Posted in Basketball, In Your Face Basketball Book, Outdoor Basketball on July 24, 2014 by hoopscoach

A couple of ESPN writers with an interesting article on something that we have been discussing for a few years now; playing basketball outdoors.

The writers looked at a few cities around the country; surprised they left out Detroit.

Back in the day there was a great book out on the top playgrounds around the country. It was a guide on where to find the best run titled, “The In-Your-Face Basketball Book.

In Your Face Book Cover


Do kids play outdoor basketball anymore?

I see many outdoor courts empty.


Posted in Basketball, Gregg Popovich, PTRW with tags on July 20, 2014 by hoopscoach

It mostly means that everybody is going to play unselfishly, respect each other’s achievements, play hard enough every night to give yourself a chance to win, to fulfill your role.”  -Gregg Popovich

I am often asked what playing the right way means?

It’s easy.  It’s not hard at all granted you are willing to listen.

Pop answers the question in today’s quote.

Many kids at the younger levels are not being taught to PTRW.

It’s a shame. They’re missing out.

The game becomes much easier when you learn to play the right way.

All coaches have a responsibility to teach their team to play the right way.

Play hard, share the ball, defend, rebound, sprint the floor, dive for loose balls and be happy and excited for your teammates success.

That’s not hard, is it?

Coach Finamore


Posted in Basketball, Bryan Gates with tags on July 20, 2014 by hoopscoach

‘From a coaching standpoint, you always love that guy who wants to get in there and set screens and rebound and play around the rim.”


Posted in Basketball, David Vanterpool with tags on July 19, 2014 by hoopscoach

“You have to approach the game with a certain intensity, a certain effort, with a certain love and passion.”


Posted in Basketball, Stan Van Gundy with tags on July 18, 2014 by hoopscoach

“I think you want to get your culture right. To me, the way you do it is by the people you put on your team and in your locker room. That’s how the culture gets changed. How well are we going to play together? How committed are we going to be at the defensive end of the floor? How well are guys going to accept roles?”


Posted in Basketball, Dru Joyce, LeBron James with tags , on July 15, 2014 by hoopscoach

On LeBron James:

He’s always understood that once you step on the court, it’s about five guys working together as one.”


Posted in Basketball, Lionel Hollins with tags on July 8, 2014 by hoopscoach

We’re going to be aggressive, tough, physical. We will take pride in what we do. The game is 80% mental, 20% physical.”


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