This is a pretty old video I’d forgotten all about. It’s from the first year we ran the Dribble Drive, when I was in England. We were playing undefeated Leeds Carnegie, in probably the most perfect game any of my teams have ever played.
After the first quarter we had been called for 10 fouls and Leeds had only been called for one and we were down only 21-18. At the break I had a quiet word with the referees, where they didn’t get to say much, and things evened out.
At the end of the game we were down one, with Leeds having the ball, but also having to shoot before time expired. We blocked them twice in the key with 10 seconds to go (I don’t know why they shot the second shot), got the ball back, and a kick-back from point guard Simon Mitchell to shooting guard James Harris won the game.
It’s just a reminder that the fundamentals of the Dribble Drive can win you unexpected games.
Even if you run the Dribble Drive there are many reasons you might want to run two post players at the same time. You might have great size, or you might have two players who are not able to play on the perimeter, who you want to play together.
Playing two post players doesn’t necessarily mean abandoning your Dribble Drive principles, however.
On any entry into the post, when you have two post players, just continue using the principles of the Dribble Drive post player movement.
If O5 makes a move to the middle O4 relocates under the basket, just like a middle drive in the 4-out Dribble Drive.
This will either draw X4 away from the help or leave O4 open under the basket.
If O5 makes a move to the baseline O4 T’s up – just like on a baseline drive in the 4-out Dribble Drive.
For the last almost two seasons I’ve been the head coach of the Aalborg Vikings in the Basketball League in Denmark, Europe. I took over mid-season for the first year, and we weren’t able to run the Dribble Drive, as we had to focus on defense.
For year two we started out running the Dribble Drive but mid season we replaced our import players with three new ones. I didn’t think we’d have time to teach it to the new players in time for the playoffs, so we went with set plays.
However, we ran a lot of set plays and quick hitters out of the Dribble Drive formation, as we were already used to playing out of that set.
Now I’ve made the transition to the GM job in the club, so I’m going to share the best of those quick hitters with you this summer. Some are in the Dribble Drive book I published, but this first one is not.
Zone Lob Play
This is a very simple screen-the-zone alley-oop lob play against most zones except the 1-3-1. One TV-announcer told me this season that he couldn’t figure out why the other teams didn’t catch on to it, as we used it every time we faced zone defense.
The answer to that question is in the deception. All of the real action takes place behind the defense and away from the ball:
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One thing I hear a lot of questions about are the various DVD sets about the Dribble Drive Motion. Are they any good? Are they good enough? Who are they for? Below I’m reviewing some of the best known Dribble Drive DVD’s on the market.