Down screens are an especially dangerous action for any offense. Properly timed and spaced, they create real problems for any defense. It is important to create a philosophy and practice actions necessary to defend the down screen that fits with your overall defensive philosophy.
Ball screens have progressed from the days when I was a kid ("Set a screen for me so I can get my shot") to an intricate action that can show up at any time in any offense. They are used as offensive entry actions, space creators and most importantly to control matchups. They have been part of basketball since Dr. Naismith hung his peach baskets in the Springfield, Ma. YMCA and invented the game. Since Michael Jordan changed the game to a "matchup and isolate" game, ball screens have become a bigger and bigger part of the game. If you…
Want to become a better defensive team? Practice these fundamentals before you get to the court. If you want your players to understand what they are trying to accomplish and to work as a team, you have to lay out a plan. These are the things that I think are important and want all my players to know
1 on 1 Defense So much energy is expended in developing game plans, working on skills, scouting opponents and trying to find an edge to be a better team and win more games. All of that hard work will go down the drain if you cannot defend on the ball 1-on1.The nature of American basketball these days is to create match-ups, isolate the match-up and then attack the defensive player. If you cannot play 1 on 1 defense, or defense on the ball, all your work and preparation will amount to nothing.
Coaches spend hours and hours orchestrating offenses while saying that defense is mostly hard work. "Offense take s talent," goes the coaching saying, "defense takes desire." It is true; more can be accomplished with hard work over skill, on defense. But that is not to say that that coaches shouldn't teach defense as well as the teach offense. Most coaches teach defending the ball, denying the wing, playing the post, etc. I have not seen enough coaches teach defensive philosophy, tactics and situations as they do on offense.