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Friday, July 3, 2009

WHY MOTION OFFENSE (PART I)

Choosing an offensive system of play is not a simple task for even the best of basketball coaches. There are so many different areas to take into consideration when deciding how to attack the various defenses that exist in today’s game. One night you might be playing against an overplaying, aggressive man-to-man defense when the very next outing will find you against a soft, sagging defensive system. Still, another opponent might utilize multiple defensive looks. Will your offensive attack be equally successful against what you face throughout the season?

One of the challenges with deciding on an offensive system is the fact that the make-up of your team will be altered each year. This is probably true on the high school level where you don’t have the opportunity to recruit your talent to fit your style of play. Still, even on the college level, you rarely have a team that is similar more than a couple of years. We would like to constantly have three perimeter players that shoot the 3-pointer and penetrate to the goal, coupled with post players of size that can post up or step to the free throw line to hit the jumper. The reality is that this complete mesh of offensive talent doesn’t come together too often.

The point that we are trying to make is that at LSU we believe that your offense should have some flexibility to adjust to your strengths and weaknesses each year without having to overhaul your complete system. By keeping a consistent style of play, your players will continually develop each season. The other side of the coin is to install a different offense every few seasons to take advantage of that particular team. Every off-season a coach would take a look at the returning players and decide what offense to utilize. Obviously, each season would be like starting anew in terms of your offensive system. Granted, there are teams out there that have a measure of success by strictly running plays, but we believe that with motion offense, you can have the best of both worlds. We utilize “entries” as a means to distort and place pressure on the defense. It is also a great way to get an quick, isolated touch for a good player. Those entries are extremely simple and are chosen by what our team has to offer that season.

Let’s start talking about why we run motion offense. In delving into the advantages of running motion, we should first give a definition:

Motion Offense is predicated on both player and ball movement as well as a player’s ability to read the defense. A player and team must be able to take advantage of those opportunities presented to them by the defense as opposed to relying on a predetermined sequence of movement.