“Never Catch a Deflected Pass”
Posted by Steve Bzomowski on August 30, 2005
This is another Thibodeau-ism. (For those of you who didn’t read last week’s “Tip”, I referenced Tom Thibodeau, long-time NBA assistant, now with the Houston Rockets, with whom I worked for four years when we were both assistants at Harvard University.) When we’d play, and a pass that was deflected then deflected off my hand and went out of bounds, he’d always say “never catch a deflected pass”. I never debated this with him but would think, “Isn’t that like nearly impossible to decide?” I suspect that what T was saying was – if you have a choice or have a chance – don’t try to catch a deflected pass because the very fact that it is deflected means that its path or trajectory has been altered, that it may not be what it seems to be, and may cause a second deflection, this one off of you.