Archive for December, 2007

Mastering Pick and Roll

-Basketball 101-

John Stockton is the NBA’s all-time leader in assists (15,806) and in steals (3,265). It’s true that he had Karl Malone next to him, but his ability to use the screen and roll to a level of perfection made this duo one of the deadliest ever.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Can you create a shooting situation every time you play screen and roll?
  • Are you afraid of the trap or hedge? Are you just looking to get the ball away from you as fast as you can?
  • Can you find the open man?
What Should I Do?
Here are some Practical Tips …

Screen and roll is one of the toughest situations to defend, if the offense team masters this play.

  • Don’t rush it; you need time to read the situation.
  • Try to start the play where you can take the shot. If the defender is going under the screen, make him pay.
  • It doesn’t matter what kind of a solution the defense is trying: hedge, switch, trap… someone is going to be open or with a mismatch you want to take advantage of.
  • If there is a trap, it is most likely that one of your teammates will have a better passing angle to the big guy.
  • If you started to drive and can’t finish, the corner man is waiting for the shot. He is w-i-d-e open.
  • At least 25% of the time you need to fake and go to the same side you came from. No one will expect that.

Practice the above, with a help of a friend. Play the screen and roll and each time use a different option: drive, drive-and-dish, drive-and-kick to the corner, etc.

Source: Basketball IntelliGym Tips


Israeli scientists put Bible on chip smaller than pinhead

Agence France-Presse
Last updated 11:56pm (Mla time) 12/18/2007

JERUSALEM — Israeli scientists said on Tuesday they have created the world’s smallest Bible, fitting a Hebrew-language version of the holy book on a gold-coated silicon chip smaller than a pinhead.

Researchers from Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology, were able to pack the 308,428-word Hebrew Bible — known to most as the Old Testament — on a 0.5 millimeter square, Ohad Zohar, who directed the project, told Agence France-Presse.

“This is the world’s tiniest Bible,” Zohar said. “The Guinness Book of World Records has a Bible 50 times bigger.”

The scientists managed their feat by sending focused beams of tiny particles, called gallium ions, onto the surface of the silicon chip.

“By sending a particle beam towards various points on the substrate, we can etch any pattern of points, especially one that represents text,” said Zohar, a physics doctoral student.

The nano-Bible was developed by the Haifa-based institute as part of an educational program aimed at increasing interest in nanoscience among teenagers.

The scientists now want to take pictures of the miniature Bible and blow it up to a seven-by-seven meter (yard) poster, which will make it “possible to read the entire Bible with the naked eye,” he said

The three needs of well-being

Your children have three physical needs that must be met for well-being and they can usually be met with lifestyle changes, not drugs:

Sleep – Dr. Timothy Roehrs, Director of the Sleep Disorders Research Center at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, did a study on young people and found when they get enough sleep, their sensitivity to pain was reduced to the same degree as a tablet of codeine and they were much happier and alert.

Diet – Harvard Medical School professor of psychiatry Dr. Andrew Stoll has found that eating fish can be just as effective as prescription drugs in elevating moods.

Exercise – “I like to say that exercise is like taking a little Prozac or a little Ritalin at just the right moment,” says John J. Ratey, MD, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of A User’s Guide to the Brain. “Exercise is really for the brain, not the body. It affects mood, vitality, alertness, and feelings of well-being.”

Sleep, diet and exercise are the trinity of good physical and emotional health in children. Make sure these three are priorities before resorting to pharmacology.


Thanks Brother Hans

Improving Your Decision-Making Skills

-Basketball 101-

Can I Train My Decision-Making Skills?

Do you commit too many turnovers? Your coach yells at you, and you don’t know what he wants? The coach says you make bad decisions and all you want to do is play better?

One of the most important aspects of the game is making the right decisions on the court. A player can be 5’10 or 6’10, but if he turns the ball over too often he will end up sitting on the bench. Steve Nash is not faster nor is he taller than many other players. Still, he was selected the NBA MVP.

Here are a few insights about decision-making in basketball:

  • Athletic ability will give you an opportunity to play, but smart decisions will keep you on the court.
  • During the offense the coach expects you to pay attention, follow the other players and identify the right opportunity to take the shot. All that while you listen to his instructions.
  • A smart player is one who can think while playing, change his strategy and adapt to the situation on the court.
What Should I Do?
Here are some Practical Tips …

Dribbling is easy for you as is following directions from your coach. But following instructions from the bench while dribbling can be confusing. Try these drills to improve.

Dribble up and down the court; you can mix it up with between the legs or behind the back etc. While you do that start doing the following:

  • Spell the ABCD…Z. That’s going to be easy. Don’t stop the dribble.
  • Spell the ABC backwards ZYXW…A. Beware: it won’t be that easy.
  • When you have this mastered, spell your name, phone no. etc., everything backwards.

This exercise will help you think while you execute other basketball tasks. It will help you to perform better on the court.

Source: Basketball IntelliGym Tips

I Shall Return…

This two weeks are heavy for me… I promise to be back blogging after Dec. 16, 2007. Don’t stop checking my blog people…