In this section, we introduce the latest books, videos, CDs, and other tools that are primarily aimed at coaches, but certainly useful for all of our readers. Please send your suggestions and comments about our basketball-related media for review in this section.
Raffaele Imbrogno has been coaching since 1980. He is an Instructor for the Italian National Coaches Committee of the Federation and has been Director of the Italian Basketball Federation Study Center. Imbrogno is also the author of several technical basketball publications.
There have been some vocal critics about the situation of teaching basketball in the United States, but, after the third poor result turned in recently by the so-called "Dream Team" during the last FIBA World Championship, the entire American basketball system has been roundly criticized. Critics say that Americans must return to basic fundamentals, teaching players how to pass the ball, dribble, shoot, and play one-on-one.
Some interesting DVDs have been produced in the last few months that can certainly help young players learn the fundamentals of the game.
Kevin Sutton is head coach of Monteverde Academy men's basketball and is also a Nike Skills Academy Instructor. He was in Italy last summer, where he put on a great camp and clinic. Sutton produced two new DVDs: "Two Ball Passing, Dribbling and Ball Handling" and "Fatigue Shooting Drills," both from Championship Productions (www.championshipproductions.com). In the first, with the two ball passing, dribbling, and ball handling drills, Sutton takes you through this demanding series of drills, designed to push the players and improve their ball handling. Then he shows more difficult drills. On the "One Man Drills" he introduces 12 drills that underlines ball control, passing and shooting. On the "Two Man Drills" he involves the passer and the receiver of the passes, and, finally, on the "Three Man Drills" he runs a more demanding series of drills that requests to the players to concentrate and communicate. The DVD ends with a fast break series that incorporates catching and shooting off the break and requires great teamwork.
On the "Fatigue Shooting Drills" DVD this innovative coach begins to show how to stretch in a dynamic way and with ball handling, and then he starts with some
interesting drills. Among them, the "Power 45" drill requests communication and teamwork, as well as shooting and footwork. Then, for the "Around the World" and "M" drills he uses chairs, and the players must run around the chairs while shooting.
Ganon Baker is also a NIKE Skills Academy Instructor. Besides having written a large number of technical articles about fundamentals (for example "30 Finishing Moves You Can Use"), and hosting a website about a variety of basketball topics (http://www.shakenbakebasketball.com/home.html), he also produced many DVDs for Championship Productions. His most recent DVDs include a series of five disks called “Grassroots Basketball”. These disks include “Intense Shooting Drills at Game Speed”; “Perfecting the Art of Ball Handling”; “Perfecting the Art of Moving without the Ball”; “Perfecting the Art of Passing”; and “Finishing School”. The Grassroots series is produced with the collaboration of Boo Williams (legendary coach, clinician, and AAU boys basketball national director), and in more than five hours, Baker covers the complete range of game situations, with a varied and interesting selection of drills to improve fundamental skills. Footwork, shooting mechanics, teaching points, and drills are on display in each of these intense one- hour workouts. For the serious coach and player, these disks help players increase scoring ability and develop a variety of moves around the basket. By taking advantage of these skills and drills, players can become the offensive threat that they've always wanted to be. With repetition and attention to detail, these DVDs can open the way for great strides and improvement in passing, rebounding, and shooting skills. Enjoy the show.