Coach Nick has dedicated himself to preserving the fundamentals of basketball. By using NBA footage, he breaks down the games with freeze frames, arrows, and slow motion to explain the intricate details of what is happening on the court. By paying close attention off the ball, he opens up a whole new way to watch and analyze the game.
Coach Nick also led the boys basketball team at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys for 3 seasons, where he ran the triangle offense. Coach Nick developed his triangle offense teaching techniques from its creator Tex Winter, who spent countless hours discussing its intricacies with Coach Nick.
As a student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Coach Nick was a basketball manager under then Head Coach Stu Jackson, who began the Badgers’ resurgence to national prominence. Stan Van Gundy (former Orlando Magic Head Coach) and Sean Miller (University of Arizona Head Coach) were assistants to Coach Jackson and mentors to Coach Nick during his time in college.
Coach Nick is a basketball historian as well, amassing exclusive interviews with some of the great minds of the game, including Tex Winter, Pete Newell, Pete Carril, and Dean Smith. He is also a Triangle Offense guru who will soon be offering an instructional video on how to implement this system of offense.
In more than a decade of covering basketball, his work has focused primarily on the esoterica and minutiae of all the aspects of building an NBA basketball team. This includes, but is not limited to, player scouting and understanding the really confusing intricacies of the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.
In October 2014, Mark and Coach Nick paired up their totally opposing approaches to basketball analysis at BBALLBREAKDOWN.com. Between them and the assembled group of contributing authors, BBALLBREAKDOWN produces daily deep-dive basketball analysis, including gameplay, coaching, player analysis, roster construction, and everything in between.