8 05, 2018

Oklahoma City Thunder Experiment a Complete Disaster

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Oklahoma City Thunder Experiment a Complete Disaster

With the influx of several super teams in the NBA, every summer has become an arms race to amass enough talent to compete with the league’s best. For teams that do not yet have enough talent to beat the Warriors or Cavaliers, this means taking some chances in an effort to get those pieces. And while the Oklahoma City Thunder definitely took their chances in an attempt to build the latest super team in the NBA, it is safe to say that their experiment was an unmitigated disaster.

Destroyed By Utah

After the first game of the first round playoff series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz, there may not have been a point where the Thunder played better than the Jazz. Utah averaged over 105 points per game during the six-game series, compared to just over 101 for the Thunder, for a margin of four points per game. The Jazz also outshot the Thunder, shooting 45.4% from the field compared to the 43% mark of the Thunder. They managed to destroy the Thunder despite shooting 68.6% from the free throw line, a bottom-three mark in the first round of the playoffs.

While those stats would be impressive in a matchup between any team, it is even more so in a battle between a star-studded team like the Thunder and a team like the Jazz. Utah lost its best player last offseason in Gordon Hayward, and replaced him with rookie Donovan Mitchell. Instead of faltering, Mitchell demolished the Thunder by averaging 28.5 points per game in the series victory.

This was by no means the biggest upset in the history of the NBA Playoffs, but it was surprising nonetheless. According to Betway, the Thunder were favorites to win the series before it started. But the clearly superior performance by the Jazz flipped those odds to where Utah was nearly a -300.00 favorite before the start of game six, as of April 30.

Russell Westbrook’s Tailspin

Russell Westbrook

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The downward spiral of Russell Westbrook has been an intriguing one. He went from being a convincing MVP of the league last season, averaging a triple-double, to being looked at as overrated despite having a similar season this year. While the weight of expectations certainly has something to do with the change in outlook, Westbrook will now watch his former teammate James Harden win the MVP award as Westbrook’s season ends in disgrace.

Westbrook didn’t have a bad series, per se. He averaged 29.3 points per game and carried his team back from 25 points down to win game five at home. But he tried to do too much, something that is all too common from him. Westbrook shot seven three point attempts per game in the series, doubling his career average in attempts from beyond the arc. That is not the strength of his game, and he hurt the Thunder as a result.

But perhaps the biggest shock of Westbrook’s postseason was his postgame meltdown after being eliminated, when he got physical with a heckler. Nobody deserves to be heckled, but that was a poor way of handling a difficult situation by Westbrook, who should be used to the spotlight by now.

Paul George’s Inconsistency

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Paul George scored five points in the Thunder’s season ending loss to the Utah Jazz in game six. Known as one of the best players in the league right now, he completely disappeared when his team needed him the most. It was baffling to watch him go 2/16 from the field in one of the most important moments of his team’s season against a fundamentally sound Jazz team. His inconsistency on the court was difficult to overcome, as will his inconsistency off the court.

His off-court inconsistency, of course, is about whether or not he will stay in Oklahoma City or leave for another team after this season. That decision could impact whether or not the Thunder can even remain this good for an extended period of time.

There will be a lot to sort out this offseason for the Oklahoma City Thunder, as they will look to rebound from what can only be described as a disastrous season. Given the weight of expectations on this group, the pressure will only intensify if they stay together.

18 11, 2016

CoachTube Instructional Coaching Videos

By | November 18th, 2016|Categories: Basketball Coaching, Fundamentals, Players and Coaches, Technology, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

CoachTube

I found CoachTube online today and I have to say it is an awesome website. Think of it as Youtube for sports coaches and players or student athletes.  I am most specifically interested in how CoachTube relates to basketball. Click here to learn more: Coachtube.com/Basketball

There are videos on Lacrosse, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Tennis, Track and Field, Soccer, Hockey, Golf, Volleyball, Softball plus 20 other sports and categories.

If you live anywhere in the world and have an internet connection,  you can be taught how to play or coach by some of the best Coaches in the World!! This is truly an amazing idea and it is fairly cheap too.

If we just look at Basketball alone on CoachTube there are so many categories. There are ball-handling, drills, youth coaching, Defense, E-books, Shooting, Strategy, Women’s specific and Youth Basketball.

I can’t wait to buy a few of the titles and get learning myself. As a Coach I am never satisfied with my knowledge base. All of the best Coaches are always learning and striving to be better.

The best thing about CoachTube is that these are not just simple videos but rather complete Courses on the subject matter. If you have ever heard of the Khan Academy for academics, this kind of reminds me of that.

A few Specific examples

Let’s say you are a big fan of Michigan State’s Tom Izzo. You can learn straight from the man himself. He is a great coach and he’ll guide you through Defense and Rebounding lessons.

Coachtube and Tom Izzo

How about a Coaching Legend,the late Pat Summit. She was a phenomenal Coach. Her series is all about Coaching Women’s Basketball.

Pat Summitt and Coachtube

Another Coach who has numerous videos on CoachTube is my friend Lason Perkins. I would definitely check out what he has to offer. He does lots of stuff with European and International Basketball. Lason was also a guest on an Online Basketball Clinic we did a few years back at our Online basketball Clinics website.

