2016 NBA Global Games London Coaching Clinic A Success!

As part of Basketball England’s continuing partnership with the National Basketball Association, affiliated BE coaches were treated to two excellent clinics courtesy of the Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors at the Ethos Sports Centre – Imperial College, London on Tuesday night. A large number of coaches attended across all levels of the game from schools, Jr. NBA leagues, clubs and the combined services to National Teams.

The first on court session was co delivered by Orlando Magic assistant coaches Mario Elie and Conner Henry who provided coaches in attendance with a informative insight into the defensive principles used by the Magic; particularly focusing on transition defence stressing the importance of good ‘close out’ technique to slow down and alter the offenses intentions. The clinicians detailed how to break the delivery down into appropriate blocks that the coaches could utilise with their own teams.

The second session was co-delivered by Nick Nurse of the Toronto Raptors, who has progressed through the NBA ranks since his time in the BBL and the GB Men’s programme. Nurse took the coaches through the key elements of his ‘Seven Seconds or Less’ offensive practice. The demo team were put to good use as Nurse stressed the need to create an offensive rhythm that the players could reference easily.

Nurse commented that “the rhythm helps young players (off the ball) to understand when a ball screen opportunity is about to happen to create a scoring opportunity. Players have a tendency to pass too many times on the break; they need to commit the defence before making the pass.”

England U16 men’s head coach, Alan Keane, commented “I can’t wait to get my hands on the footage, Coach Nurse really got my mind ticking.”

Brian Aldred, Coaching Participation & Development Manager commented: “We are again very privileged to be able to provide our coaches with a fantastic opportunity to see such knowledgeable NBA coaches and we are extremely grateful to them for creating time in their schedules to provide a fantastic learning experience for our coaches.”

Basketball England would like to express its gratitude to Neal Meyer, Henry Utku and Vanja Cernivec, of the NBA for making the clinic a possibility, as well as to the players and coaches from London Thunder-Lewisham for their assistance.

(Content courtesy of Basketball England – photograph courtesy of Mansoor Ahmed/AhmedPhotos)