning tactics. Even more valuable than the detailed Xs and Os are the many insights offered by the coach throughout the book and DVD. Learn from the best to teach and coach your best.”
    -Tom Izzo, Michigan State University head coach

More About the Author, John Wooden:


Coach John Wooden was named The Greatest Coach Ever by Sporting News and Coach of the Century by ESPN. He won 10 NCAA championships as Head Coach of men’s basketball at UCLA. Since then, his wisdom, summarized most famously in his Pyramid of Success, has reinforced his status as a modern-day legend. His memorable mottos, unforgettable turns of phrase and timeless, sage advice have enriched countless lives.

Basketball Drills tip – Read more about coach John Wooden


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Basketball Shooting by Dave Hopla


Basketball Shooting DVD/Book review:

“Dave is one of the all-time great shooting coaches. I continue to be amazed at his ability not only to shoot so well but also to teach others to do the same.”

Jim Calhoun,

Head Men’s Basketball Coach – University of Connecticut

 About the Author of Basketball Shooting  – Dave Hopla

Dave Hopla is the assistant coach for player development for the New York Knicks. He is considered by many to be the top shooter in the world, regularly knocking down 495 out of 500 shots. He is the world-record holder for the most free throws in one minute with one ball and one passer, having made 26 shots out of 26 attempts. He also holds the record for the most NBA corner three-point shots having shot 18 of 18 with one ball and one passer in one minute. From the NBA three-point line (23 feet, 9 inches), Hopla made 16 out of 17 attempts with one ball and one passer in one minute. These records can be seen on YouTube.

Hopla has held shooting camps all over the world and regularly travels with the NBA for the NBA Basketball Without Borders program. After he joined the Toronto Raptors in 2006 as their shooting coach, Toronto increased its team basketball shooting percentage every month, from 44.2 in November 2006 to 47.5 in January 2007. They also increased their three-point shooting percentage from 30 in November 2006 to 40 in January 2007. In 2007, Dave was hired by the Washington Wizards as an assistant coach for player development. During the 2007 season the Wizards shot a franchise best from the free-throw line (78.8%). While in Washington, the Wizards shot a franchise best from the free-throw line. Dave has worked with many NBA, college, and high school teams and players, including Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, Chris Bosh, Gilbert Arenas, Ben Gordon, Rip Hamilton, Kevin Love, Brandon Jennings, Ray Allen, and Kobe Bryant, as well as several WNBA players, including Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird. Hopla resides in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, with his beautiful wife, Carole, and beautiful daughter, McKenna.

Basketball Drills tip – Visit the official website of basketball shooting coach Dave Hopla



Sean Miller: Beating Pressure Defense


Pressure Defense basketball drills – Beating Pressure Defense by Sean Miller


About Pressure Defense author:

Sean Miller, University of Arizona Head Coach;
2014 Pac-10 Coach of the Year – 2x Pac-12 Coach of the Year;
2014 Pac-12 Champions – 2x Pac 12 Champs;
former Head Coach at Xavier, 3x A-10 champions; 2008 A-10 Coach of the Year

PAC-12 Coach of the Year Sean Miller covers everything you need to know to put even the best defenses on their heels! Combining footage from two clinics, Miller arms you and your players with aggressive methods for attacking pressure defenses.

Pressure Defense DVD description:

Creating Space vs Pressure
Get insights on how to create space with change of speed, body contact, glide dribbling and change of direction to get the ball in bounds, open up the floor and create offense. In the Big-X Passing Drill, Miller simulates the chaos of half-court trapping defenses and works on attacking them in an organize manner by establishing simple rules for your players to follow.

Full Court In-Bounds Situations
Coach Miller takes you through full-court inbounds situations where you can and cannot run the baseline. Each scenario allows for three outlets to advance the ball up the court: sideline, middle, and the crackback. Miller’s aggressive approach spreads the pressure thin forcing indecision on the defense.

Whether you are facing a 1-2-1-1 or a 2-2-1 zone press, Miller’s press offense will get the ball inbounds and effectively into your offense. Down by one at the end of the game and need to go the length of the court for a basket? It’s covered here.

Attacking Pressure Zones
“Ping passing” keeps your players from over-dribbling against extended zone pressure. In Arizona‘s “Logo” set, the offense moves the ball from side-to-side looking to get it to the middle of the floor and forcing the defense to make decisions. Miller teaches you his “Flood” concept which guarantees open opportunities for open layups and three-point looks.

Order this DVD today and get the methods you need to attack any full-court pressure defense or trapping defense!

Basketball drills tip – Read more about coach Sean Miller on Wikipedia.


Pre-order NBA 2K15 via Amazon!

NBA 2K15 pre-order via amazon

NBA 2K15 – for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Order now via Amazon.com!

NBA 2K15 pre-order via amazon

Kevin Durant – 2K15 cover athlete:

Durant had appeared on previous iterations alongside Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose, but this is his first appearance solo on the cover, and a mark of true superstardom in the NBA.

Durant is a well-known fiend for the game, having said before he thinks he plays it more than he practices basketball. Durant said on a conference call Tuesday that he has house rules where you have to pick a team at random, and said his experience playing in the NBA gives him an edge vs. players’ digital counterparts.

Durant praised the game’s popular “MyPlayer” mode. “It’s about a journey, and that’s what I’m on in my career.”

“After an exciting start last year, our partnership with 2K takes another strong step forward with an expansion of the Euroleague Basketball teams in NBA 2K15,” added Jordi Bertomeu, President and CEO of Euroleague Basketball. “The appeal of our style of basketball to video game fans was evident right away with just 14 Euroleague Basketball teams last year, and we are sure that seeing many more of them in NBA 2K15 will be another hit.”

