This is a great clip of Steve Nash that all players and coaches could learn from as it relates to keeping life simple on the court for players at any position. The cool thing is that when you look at this clip frame by frame, there are so many micro-skills that can be overlooked at normal speed that it has to be slowed down to truly appreciate this drive’s beauty. This clip is an example of how I analyze film and break it down. I ALWAYS watch what the defense is doing to understand WHY. Never predetermine what you’re going to do in basketball. Simply READ AND REACT. Nash was one of the best in the art of deception, pace change, and angles. He especially thrived on always being a threat to pass, shoot or drive every dribble he took, keeping the defense on their heels most of the time. This is something that a lot of players lack nowadays due to the “me, me, me” or 1v1 minded nature of player development. On another note related to simplicity, I see so much complicated training out there that it really blows my mind that people get sold on things that happen once every 4-5 games. I say forget the “bag” and learn to use a series of simple skills to create a “complex game”...not a “complicated game.” Know the difference.
Nash was a great entertainer, however, he worked tirelessly on his fundamentals and everything he did out on the court was simple and complex. He had the depth to his game because he understood what really mattered in games. Too many players and coaches/trainers are chasing the training mixes and the “pro” moves to gain short term success in an already saturated market. They got all the “cool” points but lack substance and understanding of what skills actually matter IN A REAL GAME. This isn’t directed at anyone or anything, just a thought on the training industry as a whole based on how I see kids playing in games and what their development is focused on. Personally, I’ll never compromise simplicity for flash. There’s a reason the greats like Kobe Bryant (RIP) thrived for so long. They obsessed over the simple things. As Bruce Lee says, “I fear not the man that practices a thousand punches one time, but the man who practices one punch a thousand times.”