Let's Talk Defense: Tips, Skills and Drills for Better Defensive Basketball

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9780071441698: Let's Talk Defense: Tips, Skills and Drills for Better Defensive Basketball

How many times have you heard the old adage that "defense wins championships"? While it is true that one can't teach things like height, talent, or heart, sound defensive play can and is taught to great success at all competitive levels. Author Herb Brown of the Detroit Pistons preaches that defense is a state of mind - the great equalizer. If a team is prepared and committed to playing defense each time it hits the floor, Coach Brown believes it has an opportunity to win any game, especially if each player has dedicated himself to collectively stopping their opponent. Whether or not that opponent is more physically talented, if you can limit their ability to score, you will be in a position to win. Let's Talk Defense distills forty years of coaching experience into one handy volume. Beginning with the basis that effort is the major prerequisite for playing defense successfully, Coach Brown contends that a defensive mindset must be a constant if you hope to be able to build a championship caliber team. Effort, along with determination, preparedness and proper execution must be there every night to truly give your team a chance to win when your shots aren't falling and your team is struggling to score. Coach Brown knows that there is no one correct way to play defense, so this book details a defensive philosophy that has evolved over many basketball seasons. A true student of the game, Coach Brown has studied the philosophy, techniques, practice methods and game management of the world's most successful coaches. Let's Talk Defense incorporates all of that knowledge into a concise, easy-to-follow blueprint for better defensive basketball, complete with dozens of drills, tips, and step-by-step diagrams, and features a foreword from his brother Larry Brown, a Hall of Fame coach in his own right.

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"Herb Brown understands the most fundamental aspect of the game and that is great defense wins championships. This book will explain the basic concepts of how it is done."

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"Herb Brown is a defensive innovator and one of the leading defensive coaches in the game today. Let's Talk Defense will help take you and your team to the next level."

Scottie Pippen, ten-time member of the NBA All-Defensive Team and six-time NBA champion

"Herb Brown's experience and defensive knowledge make Let's Talk Defense a must read for any basketball player or coach. The concepts demonstrated in his book are the same ones I use when guarding some of the best players in the NBA.'

Rasheed Wallace, NBA All-Star

Coach Herb Brown of the Atlanta Hawks preaches a simple message: Defense wins championships. After forty years on the sidelines, Coach Brown knows what he's talking about. In 2004, he helped the Detroit Pistons master the art of defense and destroy the mighty L.A. Lakers to win the NBA championship. Now, with Coach Brown's time-tested instruction, your team can compete like champs'and come out winners.

Endorsed by top NBA players, this essential guide is loaded with official NBA photos and dozens of drills, tips, and step-by-step diagrams covering Coach Brown's winning 'Defensive Keys to Victory,' including:

- Making the transition from offense to defense
- Out-rebounding opponents
- Causing turnovers
- Stopping fast-break opportunities
- Eliminating penetration
- Creating havoc for the opposition
- PLUS: a special chapter on training techniques from the Pistons' strength and conditioning coach

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