In the first of a cool series we will shoot during the playoffs, I get on the court and demonstrate how to attack a defense that is fronting the post. If the Lakers win this game tonight, it will be in no small part how they adjust to get the ball down low. With an advantage in the post with Bynum, Gasol, and Kobe, the Lakers are doing themselves a disservice by not getting the ball there.

This type of play may seem easy, but needs a lot of practice especially on the post player’s footwork. Timing and recognition by multiple players is crucial, and it puts a premium on coaches who can teach.

There are more ways to attack a fronting defense, but I subscribe to the philosophy K*I*S*S* – Keep It Simple, Stupid.

Both the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder have made fronting the post a priority, and it’s caused a lot of havoc on their opponent’s offense. Sadly, the adjustments we demonstrate have never been made. This feels more indicative of the lack of fundamentals and teaching in the game today than a compressed schedule with no practice time.

Coach Nick

Coach Nick is the founder of BballBreakdown, coached the Triangle Offense at the high school level, and counts Tex Winter and Pete Newell as mentors. For more of our conversation, follow him @BBALLBREAKDOWN.

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