The full list of 25 teams to be included in NBA 2K15 are:

Alba Berlin
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Brose Baskets Bamberg (new)
Budivelnik Kiev (new)
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade (new)
CSKA Moscow
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
FC Barcelona
FC Bayern Munich (new)
Fenerbahçe Ülker Istanbul
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul (new)
JSF Nanterre (new)
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (new)
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar (new)
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
Montepaschi Siena
Olympiacos Piraeus
Panathinaikos Athens
Partizan NIS Belgrade (new)
Real Madrid
Stelmet Zielona Góra (new)
Strasbourg (new)
Unicaja Málaga
Zalgiris Kaunas

NBA 2K15 is set to be released on PS4, PS3, XBox 360 and XBox One on October 7th in the United States.

All Access Michigan State Basketball with Tom Izzo

All Access Michigan State Basketball with Tom Izzo

All Access Michigan State Basketball with Tom Izzo

Tom Izzo,
Michigan State University Head Coach;
3x National Coach of the Year,
2000 NCAATournament Champions

This is your opportunity to sit in on three Michigan State men’s basketball practices! Watch from the sidelines as 3x National Coach of the Year Tom Izzo runs his athletes through warm ups, offense, defense, rebounding and more in preparation for the 2010-11 season.

In addition, you will experience a pre-practice meeting with Izzo and his staff as they break down practice footage and discuss the adjustments they need to make in their next practice.

Warm-Up Drills:
Each practice begins with individual improvement drills consisting of ball handling, full court passing drills to reduce turnovers, rebounding drills to train bigs to “attack the rim” and shooting drills. After the warm up period, Izzo runs the Daily Dozen drill focusing on hard attacking lay ups and attacking the basket. Throughout each practice, Izzo demonstrates ways to get a large number of shooting reps at game speed.

Transition Offense:
Izzo shares his philosophy for transition offense as he teaches his 3- and 5-man break drill. Tom Izzo emphasizes staying wide on the court, attacking the middle of the floor with the dribble, taking advantage of post touches, screening away on the opposite wing, spacing and flowing into the flex continunity series.

Use Izzo’s 2 man rebounding, 3 man rebounding, and WAR drills to coach “Hit and Get” rebounding and attacking the rim with two hands. Included in the rebounding segments is transition work into 5 on 5 full court offense and defense that reemphaizes the previous transition drills and offensive schemes and promotes game like situations.

Tom Izzo constructs his championship man-to-man and zone defense principles by breaking them down in individual and team defensive segments. See how Izzo builds his defense using drills for closing out, jumping to the ball, high and low post defense and more. Get insight into how he handles ball screens, the pin down screen and how he uses man and zone against double screen.

Using 4 vs. 3 and 4 on 4 shell drills, Izzo puts together his overall team defense which includes ball pressure, communication and consistent help side recovery.

Izzo’s staff then takes the players through individual team shooting working on catching and shooting, shot fakes, pull up jump shots off of the dribble and lay-ups. The post players begin their work with individual post moves featuring power moves, up and unders and turnaround jump shots.

Coach Tom Izzo ends practice with a review segment of his half court sets versus man-to-man and zone defenses. His arsenal of man offensive calls and zone offenses, which are run out of 1-2-2, 1-4 high and 1-3-1 alignments, allow great scoring opportunities for your perimeter shooters by coming off of multiple screens and post up isolations.

Imagine what it would cost for you and your staff to travel to East Lansing, MI for three days to watch these practices. Now, for only $119.99, you can watch three Michigan State practices from your own home or office and implement the drills and concepts that have sent the Spartans to the Final Four six times. Order now!

Basketball Drills tip – Read more about Tom Izzo on Wikipedia!

Better 1-on-1 Defense – Basketball Defensive Drills

Rick Torbett basketball defensive drills –  Better 1-on-1 Defense

Better 1-on-1 Defense – Basketball Defensive Drills

Basketball Defensive Drills – Better 1 on 1 Defense description:

“Great defense wins championships” – this is the underlying theme of the Better Basketball “Better 1-on-1 Defense” DVD. Coach Rick Torbett starts off with a strong, motivating intro pointing out the importance of great defense, and the importance of being able to defend your man 1-on-1. This entire DVD is geared toward basketball defensive drills for stopping your man 1-on-1, not team defense. Thus zones, help side, trapping are not a part of this video.

The 47 minute video contains eight chapters. You are taught how to stop quick guards, slashers, good shooters and strong post players. It starts with Coach Torbett teaching the correct stance, balance, hand and foot positions, etc. Five important defensive basketball drills are taught, and these all must be mastered at any speed. Quickness is maximized by having the correct footwork. You can be quick, but without good defensive footwork, you are easy to beat. Conversely, you may be a little slower, but with great footwork and desire, you can stop those quick point guards. Stopping shooters is discussed. What works and what only exposes you to fouls. Being able to stop a post player 1-on-1 without requiring a help side defender really helps your overall team defense. Basketball players need to be aware of the subtle changes in differing positions on the floor. There really is a difference guarding a defender in the post versus a guard that can stroke by the arc or put the ball on the floor. The information is all here. The chapters move along well without dwelling on any one technique more than another. It is important that all the steps are covered. Rick does a great job in explaining every step along the way. Bottom line… another great instructional video from Better Basketball.

Basketball Drills tip – Visit BetterBasketball website for more great DVDs!