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At 11:55pm on November 6, 2010, Bennie Jackson said…
Thanks Sam,

I am looking at the cost of RB's program, but I think it is a good program. Right now I am coaching a minor league pro team here in Atlanta, but I aspire to get back to the college level. I look forward to getting to know you as well. The one thing I have learned about coaching is that it is not what you know, but who you know. So network a lot.
At 3:25am on November 5, 2010, Paul Doevendans said…
Hi Sam, are there any prep schools that are decent for education and basketball but lets say casual in the traditional Aussie way?
At 11:39pm on November 4, 2010, Bennie Jackson said…
Sam you will learn a lot in your current position. I hear a lot of good things about Randy Brown and i am going to join his program.
At 1:27pm on November 4, 2010, Forrest McKinnis said…
Sam, I really need you to post your blog with a specific URL in order to add it to our list on the website. I use a couple of 'free' options to blog with SQUIDOO and Let me know if you set something up with either or both of these places and I will post the URL on our website, as well as share it in the newsletter.
At 11:31am on November 4, 2010, Forrest McKinnis said…
Sam, I just launched my basketball newsletter which goes out to over 500 coaches bi-monthly and I am always looking for guest author's contributing to build breadth and depth. Would you be interested in constructing a article unique for the newsletter to be published on November 15th?
At 6:27pm on October 28, 2010, Forrest McKinnis said…

What is the URL of your blog? I'd like to review it for possible placement on our website.

Forrest McKinnis
Coach Mac's Basketball Playbooks
At 3:38pm on October 11, 2010, Forrest McKinnis said…
Sam, once you get your blog up let me know and I will at it to the links on my site. I am always about providing a rich and diverse resource library for coaches at all levels.
At 9:00pm on October 10, 2010, Alfred Smith "Pete" Landry said…
Hey Sam:

Very interesting. I'll try to tell you exactly how I find I get the best rythm and am able to use the most effective muscle memory on my free throw. Though I am right handed, I like to dribble the ball from my right hand to my left, then I fluidly bring it up to the right hand which is placed mostly on top of the ball, don't forget the knee bend, and , without any breaks or hitches, the shoulder, elbow, wrist and the ends of the fingers almost need only guide the ball on a nice arcing soft shot to the basket. I find that the lower I get my hands involved in the free throw, the less I have to judge how far to shoot the shot. The momentum almost has the shot shooting itself with your fingers guiding it. It feels very natural and the shot is one fluid motion from beginning to end.
I find that if I start the shot further up, the muscle memory has less time to activate, and I feel there is no time for correction and not as much time to get the "feel" of the shot.
I use this only on free throws as there is no danger of getting the ball swatted away when it is coming up off the dribble.
I have found I can more easily shoot 10/10 this way.



on my free throw
At 4:30pm on October 10, 2010, Forrest McKinnis said…
Sam, thanks for the friend request. Looks as though you have a great deal of early experience in coaching.

Forrest McKinnis
Coach Mac's Basketball Playbooks
At 2:26pm on October 10, 2010, Alfred Smith "Pete" Landry said…
Hey Sam:
Thanks for noticing me.
I swear, your shot looks like mine. Sweet. I have spent a lot of years mastering shooting "footwork"- being able to square up in an instant, and details like bringing the ball up to your shot with either the left hand or the right equally well, moving without the ball to get open, and a lightning quick release. I probably don't have the elevation that you have from the floor, but a quick release allows me to get my shot off. Also, being ambidextrous with ball handling is so important. I've learned that the shot begins at your toes and ends at the finger tips.
I've developed a technique for free throws that I think is effective and rythmic. It deals with starting the shot from a dribble and continuing with a fluid motion until the wrist release, rather than starting from the chest area- which allows no "backswing".
I would like to share what I know with kids who want to learn. I have a 12 year old son who is an excellent player. I think he is learning by osmosis, as he gives me hell when I try to show him the least little thing. He has no concept of the value of what I have learned over the years. I haven't figured out what age group I would most enjoy coaching. They would have to be advanced enough to be able to benefit from the detailed technique I would want to teach. I love smart, unselfish players. They don't have to be great leapers or super fast to win. They just have to be smart and have some heart.
Good luck to you with your coaching ambitions. I'll be in the Sacramento area in a couple of weeks on business.


At 2:11pm on June 1, 2010, Mark Liles said…
I am from Manteca but now live here in Riverside.
At 6:44am on June 1, 2010, Boris Ilievski said…
Hi Sam Thanks to adding me,best regards from Iceland
At 4:00pm on April 15, 2010, Gary Matthews said…
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I become affiliated with C.H.A.M.P.S. and the Founder/CEO, Mark Gleason, through a networking site called Sports Marketing 2.0. Mark's story about how he got started in this business caught my attention because it all too often continues to repeat itself today; great athletes being overlooked and having to end their athletic careers prematurely, due to lack of exposure.

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Gary Matthews
Regional Scouting Associate – Baltimore, MD.
C.H.A.M.P.S. Inc.


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