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Fast breaks
Larry Brown secondary


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Larry Brown

A fast break helps keep the other team from crashing the boards and pressing. Normally rebound with 3.5 guys, but with only 2.5 if the other team breaks (the point guard always gets back on a shot). It's a fire drill on a steal, blocked shot or long rebound, run the secondary break on a make or other miss. The nearest big inbounds on a make, 2 and 3 run their own lanes. The other big checks for a count to see if there is a press or the point guard is denied, if so go through the big and take off. Otherwise the first big runs down the middle of the floor, posts up, and honours the side the ball is thrown to. The point guard takes it up the middle and the second big is the trailer looking for a 15-18 foot shot, his buddy inside, or to reverse the ball. Get the ball to the baseline to flatten the defence, across to the other side, then inside. Use the same approach against a zone. You can get the ball upcourt quickly and still control tempo.

Run "butter" with 7 seconds or less - a big with the ball would dribble hand-off or pass and ballscreen, they would go 1-4 flat if Iverson had it (the bigs would sometimes screen across), or run a sidescreen or midscreen with someone else.

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Swing

1 passes to 2, who always looks inside. If he passes to 5, 2 doesn't cut, but he moves opposite where his defender goes, or if the defender plays straight up, don't stand, leave a spot, find a spot. 1 has good spacing, 3 gets in vision, 4 dives to the front of the rim. Re-posting is an option on a pass back out.

2 skip passes to 4 and busts to the block. 4 looks inside and swings the ball to 3, 5 chases across.

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2 backscreens for 4 (Brown prefers a backscreen by 2 to a downscreen by 4, although the backscreen tends to be called as a foul in the NBA). 3 can dribble up to improve the angle for the lob pass to 4.

Away

If there is no lob pass, 4 backscreens for 5.

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Kick-back

3 is denied (or a called play), 2 backscreens on the pass back to 1, 4 can basket cut off the screen or ballscreen for 1 (shown).

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Get

4 dribble hand-offs with 3, 2 backscreens for 5, 4 pins down for 2. 3 looks to pass to 1 or 4 pinning down.

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Dive

a) Dive Fist

Automatic if 1 passes to 2 and gets a return pass. 1 reverse dribbles and drives right at 4. It is better for 4 to be late than early, don't go backdoor before 1 can make a play. If 5 is a roll guy, 4 gets out of the lane. If 5 pops (short corner), 4 ducks in from the weakside. 1 and 2 space weakside (they are on a string). 3 may have to walk his man down and get open.

Option - 1 can just reverse dribble without passing to 2.

Phoenix Suns - 4 (Marion) will go to the ballside corner for a 4-out ballscreen, with no punch guy. If is hard to cover the roll man (Stoudemire will slip if his defender shows early).

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b) Dive Post

4 dives, buttonhooks at the rim to post up, 5 comes high, look for a hi-lo if 4 is fronted.

Run against a zone.

The Spurs will run dive post or kickback with Duncan in the 4 spot, and dive fist with him at the 5 spot.

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c) Dive Yao Ming

1 throws back to 2 who looks inside for 4, 5 comes high.

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d) Dive Hold

3 is overplayed. 4 and 3 backcut, 3 can post up (Rip Hamilton).

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Iverson series (he is #2)

High screen - 1 calls 4 over for a ballscreen.

a) Drag


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2 backscreens for 4 and pops for a pass. 2 looks inside to 4 or makes a play.

If 2 drives middle, 1 rotates behind instead of flaring weakside (come back on a negative pass).

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b) Drag Hold

2 buttonhooks for a pass from 4, no backscreen.

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c) Drag Special

After 2 backscreens for 4.

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Horns

Option - Horns Fist, 4 or 5 then ballscreens for 2 (4 can screen for 5 who then ballscreens).


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Horns Bump

3 stays, 5 backscreens for 4 on the pass to 2 then pops (option - 5 then ballscreens for 2).

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Flex

A Dean Smith automatic when the ball came back to 1 from 2.

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High Screen

1 reverses at 4's ballscreen, 5 buttonhooks.

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Quick

A called play, or when both bigs are trailing.

Option - 1 dribble clears 2, 5 ballscreens for 1.

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Double

5 and 4 double screen, 5 rolls chest to the ball and 4 pops. If X5 jumps out to help on 2, 2 passes to 4 who lobs to 5.

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