Eric Musselman has a fine blog; basketball notebook. I came across this interesting piece on Stan Van Gundy where he speaks about American players and coaches. Here is a short blurb.
Quick frankly, we’re failing pretty badly in this country as a whole in teaching basketball skills. You notice when you watch the NBA because there’s a huge difference in just the skill level of the players coming from Europe and what we have here in terms of their ability to pass the ball and shoot the ball.
We can’t even produce enough people to do those things here that we’ve got to go across and try to find people who can do them.
We’re not developing skills here.
[Youth coaches] have to make a decision — if you want to teach the kids that you’re coaching how to play basketball or if you just want to win games, because there’s a big difference.
One of the reasons is we’re much more interested in playing games, and winning and losing at a young, young age than we are in skill development.