When facing defensive pressure in the full court, a team must be able to recognize and take advantage of the type of press being applied. Whether facing a zone or man press, the system or systems implemented must ensure team spacing and timing not only to maintain possession, but to take full advantage and thrive against the extended defense.
Please click below For a practical application of the Values Based Basketball Philosophy to the selection of OFFENSIVE TEAM SYSTEMS
The transition from
offensive systems to defensive systems takes place whenever the opponent gains
possession through a violation, a defensive rebound, or a turnover during game
play. When this "transition" occurs it becomes necessary to immediately apply defensive team principles in response to the opponent’s primary offensive break.
Whenever possible it
is in a team's best interest to practice and play pressure defence. Landers (2005) states that pressing is necessary in preparing players. Firstly it is preparation for when you will
need to press late in games. How can
players be asked to press if they do not practice pressing? Secondly, it provides opportunity to prepare
on how to handle the press. For these
reasons pressing systems are implemented from the beginning of the year once
again beginning with man, and loading additional zone principles if and when
players are ready.
There are important
moments within a game that decide momentum and eventually the winning
team. In considering the defensive
approaches to such situations there are a few factors which every coach and player
must be aware of. The score, time
remaining, and team fouls are all factors that determine the defensive strategy
of a team late in a game.