Wednesday, October 22, 2008

On Motion Offense

Each basketball player has his own role to fill to achieve the team’s common goal – to win. The shooter shoots, the playmaker sets the team for the shot and the rebounder will make an attempt to control and grab the boards. Basically, every player is left to his own machinations and operates separately, yet all players contribute to win.

Such is the principle of basketball motion offense. Every player has a designation to fill for the benefit of the team. True, not everyone can score. But each can provide an impact for the team. The motion offense allows players to create their own shots and schemes based on what the situations has presented on them. That said, it is not easy to run a motion offense-oriented basketball team.


Because a coach cannot teach a new play during an actual game. In reality, basketball motion offense does not have set plays and call. Just technique and principles and philosophies. How a player reacts whether the defense is playing a zone defense or man-to-man. The teaching happens at practice. In an actual game, the philosophies and principles are put into application.

Teaching and learning the ideologies behind the motion offense is a tedious work, but one that SHOULD be taught to create a team of quick-thinking players who can act independently yet with the element of unity.