How important is it for an NBA player to have a Go-To Move?
If you are going to be an effective player, you must have a go-to move, you got to do something well. I tell young players all the time, you’ve got to do one thing really well if you are going to play in the pros. The best players in the league keep the game very simple, they don’t have 10,000 moves that they do, they have one or two moves that thy go to in pressure situations. You watch the great players and they do the same thing over and over again, everyone in the gym knows it’s coming and no one can stop it.
What is Kobe Bryant’s Go-To Move?
A spin back over his right shoulder shooting a fade away over his left shoulder. Kobe Bryant is probably the greatest all around player we have in the game today, he can do almost anything. He has a tremendous heart and a will to win, and when he gives you that fake right spin back left to the fade away, the games over.
What is Lebron’s Go-To Move?
Lebron is probably the most dangerous open court player and now that he has his 3 point shot to where it is very effective, he just drives by everybody and he’s so strong he goes up in the air, the other players stop and he keeps going up and up and up; you can hit him and he maintains his balance. His greatest attribute is his physical ability and his ability to stay in the air under control and balanced while he is getting hit and get a good shot off.
Can you think of any players who have certain areas on the court where they are hot and other areas where they are cold?
I’m a big believer that players are much more effective from certain spots on the court. The classic example is Bruce Bowen, he is a tremendous shooter from the corners, you cannot leave him there. He’s got a great coach in Greg Popovich and Greg knows to put him in the corners, he doesn’t put him at the top of the key because no one would guard him, he puts him in the corner and you have to guard him. He makes Tim Duncan more effective in the post because you can’t double team off Bruce Bowen. There’s lot of player that you if you watch closely you will see patterns in their game, they run to certain spots; they run to the elbows you see Dirk Nowitski, he’ll play along the elbows and the top of the key, you give him a shot from there and he’s money in the bank. Anybody can watch, and I encourage young players to watch their favorite player, watch where he catches the ball and watch where he shoots from and you’ll see it’s a pattern over and over again he shoots from the same spots and the defense still can’t do anything.
What do you think is important about playing in the post?
When talking about post play you need to talk about counters, basketball is a game of counters, what I mean by that is that if you are being defended a certain way, there is a move to counter that defense. Footwork is so important, because if you don’t have good footwork none of your moves are going to work, you won’t be on balance and you won’t be effective. There’s no way a defender can take away everything, he’s got to be vulnerable someplace. How quickly can you identify how you are being played and what counter move you should use to beat that?
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