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1-800-GO-MAN-GO

Posted by Steve Bzomowski on July 4, 2006

claire-fastbreak.jpgI believe in playing fast, as fast as your skills allow. (Practice fast and let your skills catch up.) One of the ways to get a game going is make sure that when the other team scores, you get the ball in right away. If you are the one nearest the net as it goes through, sprint out of bounds with the ball, ready to get it in as quickly as possible. Sprint! Of course this takes teammates who are ready to catch the inbound pass and ready to run. (Hit a couple in the back of the head to get their attention.) Fast break basketball is a mentality and one mentality that you can develop is to take it out and get it in and see if you can beat the other team down floor before they are set. (Rick Pitino developed this attitude when he was head coach of the New York Knicks. I can still see Charles Oakley firing fastball outlets to half-court after scores. Tommy Heinsohn was and is a huge proponent of this. And, of course, Paul Westhead’s Loyola Marymount teams in the late 80’s epitomized it. Dial 1-800-GO-MAN-GO! Don’t actually dial that…just play like it’s toll-free!)

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One Response to “1-800-GO-MAN-GO”

  1. Greg Herr said

    One of my early Celtics-on-TV memories is John Havlicek putting up a huge argument after getting called for throwing the outlet pass before even landing out of bounds (after, of course, leaping to pull the ball out of the net after an opponent’s made basket). How cool to play on a team that would be pushing that edge. I don’t think it would get called with Steve B. as ref.

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