Implementing the Speed Game

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John Kimble
338 pages
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After finishing the first edition of Coaching Basketball’s “SPEED GAME” With Primary and Secondary Fast Breaks a few years ago, I felt compelled to express further information that should be added to this all-important phase of the game. While all seven of the initial chapters were retained, each had parts that needed more clarity and to be expounded upon. With the initial edition of the book containing seven chapters, some 125 pages and 107 diagrams, every chapter was examined and parts were scrutinized to see if major points could be more clearly discussed or added to the content. Discussions and major points of emphasis were added to improve the overall content of the book. Improving upon the existing seven chapters, the new edition added six additional chapters to the book. With those chapters also came a huge increase in the number of pages; the number of diagrams and illustrations also nearly tripled.

While the first edition discussed approaches to attack opponents’ transition defenses after losing possession of the ball on turnovers, on their missed field goal shots, and on made field goals, a new chapter was inserted to show a divergent process of how to integrate a distinctive method of executing primary and secondary fastbreaks—after opponents actually make or miss their free throw attempts. The progression of flowing from a primary fastbreak that did not produce a shot would again flow seamlessly into all players’ locations for either the same type or entirely new and different secondary break options, making the speed game even more multiple and expansive.

Other chapters were to convey that parts of various concepts and types of offensive action discussed in the initial book were fundamentally sound and effective. Those types of action and movement used in the all-important defense-to-offense transition part could also be integrated in other parts of the overall offensive scheme. These parts could include half-court offensive attacks, both in the man-to-man offensive schemes as well as the zone offensive attacks.

Other chapters present how action from out-of-bounds (either from the baseline underneath or the sidelines) could be executed as BLOB or SLOB plays if no shots were taken, and the same or similar secondary break-type action could also flow from those different out-of-bounds plays.