with Chris Mack, Xavier University Head Coach, 2009-10 Basketball Times Rookie Coach of the Year, 2010 Sweet 16
Modeled after the break the Phoenix Suns ran under Mike D'Antoni, Chris Mack reveals the principles and rules of this structured fast break.
Being a coach, he wants his players to have a structure in getting these quick baskets to make it easier for them. This transition offense, when ran by the Suns, was used on both missed and made shots. For his purposes Coach Mack runs this break primarily on missed shots. This gives his team an attacking mentality, attacking the defense when it is most vulnerable - in transition.
When coaching basketball, while it is important to limit the opponents baskets by playing good defense, it is just as important to get your team "cheap baskets" - or quick transition hoops, second chance points off offensive rebounds, baseline out of bounds plays, and free throws. His feeling is that if you can get your team five to seven cheap baskets that could be 10 to 14 points that your team doesn't have work hard against a set up defense designed to stop what you want to do on offense. Against an equal or slightly superior opponent those points can make the difference between winning and losing.
One important aspect that Coach Mack emphasizes is that you need to take advantage of your personnel. To do this you need to have set rules in place for each player and each position in the break, or rely on your point guard to take over as the "floor general." He gives four rules for the point guard the first of which being they receive all outlet passes. The other guard and small forward are what he calls wide runners who run the sidelines to the corner to spread the floor and the defense. There are actions for them to be on the opposite sides (split) and on the same side (paired). If the rebound goes to a player who is deemed a "capable" ball handler, the point guard can become a wide runner, as well.
The post that is first down court is the rim runner, who is sprinting down the court looking for an over the top pass,or to seal for a quick posting opportunity. They will head for the ball opposite short corner if they don't receive a pass. Then comes the trailer, normally the post who grabbed the rebound and passed the outlet. He will set a ball screen for the point guard and either roll hard to the rim or pop to a place where he can make a shot.
From there Coach Mack describes about how to make an open side to work a two man game. Then actions that allow you to attack the defense while rotation, at their most vulnerable. Also, he includes the step up screen, back screens and stagger screen as well as the run the circuit drill. He ends the clinic with questions from the crowd which he answers questions about hard hedging, double teams, quick hitters and mutiple positional players.
This transition game will get your players into an attacking frame of mind that will influence other aspects of their game and their lives.
Produced at the Fall 2013 Wilmington (NC) clinic.
77 minutes. 2013.