January 23, 2004, Newsletter Issue #146: SECONDARY BREAK: AN EARLY OFFENSE

Tip of the Week

I think that your offense should be an organized attack from the point of possession. As soon as you get a rebound or a steal the team enters a fast break attack, exploring situations to outnumber the defense. That fast break should flow into a structured "early offense". The type of early offense should be determined by the kind of shots that the team is looking for, based on it`s yearly strength.

If a team has good big players, maybe the first few shot opportunities in the early offense should be looking for those players to post up. If wings are the strength, the team can run those players off of screens for shots. Guard play may be the strength and the team can spread the floor looking for drive opportunities. Whatever the team chooses to do should be based on a system that gets early shots for their better players and then flows into the offense that the team is running at the time.

This type of constant attack does not give the defense time to regroup and may catch them out of position for a quality shot early in the possession.

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