Magnificent Matt you will be badly missed and I appreciated our friendship through the great sport of Basketball you will always be a source of inspiration. We had great times together at Five-Star Basketball Camp and Phil and Charlotte's and other events. I will miss your humor and your great personality. We used to talk about Five-Star the next 25 year Book and you will definitely have a chapter in that book. Thanks for your friendship and concern about me and my family over the years and we used to say "take me to" take me to" take me to" Heaven. Matt you earned it.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Butler proved once again if you can shoot Free Throws and 3 point shots at a high percentage and take care of the Ball. Defend and Rebound you can beat anybody. Fundamental Basketball wins every time. You win with Guards and Butlers Guards can play.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Mark Few is one of the best at developing players. Again he proves if you can teach and coach you beat anybody. The Tarheels are young but they will get better. Josh Heytvelt makes a name for himself in the Big Apple against Tyler Hansborough. The Zags more experience backcourt was the difference.
Great win for the Butler Bulldogs led by their Great Coach Todd Lickliter who is a tremendous teacher of the game. They put away Tennessee with a great containing Man to Man Defense and they ran their stuff very well. Congratulations again to Coach Lickliter who I have had the pleasure of working with at Five-Star Basketball Camp.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
What I don't understand is player's screwing up their Free-Throw Shooting by spinning the ball in their hands. I was working with a Division 1 Prospect yesterday who by the way is an outstanding shooter in a workout and he was only shooting Free-Throws at 70 % clip, I told him to stop and use the no spin zone approach and he proceeded to hit 20 in a row. This is one of those little that help.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
Basketball will miss Red in so many ways. His Boston Celtic's were a pleasure to watch because they ran the Fast Break to perfection and revolutionized the NBA. He had great relationships with many players and coaches who all gained knowledge from him. I regret that Len Bias who Red loved never got to play a game for the Celtic's. Thanks Red for all that you have done for this great game that you loved.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
I am concerned about the lack of creativity in our game when it comes to coaching and teaching the game. I see people trying to play the same way every year with different types of players and not giving their team a chance to win. While the fundamentals never change, what your players are limited in what they can do changes. Give your team a chance to win that is what they deserve. Examples are playing a zone instead of man to man if your team can't guard. Shooting the 3 Ball if you have no size it is the game's great equalizer.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
The Knicks teams of those seasons played game like it was supposed to be played. I only wish that our youth of today had seen the Knicks play. They played the right way. They cared about each other and it showed on the court with their amazing teamwork and passing. They defended and helped each other on Defense. I miss Basketball played like this and I believe this is what James Naismith dreamed on how the game should be played. I miss Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Dave Debusshere, Bill Bradley, Dick Barnett, Earl Monroe, Jerry Lucas, and yes even Phil Jackson who gained not only his philosophy from Tex Winter but also the Great Red Holzman. I like many were blessed by this style of Basketball.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
I have attended University of Nebraska Coaches Clinic. Doc Sadler does a nice job of teaching helping Man to Man Defense. I have also attended Concordia University of Nebraska. Coach Grant Schmidt is one of the best small college coaches in the country.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Friday, October 06, 2006
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Coach Walberg is bringing an exciting brand of Basketball to Pepperdine they will be alot of fun to watch this year. His style of pressing on made or misses shots really up-tempos the game and his attacking offense is a system that alot teams are switching to such as Memphis University and Saint Anthonys who ran his offense last year. Pepperdine will play extremely hard this year and they will be the "Waves of the Future" in Basketball.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
I believe we have to get back to the basic's and start developing players in the 3rd grade and beyond. We have all tools here in the USA to make all players better. If I remember right we invented this great game. We need teach players how to dribble, pass, shoot, defend, and rebound. As Pete Carril once said "repetition is the mother of skill". I believe it is time that we all rolled up our sleeves and get to work and make our game better. We all possess the knowledge of the game but we have to work at it.