Are You Making This Big Mistake A Lot Of Coaches And Players Make?

Are You Making This Big Mistake A Lot Of Coaches And Players Make?

A lot of coaches make this mistake without realizing it.

They then unintentionally impart the wrong knowledge to their players.

Players make this mistake when trying to train on their own too.

I’m sure you’ll agree with me on this:

The biggest mistake is teaching things that don’t work with your individual players.

Like the high school coach who uses a shotgun approach trying something different every week. Blaming the players when they don’t get it.

Like the player who tries to copy the moves they’ve seen in the NBA without having the decades of fundamentals to successfully pull it off.

Here’s the reality:

In my opinion, this is way too common in basketball.

And one of the reasons is down to social media.

Social media – whatever platform you use – is a fantasy world.

It shows the best parts of someone’s lives. Their social feed is their highlight tape.

I believe social media is responsible for a lot of the mental and emotional issues players face in basketball today, but that’s a story for another day.

Point is, you only see a few seconds when a pro executes a move perfectly in the NBA.

It doesn’t show the 10 or even 15 years of drilling, practice and reps that creates the perfection you’re seeing today.


Players then think they pull it off by copying what they see in the clip.

Coaches think they can break it down and coach it flawlessly to their team.

The problem with this is…

When it doesn’t work – and it almost never does work because you don’t have the skill base and experience – they move onto something else.

They try the next trendy thing.

It doesn’t work.

So they try something else.

It feels like a lot of players and coaches jump from one shiny object to the next.

Without taking enough time to really solidify core fundamentals and concepts they can predictably execute on the court.

Look at MJ and Kobe.

They’re considered two of the undisputed best players in NBA history.

What do they have in common? They both practiced and practiced the fundamentals until they mastered them. They focused on fundamentals so they could execute at an extremely high level.

Why is this important?

Fundamentals are the core building blocks of player development.

They’re the base to build everything else.

Fundamentals and principles always work.

Teach a player a fundamental dribbling move on a deep level. And they can then apply it on the court.

Teach a fundamental shooting move on a deep level. And they instinctively know how to create more scoring opportunities against a live defense.

Teach fundamental decision-making skills. And they can intuitively read a defender virtually every time to make the smartest, most strategic move in a split second.


When you understand principles, it doesn’t matter what situation you’re in.

You can always apply what you know and use it to your advantage.

Best part:

Having a systematic approach to player development by focusing on the fundamentals is cumulative.

Over time, players get a deeper knowledge and more refined skills.

That they can then apply individually or as a team in every situation they find themselves in.

Which is exactly why I built the Full Curriculum as the complete collection of basketball fundamentals for every player at every age, level and ability.

You can find out more about how the Full Curriculum can help you transform your players on the page below


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