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The Basketball Podcast

Aug 28, 2019

Episode 70: Craig Pedersen, Competing With A Smaller Talent Pool

Guest: Craig Pedersen, Iceland Basketball Men’s Head Coach

In this week’s coaching conversation, Craig Pedersen, the head coach of the Iceland men's national basketball team, joins The Basketball Podcast to discuss competing with a smaller talent pool. Coach Pedersen talks about adjusting playing styles and competing with talent challenges. He also previews some of the teams for the upcoming World Cup of basketball in China.

Craig Pedersen  is a Canadian basketball coach and is one of the longest serving national basketball team coaches in the world. He has coached Iceland, one of Europe's least populated countries, at the EuroBasket 2015 and EuroBasket 2017.

Previously Pederson was the head coach of Svendborg Rabbits from 2003 to 2015 and an assistant coach to the Danish men's national basketball team from 2004 to 2009. In 2014, he was hired as the head coach of the Icelandic men's national basketball team. Pedersen played professionally in Denmark from 1989 to 2003 with Horsens BC, Horsens IC and Skovbakken, winning the Danish championship in 1998.



1:00 - Introduction

2:00 - Challenges in the Icelandic Basketball Men’s National Team

3:30 - Techniques that he found valuable in their System

6:00 - 5-Man

7:00 - Ideas of Switching and Doubling

8:30 - Hard to Post a Smaller Player

9:30 - Double Teaming the Post

10:30 - Things that Cue to Decide to Double Team

11:30 - His Offensive System Adapted on his Roster

13:30 - Intentional Masking

15:00 - Lesson Learned Coaching the National Team 

17:30 - Sticking to what you believing In

19:00 - His team compete at another level

21:00 - Unique Player that he have

23:00 - New Generation of Players vs Past Generation

24:30 - Things to Develop Cutting

27:0 0 - Reading Plays

28:00 - Defending Ball Screens

31:30 - Things in place to help  evaluate the Progress
36:00 - Fitting Players for a Particular Set

38:00 - More Engagement to the People

39:40 - Running Plays in FIBA Games

40:30 - Teams to Watch in the FIBA World Cup

42:00 - Popular Offensive Action and Counters

44:00 - Next Move From Him 


Craig Pedersen’s Bio



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