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The Basketball Podcast

May 22, 2019

Zico Coronel, Reimagining Scouting Reports, and Analogies in Coaching

Guest: Zico Coronel, New Zealand Professional Coach

In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, New Zealand professional coach Zico Coronel joins the podcast to talk about visiting the Houston Rockets, reimaging scouting reports, and using analogies in coaching. Coronel is in his second season as the head coach of the Taylor Hawks in the New Zealand National Basketball League (NBL). In his first season he lead the Hawks to 12 wins and a semi-final berth. This was a drastic improvement as the previous three years the Hawks won 10 games combined.

Prior to becoming head coach of the Taylor Hawks, Coronel served as an assistant coach to the Wellington Saints. There he was the assistant coach to Kevin Braswell who is also head coach of the New Zealand Breakers in the Australian NBL.



1:00 - Travels in North America with the Houston Rockets

2:30 - Houston Rockets Team Practices

4:00 - Individual Workouts

6:00 - James Harden and His Individual Workouts

8:00 - Transfer into the Game and Simplicity

10:30 - Evaluating the Quality of the Shot

13:20 - Other Takeaways from the Houston Rockets

15:00 - Pieces of Advices for Coaches

16:00 - Takeaways from other Coaches

19:50 - Things Coaches Overvalued in Scouting Reports

23:50 - Helping Players Transfer Information

27:00 - Improving Players and Emphasizing Scouting Reports

28:30 - Improving Scouting Reports and Challenge for the Players

31:30 - Not Need to Write Generalities on Scouting Reports

33:50 - Good Thing at the Pro Level and Adaptability

36:30 - Using Metaphors and Analogies to Increase Understanding

38:00 - Snipers, Medieval Torture Racks and Lava

42:00 - "Don't Let The Defense get Close to the Ball when Spacing..."

45:00 - "Take A Hostage" when Defending Ball Screens

47:00 - Crack The iPhone

50:00 - Initiative During Ball Screen

51:30 - The Theory of Subtle Offense

54:30 - North Angle and One Screen

59:00 - Importance of Decision Making

1:01:30 - Other Examples of his Defense

1:04:00 - Subtleties of Offense and Defense

1:07:00 - Brilliant Coaching in NBA

Zico Coronel’s Bio






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