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The Basketball Podcast

Nov 6, 2019

Ross McMains, New Zealand Basketball’s Offensive System

Guest: Ross McMains, New Zealand National Team Assistant Coach 


In this week’s coaching conversation, New Zealand national team assistant coach Ross McMains joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss the offensive system New Zealand implemented during the 2019 Basketball World Cup.


McMains, who has been in various roles in the G-League and NBA, is currently an assistant coach with the New Zealand national team as well as an assistant coach with Melbourne United in the Australian NBL.


His coaching career in the NBA began as a special assistant – a role that saw him focus on player development – with the Sacramento Kings for the 2012–13 NBA season, before spending the next two seasons with Sacramento's D-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns.


He returned to New Zealand in 2015 and was named assistant coach for the New Zealand Tall Blacks. He went on to win the NZNBL Coach of the Year as head coach of the Taranaki Mountainairs in 2016. From there, he returned to the United States and spent two seasons in the NBA G League as an assistant coach with the Santa Cruz Warriors and Westchester Knicks, before joining the New York Knicks for the 2018–19 season as a player development coach.



1:30 - Offensive Advantage Pie Chart

3:30 - Dominos

6:00 - Increasing recognitions

9:00 - One of the Fastest Pace Teams

13:00 - Buy-ins

16:00 - Triggers

19:00 - Progression on the Practice

21:00 - Handoffs without Dribbles

24:00 - Cross Angles

28:00 - Process of Working Hard as a Coaching Staff

32:00 - Handshake

34:00 - Defining Shot Selection for Players

36:00 - The coverage solutions

40:00 - Measuring the Track of the Analytics

43:30 - Evaluation in terms of the Analytics

46:00 - Percentage Shots and Player Evaluation

49:00 - Players Who are Hard on Themselves

51:30 - Struggle of Traditional Bigs

54:00 - Advantages

56:00 - Melbourne United Basketball

58:00 - Conclusion


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