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Saturday, May 28, 2011

5 REASONS FOR A FAST-PACED TRANSITION ATTACK

Here are five reasons for running a fast-paced transition offense via George Karl and Doug Moe as listed in "NBA Coaches Playbook."

BE HARD TO GUARD
Because only the point guard in our system has what could be called a defined role, the opponent is challenged to match up with every time we break down the court.

RUSH THE OPPOSITION
The very pace of a high-speed, fast-break offense often unsettles opponents.  Their comfort zone is disrupted because they have to think and move faster than they do against other teams.

FATIGUE THE OPPONENT
You can't count on the opposition being out of shape; any coach worth his salt will have his players fit enough to compete and win.  But being in condition to run a standard, set offense and being physically prepared to play a high-speed, fast-break attack for a full game are two different levels of conditioning.  And a winded or tired player is very vulnerable player.

PRODUCE MORE AND EASIER LOOKS
At its most fundamental level, winning comes down to scoring more points than your opponent.

USE PLAYERS' PREFERRED STYLE
Although not a determining factor in our deciding to commit to the break, another plus is that players are enthusiastic about playing a fast-paced style.