Basketball according to former Indiana coach Tom Crean – Winning Basketball = LB/7 + 3s(7)
Simple concepts allow students to understand. Reducing the complicated into basic easy to understand bites of information is the key to allowing people to understand them.
Basketball is an easy sport. On offense, create open shots and make them. Defensively, limit open shots and rebound misses. Easy.
Former IU basketball coach Tom Crean became a former coach because he was very adept at needlessly complicating the simple. The result was confusion on the court, and a confused team is never going to be confident.
Yesterday, Crean took to Twitter to share some hoops philosophy on the day many of the biggest summer youth tournaments begin in Las Vegas. As is always the case with Crean, the intent was righteous. He wants players and teams to play basketball the right way and succeed in a venue where it is rarely required..
Here is the tweet –
“It’s hard to lose when your team is getting 70% of the 50/50 balls and getting 3 stops in a row 7 or more times in a game. Toughness Matters”
Crean has taken a message about toughness, and expanded it to calculus so confusing I’m not sure what he’s talking about. Stops are good. Getting three consecutive stops seven times is bewildering.
Getting the ball in 50/50 circumstances is good. Getting 70% of them is confusing. Why not 80%? Why not try to get 100%?
Crean tries to reverse engineer basketball to create goals that lead to a positive outcome, but basketball is about five players simultaneously committed to a fundamental process through toughness and precise execution.
Basketball is about process in the moment. Results come from the execution of that process.
Get tough. Be sound. Develop skills. Yes, yes, and yes.
Winning = LB/7 + 3sX7 makes a kid’s eyes roll back in his head.
Score points. Limit opponents opportunities to score points. That’s simple.
Simple basketball is the best basketball.
Kent Sterling hosts the fastest growing sportstalk show in Indianapolis on CBS Sports 1430 every weekday from 3p-7p, and writes about Indiana sports at kentsterling.com.