A slam-dunk instructional guide for young basketball players and their coaches.
NBA coach and Hall of Fame player Jay Triano presents the drills and fundamental skills that every young basketball player needs to excel on the hardwood. Focusing on conditioning, offense, defense, rebounds, and plays that make a difference, Triano provides step-by-step instructions for everything from balance and stretching to dribbling and passing, from shooting and catching to layups and free throws.
Essential for young players, coaches, and parents, Basketball Basics includes instructional photos, full-colour action photos of international and NBA stars, and tips from such greats as Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, Manu Ginubili, and Yao Ming.
In his foreword, two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash says, "If you want to improve your basketball skills, there are three things you should have with you at all times: your love for the game, your basketball, and Jay Triano's Basketball Basics."
Coaching and competing at the NBA level, obviously, is the apex of the game. This slim, soft-covered volume, full of photos and simplification, is aimed squarely at the grassroots, accessible to young readers. But still, how often have you heard pro players and coaches say: 'We have to get back to the basics.' Triano has solid credentials. —Toronto Star
If you were a kid serious about basketball and actually mastered the techniques in this book and could execute them at full speed, you would become a very good player. Jay's book shows that what you need to know is simple; the trick is being determined enough to actually master them. —Globe & Mail