The second day of “Basketball Without Borders Moscow” emphasized leadership combined with court drills. Marshon Brooks and Danny Green shared their view on the leadership qualities that are appreciated in NBA and among the players. Also they explained how to behave and talk to trainers, general managers and team owners at the first (initially before signing) meetings. They emphasized that American teams study potential players much better than anywhere else with significant investigation regarding personal issues. They meet with your parents and relatives, talk to your friends, ex-basketball partners, teachers, they read your twitter and so on. Being modest, hardworking, with a strong desire and respect for all people around – all these qualities are integral.
All the players then broke into groups according to language they speak. Russian-speaking group was the major one, as Russian players were joined by the Latvians and Ukrainians. From these groups three representatives were chosen : one of them was blindfolded and opposite his two partners. The “blind man” needed to reach them, without touching obstacles on the floor. All the others could knock balls, shout in the ear, prompt an incorrect way and in every possible way confuse the “blinds”.
After that it was necessary to act out a situation of outrageous indecent behavior on court. One group thought up a fight after a fragrant foul and then they fought with the audience from the nearby stands who started throwing towels and different subjects at them. Some other guys beat the referee who didn’t whistle an obvious foul.
Action proceeded with rather intensive running exercises with various accelerations with change of movements, rhythm and type. Then they went through some 1 on 1 training games : acceleration from the baseline to three-point line where the attacker got the ball and the defender was ready.
Campers were then divided into four groups of 12-15 and broke into 2 gyms. The NBA players and camp coaches joined the session (Sergey Grishayev, Marchiulionis, Mario Elie, Andrei Kirilenko, Tim Mozgov, Alex Shved and others) and began working on passing, baby-hooks, pick-n-roll situation. In the upper gym there were defensive drills and proper corner pacing along with jump shots. Every 20 minutes groups exchanged. During the sessions it was possible to follow almost everyone on all elements and to reveal drawbacks…
After the games Nike made the presentation for the players. Rich Sheubrooks (Nike USA), Susan Mulders – (Nike International) and Marin Sedlacek (BWB camp director) were the speakers.
Day 3 started with warm-up exercises. Alexander, the Russian coach added some new exercises and warming up lasted about 20 minutes. Then the campers proceeded with various shot sets:
1. Run up from the base line to 3p line (through virtual screen), receiving the ball and attacking using jump shot.
2. The same + deceptive movement (fake) with a step aside and a following jump shot.
3. Spacing into the corner after a screen with shot execution. Here it was possible to notice a lot of things: for example, some took superfluous steps, some had bad footwork before a shot. Many players used too many steps before a jump.
4. Shots after pick-n-roll with the subsequent passes to the cutter.
5. Shots after two pick & rolls played out with the same partner. Both participants attacked the basket.
In the other gym at one station there were 3 on 3 situation drills. These players were supervised by three coaches, including Sergay Panov and Sarunas Marchiulionis. At the other station Melvin Hunt trained attacks with various fast fakes, turns, steps aside, steps in and deviations. The passive defenders played by Sergey Grishayev and Andrei Kirilenko actively tried to block the campers.
We’ll post the report on the final day soon. The last day included some scrimmages and an All-Star game so we’ll have more specific player information then.
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Alex Spirin is a Correspondent, Scout and NetScouts Basketball’s representative in Russia.