Steve Kerr smashing the Warriors playgroup proves there’s room for Xs and Os in basketball modes
Talking about strategy, tactics, Xs, Os, and nuances that permeate the NBA game isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
I understand why most people prefer to sit back, relax and enjoy the game without having to worry about the reasons and reasons for having a bucket or defensive pause. At the end of the day, the NBA is an entertainment product. How one likes basketball to be entertaining is a personal matter, and no one should tell you how to enjoy the games.
However, I see that the way basketball is presented by the major sports media…hot press with sprinkling of superficial analysis dominates the major networks. Loud characters who say just about anything to get the eye on their shows are front and center – and to be fair, that pretty much worked, otherwise they wouldn’t make much money.
There is a place for this type of content, but if it is the dominant and dominant topic rather than an integral part of the overall media experience, then there is an unhealthy bug. For comparison’s sake, the NFL also has its share of loud personalities who don’t really delve into substantive analysis, but that’s because they don’t need to – there’s a huge, noisy portion of the NFL media centered on Xs and Os football.
This healthy balance of loud and subtle content is why the NFL remains the king of American professional sports.
The NBA can and should take cues from what the NFL is doing — and to be fair, they’re starting to notice the importance of actually educating their fans about the game of basketball.
It’s in no way as accessible as what the NFL offers, but it’s a start. It can be hard to find revamped NBA App/League Pass shows if you’re not actively looking for them, but once you stumble upon them, you’ll be surprised to find a show (called Coaches Corner: Film Breakdown) that brought in actual NBA coaches to smash the movie.
Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors was one of those coaches. He has ended a pet lawsuit that I myself have gone through many times before on this site. But the voice of an NBA basketball coach clearly carries more weight than a writer’s basketball junkie.
Without further ado, here is the clip:
I’ve called this hypothetical 3-way split the “Modified” split move (because it’s a modification of the classic low roll split) and the “Bilbao” split move (named after a professional basketball team based in Bilbao, Spain where this procedure is apparently done). Other writers/analysts have called it ‘post-split’ because it’s a split work with two overlapping split screens.
As Kerr mentioned above, its term is the “Guggle” procedure. There is no correct way to refer to this group – terminology varies from coach to coach, from team to team, and even from country to country. But what matters is the mentality and rationale behind this action, and how it increases the skill set of the team players.
For example: Kerr mentions that his center (usually a chromatic kyphoon) sets the split screen because often a Looney’s defender isn’t particularly well-defended towards the periphery. If Looney catches the split patron’s defender clean, no one will be at screen level to compete or switch. Nikola Jokic is the example mentioned above.
In the example below, it’s Stephen Adams:
The curl/dip from the first screen by Andrew Wiggins is usually a kind of spiky movement that also doubles as a ‘brush’ screen of sorts. It also confuses defenders. Do they turn? Do they stay at home?
It also makes use of one basic defensive principle: never commit two defenders to one person, or else you will leave one person open and cause a major disadvantage.
It’s rare for the curler/plunger to open from the first screen, but Klay Thompson manages to break free from his leg and finds Draymond Green in the cut. This forces the weak corner defender to panic and aids the cut – leaving Wiggins wide open on the wing for all three.
Here’s another example of Thompson’s drawing of two defenders, but as the benefactor of the split screen:
Unlike the Looney defender staying in paint, he rises to screen level to switch to Thompson, who also sticks the defender. This creates an opportunity for Thompson to pass the pocket pass to rolling Looney, who completes the finish.
The great thing about this set is that the pieces are highly interchangeable. Thompson, Steve Curry and Jordan Poole can all be either the first split-cut sorter/beneficiary or the primary curler/diver.
With Carrie as the curler/plunger, the Warriors previously whipped up some weird twists from this group:
The versatility of this set knows no bounds – and of course, of all the people who give another dimension to the classic warrior set, it will be Kerr, whose love of discrete action swings from the realm of mad genius to an over-reliance on it (to the resentment of those who want him to power more ball screens). ).
But the point of all of this is that Kerr got a platform to explain something about the game of basketball to an audience he might not be familiar with. Even more surprising: Kerr and the other NBA coaches in the segment — known for secrecy and who usually choose to keep their cards close to their chests — agreed to break up the film for their own groups.
More of this content should be made widely available. There is a place for it alongside the typical hot meal fare. It will not only cater to certain segments of basketball fans; If done exceptionally well, it will create demand from others who may not have known of its existence before.
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