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The Basketball Podcast

Oct 24, 2018

Liam Flynn, Philosophy and Coaching the Coaches

Guest: Liam Flynn, Assistant Coach with the Sichuan Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association

In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, professional basketball coach and consultant, Liam Flynn joins the podcast. Flynn is currently an assistant coach with the Sichuan Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Coach Flynn has seen the world in his twenty-six years of coaching experience. He has coached in Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and China.

Five Years Coaching experience in German BBL & 2.BBL – s.Oliver Wuerzburg, Dresden Titans, Walter Tigers Tübingen and Gießen 46ers. ProA Champions, 2 Play Off Appearances.

Three Years Head Coaching experience in New Zealand 1st League – Nelson Giants. 2 Playoff Appearances, 1 Grand Final

Five Years Head Coaching experience in Australian 2nd League. – Townsville Heat (Queensland), Sturt Basketball Club (South Australia). 4 Playoff Appearances, 1 Grand Final.

Six years experience as Assistant Coach in Australian National Basketball League (1st league) - Townsville Crocodiles, Adelaide 36ers. 3 Playoff Appearances.




1:00 - Introduction

2:00 - Coaching from 2 Different Countries

3:00 - Similar Philosophy with his same Coach

4:00 - China Influenced by the US Basketball?

5:00 - How he Develop his Coaching Philosophy?

6:00 - Core Values from his Philosophy

7:00 - "Attack with a Pass"

9:00 - Creating an Advantage on the Pick&Roll

10:00 - Mix of Phase and Style of Offense

12:30 - Adaptability of his Personnel

14:00 - Experiences of Coaching

15:00 - Verbal cues and words that he used

18:00 - How he called Plays?

20:00 - Open Questioning in his Coaching Style

22:20 - Involved Players in the Decision Making

24:00 - "Mid Pick&Roll"

25:00 - Spacing before Creating an Advantage

27:00 - Trick to teach students how to be successful in Ball Screen

29:00 - Other Concepts from the Mid Pick&Roll

30:30 - Cutting Off the Ball

32:00 - Full Court Defense

33:00 - Pressure on the Ball

35:00 - Disrupting and making Offense Feel Uncomfortable

36:30 - "If the ball is in the back court and your men is in the backcourt, you are in the backcourt"

38:30 - NBA Summer League Learnings

41:00 - Mike Longabardi’s Teachings to stimulate Coaching

43:00 - Translate to other Levels because of the Spacing

44:30 -  How can coaches get his Videos? and Continuing to Share Coaching Ideas

45:30 - Closing Remarks


Liam Flynn’s Bio





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