Gather ye, oh worshippers of cage gods, past and present. The new NBA battles are about to begin. See the gladiators of old as they do battle with the new class of warriors in the arena. Savor the new alliances, watch them as they spill each other’s guts for all to see. And be excited as you watch out for new balling styles for the bold and the creative.
We need to inculcate the team play mindset among our players. Cut the dependence on isolation plays, work on movement without the ball, work on pick-and-roll offensive variations, work on pick-and-roll defense. And cut the superstar mentality where you can’t go back to relearn the basics of the pick-and-roll.
Euro basketball is on the rise. And so are the rest of the world’s caging countries. If the NBA doesn’t make a move to regain respect by sending their best talents, if its top players will not care to play ball against the rest of the world, then their game will suffer. And the mantle of invincibility will slowly be eroded. And when that happens, the allure of the NBA will surely go down.
Originally posted on Color My World :
So what did we learn from the Gilas debacle in the recently-concluded Olympic Basketball Qualifying Tournament? Let me go…
What did we learn from the debacle against Italy? Steph Curry and Klay Thompson introduced the concept of small-ball; banking on crisp, fast-switching help-defense and an exquisite, unforgiving offense anchored on the 3-point shot. Absent the two, your smaller team does not stand a chance.
by: ABS – CBN News Editorial 1 Sep 2019 The Philippines’ embarrassing loss, 108-62, to Italy in its first game in the 2019 FIBA World Cup