More than 300 coaches were in attendance over the two back to back evening clinics at CitySport in London and were treated to highly informative insights lead by USA Basketball's Director of Coach Development, Don Showalter.
The event, which was organised by the National Basketball Association in partnership with Basketball England, saw eight-time USA basketball gold medallist coach Don Showalter deliver three top quality clinics. Monday night's session concentrated on ‘teaching skills for young players’ and looked at key fundamentals for players aged 12 and under. Tuesday saw Coach Showalter present a classroom session on developing team culture, specifically for coaches active within the Basketball England player pathway. The final session of the evening was to concentrate on defensive transition and fast break developments as a key element of youth basketball.
Attendees were also given an insight into the training court work of NBA teams through two informative session by Philadelphia 76ers Assistant Coach Billy Lange and Boston Celtics Assistant coach Jamie Young.
For those that couldn’t attend, David Salisbury has kindly allowed us to share his take on the clinics which are available on his blog here:
Basketball England’s Delivery Manager Brian Aldred stated: “I can’t thank Neal Meyer and his team at the NBA Basketball Operations for bringing USA Basketball Director of Coach Development, Don Showalter and coaches Billy Lange (Philadelphia 76ers) and Jamie Young (Boston Celtics) to deliver two days of really high-quality clinics. lt was fantastic to see so many coaches here at CitySport each evening, clinics like this are such unique learning experiences for all Basketball England affiliated coaches.”
Basketball England would like to express its gratitude to Neal Meyer, Henry Utku, Vanja Cernivec and Alex Sarama of the NBA for making the clinic a possibility, as well as Sterling Muschett and players from the City of London Academy and Gary Maitland for their assistance with the demo teams.
Thanks to @bballengland @NBA @NBAUK @Nike @NikeUK for great two days of basketball coaching clinics in London. 29 years as a player taught me learning is never-ending process! No matter if as a player or coach🏀🔝#nbalondongame2018 pic.twitter.com/sOt5d8f8Gs— Tereza Brantlova
Shout out to @dshow23 @usabasketball Billy Lange @sixers Jamie Young @celtics for a really valuable 2 days @ the #NBACoachingClinic London.— Lewis Gabriele
Credit to @NBA & @bballengland for making it happen! #Development #AlwaysLearning #NBALondon
Great two days of the NBA Coaching Clinic provided by @NBA & @bballengland || Learned a lot from some of the best coaches in the game 🏀 @usabasketball @celtics & @sixers || #Growth #Development #Coaching #BspAcademy #CoachBnice pic.twitter.com/TTSarzdFQB— Brian Nguru