Great coaching improves and adds dimension to any player’s game. NBA Coaches Playbook combines tips and strategies from some of the NBA’s top coaches: Phil Jackson, Mike D’Antoni, Mike Dunleavy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and many others so you can use their knowledge to help your own players and team improve and achieve greater success on the court.
Steve Nash shines in running the break, but how do his teammates know where to go to get open to receive his passes? Dwight Howard is a tremendous talent in the post, but how has he improved and added new dimensions to his game? And how is it that Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer run the screen-and-roll as smoothly as Jazz legends John Stockton and Karl Malone did years before?
Coaching. Yes, even in a league loaded with superior athletic talent, the teaching, tactical maneuvers, and strategies provided by NBA coaches are second to none. And as younger, sometimes less mature and less experienced players from all over the world have entered the league, those coaching skills are more diverse and better honed than ever before.
Now NBA Coaches Playbook takes you into the practice sessions and sideline huddles with detailed Xs and Os and more from the game’s best at maximizing performance on the court. Let the likes of Hal Wissel, Phil Jackson, Mike D’Antoni, Avery Johnson, Stan Van Gundy, George Karl, Eddie Jordan, Mike Dunleavy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and many other head and assistant coaches provide you with new insights to benefit your own team and individual players.
What They’re Saying
“Technical instruction, practice tips, drills, offensive attacks, special plays, and defensive tactics, all from great basketball minds that know what does and doesn’t work. NBA Coaches Playbook is a must-have in any serious coach’s library.”
– Rick Pitino, Men’s Basketball Head Coach, University of Louisville
“The basketball knowledge and experience available in this book are outstanding! You’ll use this fundamental basketball information throughout the season, year after year.”
– Van Chancellor, Basketball Hall of Fame, 4-Time WNBA Champion Coach
“NBA Coaches Playbook is exceptional! It covers every facet of basketball, from individual and team drills to strategy and coaching philosophy. I recommend it to basketball coaches at all levels.”
– Steve Smith, Head Basketball Coach, Oak Hill Academy
About The Editor
Founded in 1976, the National Basketball Coaches Association membership is a who’s who in coaching: Every coach in the league is a member. Through the Celtics-Lakers rivalry in the 1980s, the 1992 Team USA Dream Team, and the unparalleled skill and marketing power of Michael Jordan through the 1990s, the National Basketball Association has become the world’s most famous sports league over the past 25 years. Its coaches represent the top instructors and game technicians in the sport. They have mastered not only how to coach the world’s top athletes but how to strategize and scheme against other world-class athletes and coaches as well.
Giorgio Gandolfi is editor in chief of FIBA Assist magazine, the primary magazine of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). Gandolfi has served as a European consultant for the NBCA and has been a member of the Italian Basketball Federation Coaches Association since 1974. He has authored one book with the NBCA (NBA Coaches Handbook) and two editions of the book with the National Basketball Players Association (Hoops: The Official National Basketball Players Association Guide to Playing Basketball).