Basketball is a fast paced, team oriented sport that requires all of its players to execute all of its fundamentals at some level. Unlike many sports, players must play offense and defense. Numerous games are lost by teams who may have one player with more points or rebounds than anyone in the game. A balanced team will win more often than the unbalanced one. All-star players are great as long as they help and allow their teammates to shine as well. This analogy holds true in life. Whether in relationships or the work place, successful teams consist of people contributing to a common goal without seeking personal gain.
Learning how to play the game is better than learning plays. Physical and mental effort will win more games than any specific play. An aggressive mentality combined with unselfish effort will translate to good team defense, relentless rebounding and cohesive team offense. Team offense should be built around proper spacing, movement, unselfishness, and decision making as opposed to a specific pattern. Combine effort with proper execution of fundamental skills and any team will be competitive.
I prefer to play a brand of basketball that is centered around tough man to man defense and positionless offensive basketball. However, the abilities of the players on the team may not be conducive to such a style. I would recruit players to fit my preferred style of play, but it is a coach’s job to make adjustments as necessary based on the situation at hand.
High school players are rarely fundamentally sound in all areas of the game. In order to be successful, players must enhance their strengths and develop their weaknesses into strengths. I will make every effort to help players improve their abilities, This starts with recruiting players who are eager to develop their weaknesses and can positively influence their teammates to do so as well.