Coach Mike Moreau, Director of the IMG Academy basketball program, had his most recent column posted on Hoopsworld.
The topic of this installment: Steve Nash
From a coaching standpoint, you watch a player like Nash and ask, "How can I create a drill that teaches players to do what he does?" For some of it, you can - a pass fake on the drive, the stutter step change of speed. But, for a lot of it, you can't. It's uniquely Steve Nash, and it's what makes him great. It would be like trying to teach someone to be Brett Favre.
In last night's game against Boston, one of the top defenses in the league, Nash had but four field goals. But, each was a masterpiece, with a double-digit degree of difficulty. There was nothing easy about any of these baskets, only Nash made it look that way:
10:03 1st Quarter
Nash catches in the deep left corner in transition. Rasheed Wallace closes from the top side to prevent the three, which he should. Nash shot fakes, drives baseline, and spins Rasheed completely around in a circle, a complete 360, like a defensive back biting on a double move. Kendrick Perkins is in position to help, and stops the baseline attack. Nash hits Perkins with a crossover and heads for the middle of the lane. Typically, this is when most penetrating guards will back off and kick the ball back out. Not Nash. He continues his dribble all the way across the lane, looks at both his perimeter teammates to freeze the help defenders, gives a little hesitation fake, and hits a fadeaway jumper off the glass. Perkins is left flailing late at the shot, with the familiar "How'd he do that?" look on his face.