When my little brother texted me yesterday afternoon and told me that there were a couple of tickets left for Game 6 in OKC, I knew we had to get them. I mean, a chance to watch our home team clinch a berth to the NBA Finals was enough motivation. Unfortunately, the game did not […]
“If you can play, they’ll find you.” It’s the exact statement that my father would always say to me in high school. See, I attended a VERY small Christian school where college coaches weren’t exactly lining up at the door of our basketball games. As a matter of fact, I graduated with only 16 people […]
I wanted to start this blog to document my journey and tell some of my story of how I got to where I am. I am not a writer by any means, but I look forward to what’s in store. My word that I seek to embody is consistency. I believe it is vital if […]
This season, the Portland Trail Blazers had 3 of the most explosive guards in the NBA in Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum (Most Improved Player), and Allen Crabbe (6th Man of the Year Candidate), as they were 1 of 5 NBA teams to have 2 guards in the top 25 in points off screens. Crabbe made […]
This play from Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics caught my eye this season because of its simplicity and effectiveness. This BLOB is a quick-hitter Boston runs often and when executed perfectly, is a great action to get a shot. With Coach Stevens at the helm, the Celtics finished 2015-2016 ranked 3rd in the NBA […]
If anyone has watched me during NBA games at my regular seat behind the bench, I usually get the question – what are you doing? People see me observing the game and keeping notes, but they don’t know the work involved from quarter to quarter and how that translates to helping a player with their […]
I had dabbled in football cards a couple of years earlier – yielding a 1976 Topps Walter Payton rookie card, among others – but my first foray into set collecting was 1979 Topps baseball. I was nine. This was years before Cardageddon, circa 1987, when the glut arrived and the cardboard became worthless (fitting that […]
I was freelance writing with USA Today back in 2010 while living in Portland and covering basketball, the NBA and Portland Trail Blazer when I received an email from author, Kyle Keiderling. Kyle was preparing to release a book on the late Hank Gathers that February, telling the story about his rise from the rough […]
My 9-year old daughter, Piper, didn’t want to hear the story again. Neither did my wife, Emily, for that matter. But this morning at breakfast as my 6-year old daughter, Stella, was reading a school book about pigs, I couldn’t help but think about my dad and something he taught me back in high school […]
A year ago today, I made the official jump. I moved away from the media side of the basketball landscape to the business and operations end of the spectrum. It has not been easy, but it has certainly been rewarding. The thought of turning back and giving in entered my mind often, especially in those […]
Thank you very much to those who reached out with questions on shooting and player development since the last Knock It Down blog post. It’s always great to talk basketball and share what I’ve learned working as a shooting coach the last 26 years, with 8 of those years working in the NBA. I look […]
One of the main reasons I wanted to launch this Knock It Down project was not only to share my philosophy as a shooting coach through the years, but also to continue to learn from the players I work with and people I interactive with around the game.
Do you have a straight shooting arm? That might be a weird question to randomly ask someone, but for basketball players the answer is actually part of the process in becoming a better shooter. But what does “straight shooting arm” mean and look like? And what are the steps to having a straight shooting arm?
Every now and again, I’ll be catching up with those who call sports or elements of sports their job, profession, livelihood — to help give those outside of the business a better understanding of what goes on around the game. Earlier this week when I read the report about the Miami Dolphin’s signing former German […]
One time I made a huge mistake, and now I can’t help but look back and laugh about it. It was in February, 2007 during my time working for the NBA Development League as the shooting coach, where I would travel from team to team and work with players. On this particular day, I had driven from […]