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Building a Champion: Fundamentals of Basketball DVD series.
featuring Los Angeles Lakers coaching staff,
Phil Jackson, Jim Cleamons and Tex Winters.

Video 1: 7 Principles of Passing
A Duckett/Cleamons Production
Website: Building a Champion

There are several fundamentals that make the game of basketball easier. The core of many principles comes from a very simple concept, passing the basketball. How many times have you watched a game and wondered why someone made the flashy pass rather than an easy bounce pass? Oh, by the way, the receiver mishandled the pass and missed his layup during the fastbreak. What a waste! So, what pass do you use? What level of play are you at? Who are you passing the ball to? Are you trying to show off or win a basketball game? The list of questions is endless.

The bottom line is you need some principles to follow. This is where the Building a Champion video series steps in. An all star lineup featuring coaching guru Phil Jackson, assistant coach Jim Cleamons, and legendary Tex Winters (remember the triangle offense?) provides some insight into developing a better understanding of the game of basketball.

Phil Jackson provides his wisdom and oversees the video series. His 2 minutes here and there throughout the video are invaluable lesson for the young player and seasoned veteran high school player. Don't take this video too lightly. There is a lot more to it and it takes a couple of viewings to get everything out of the video. This is not a video that will gather dust in your video collection. Jim Cleamons provides the demonstrations and on-court work throughout each chapter that is covered. Coach Tex Winters provides some tips and techniques for developing the core of your individual game.

The coaching staff breaks the principles down into the following:

  • Don't pass through the defender.
  • See and use the passing lanes.
  • Don't use unnecessary motion.
  • Only use fakes for a purpose.
  • Pass the ball to the open side.
  • Pass the ball, Don't massage it!
  • ANTICIPATE, ANTICIPATE, ANTICIPATE!
I could write a dissertation on each principle and turn this review into a really, really long paper. However, I will save the information for Phil Jackson and the Laker's coaching staff to teach you. The video quality is excellent, soundtrack is better than most, voiceovers, transitions, and on-court sessions are clear and dialogue is well done. The overall quality of the video provides an insight into a fundmental that is most of the time taken lightly. I was watching Game 1 of the NBA finals and during a timeout here is Phil Jackson explaining to Kobe, Shaq, Malone, and Payton that they aren't passing the ball often enough or well enough. These professional athletes have respect for Phil Jackson (plus the desire to win a championship helps) to listen and execute. They are playing at the highest level of basketball and Phil Jackson is asking them to do the one of most basic fundamentals, passing the ball.

The name of the video series is Building a Champion. The names associated with the videos are extremely familiar and well respected. I offer this word of warning: MORE. You will want to see more. The Principles of Passing is the first of a 3 video series. I am anxiously awaiting discs 2 and 3.

For more information on the video series, visit Building a Champion,
or call 1-310-344-3893 for more information.

Building a Champion
1601 N. Sepulveda Blvd. #776
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Ph: 310-344-3893
Email: info@bac-video.com


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