That’s about all for now.  I will share more news about CoachTube in the next few days.

21 09, 2016

Basketball is King

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: Fundamentals, Miscellaneous, Players and Coaches|Tags: , |0 Comments

The sport of basketball was invented by James Naismith, a Canadian by birth.

The game then and the game as it is now cannot be compared.

I don’t think Mr. Naismith could have envisioned what it has become today. It is such a fast paced game which often resembles ballet in the air.

Basketball is a great spectator sport but it’s also popular the world over for betting on. With the growth of online betting sites, many Canadian punters are also enjoying games like slots and roulette from the biggest casino operators. Sports betting is forecast to grow and grow with plenty of legal online Canadian options still out there.

Take a look at 10 year old Jashaun Agosto below:

 

Now take a look at a much older Jashaun Agosto below:

You just gotta love Will Ferrel. I think this will be one funny basketball movie. You have a great day, San Diego.

Basketball Sunset

 

 

 

 

Copyright Stu Seeger

The athletes who play the sport have to be superbly conditioned to play at the highest level. There is magic, grace and beauty to be watched.

The more you play the game the more you realize that this is true. I have never had as good of a workout as when I have just played in a hard game or practice.

You can play alone, with 1 other person or any combination of players. It really is fun. If you have not tried it you have to “give it a go”. I guarantee you will be hooked for life.

As you can probably tell I love the sport and have done so from the very first time I played it back in the 3rd or 4th grade. I remember going to a Harlem Globetrotters game and I was amazed at the tricks they could do with a ball.

If you have never been to a “Trotters” game I encourage you to go because you will have such a great time. In fact one of my friends in the is former Trotter Mel Davis who now lives in Vancouver.

We will keep adding to this page as time goes on with interesting hoop stories and information about this great game that is just booming in popularity.

21 09, 2016

Sideline Sports XPS Software and Video Analyzer

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

SidelineSports Professional Sports software is aimed to help make you a better coach. It can give you the ability to put plays into video format, animated format or simple diagrams. It can store all your drills and also comes with pre-packaged new drills as well as video to go along with the drills. It makes putting together your practice plans on a daily basis effective and easy to store. Best of all it is extremely affordable.

Whether you are a beginning coach or a veteran coach this program will help you become much better at what you do. I can guarantee that if you take the time to watch the tutorials you will easily learn how to operate the XPS system.

Go to www.sidelinesports.com for your free trial offer. If after that time period you want to buy the program you can get a discount off the $115 price. You can get it for $89 by putting the code: HAM11 if you would like to order after your free trial offer.

Sideline Sports has a great support system to answer all your questions. Don’t wait and let your competition get ahead of you go now to www.sidelinesports.com now and check XPS NETWORK system.

If you are a fitness participant, athlete or a client of a therapist, sign up for your free trial here:
Sideline Sports Client

If you are a trainer, coach, teacher or a therapist, sign up for your free trial here:
Sideline Sports Trainer

Sideline Sports software

Once you enter the program and you are looking for the Basketball Animation and Diagramming tool just make sure to look for
the “Playbook” on the top Navigation bar.

Software features:

Create Practice Plans
Create Workouts
1500 multi media drills
1500 multimedia exercises
Practice and workout statistics
Connect to your coaches and players
Create your own drills
Create exercises
Playbook, scouting reports
Share playbook and other multimedia files with your players and coaches.
Take Attendance
Record test and general information

Official coaching software of FIBA:

GENEVA (Coaches) – The International Basketball Federation FIBA has signed an agreement with the professional sports software provider SIDELINESPORTS to become the FIBA official coaching software. This was announced by both parties today.   Sideline Sports has developed comprehensive computer software designed specifically to help coaches with organization, communication and analysis of their practice sessions and games.

The agreement foresees the delivery free of charge of the main product “Sideline Organizer Standard” to all FIBA approved coaches. In addition, every coach will receive a “Sideline Viewer”, a software where players can view instructional or feedback material, containing text, images, diagrams, animations and video. The “Sideline Viewer” will include video sequences from all the drills of the FIBA book “Basketball for Young Players”.

For a detailed description of all the features of the Sideline Sports products please go to www.sidelinesports.com

The FIBA approved coaches will receive the software package once they have registered with FIBA through their national federations. The registration process is regulated in the new FIBA Coaches Regulations, which can be downloaded here. The application form for FIBA approved coaches will be sent to the national federations soon.

“This agreement is a further step for FIBA in assisting the improvement of the coaching level worldwide”, said FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann. “Today’s players are increasingly ‘tech-savvy’. The school classroom is changing. Players expect to view teaching material in digital format. It may seem a giant leap, but the most important thing is that the material and media focus on the student rather than on the teacher.”

“We are very proud to partner up with the world governing body of basketball and its 212 member countries worldwide,” said Head of Development of Sideline Sports Bryniar Karl. “We are very confident that with our products we can contribute on large scale to the promotion and teaching of basketball at all levels. Our agreement will give access to state of the art educational material to a large number of coaches around the world. We combine the book, the video and the computer.”

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