Help the Helper in Basketball ( Videos )

Help the Helper:
“The real lessons of teamwork don’t happen on camera. They happen behind the closed doors of locker rooms and team meetings and practice facilities. Kevin and John open those closed doors. All you need to do is get reading!” —Larry Bird

“Help the helper” is a basketball motto preached by some of the sport’s legendary coaches, including Dean Smith and Phil Jackson. All good players know they should support a teammate who’s under pressure. But the true greats know how to take it one step further. They fill the gaps left behind when one teammate goes to help another—gaps that are often far from the bas­ket and out of the spotlight. The true greats step up in quiet ways to make sure no subtle holes develop on defense and no opportunities are missed on offense.

Help the Helper will show you how to put this level of teamwork to work in your business, to build a cul­ture that recognizes and rewards those who help the helper—even when they don’t have sexy statistics. In the process, it will teach you how to de-emphasize the CEO/quarterback/superstar and effectively redefine leadership. You’ll learn, for instance, how to:

Create a dynasty of unselfishness.
Manage energy, not people.
Eat obstacles for breakfast.
Act like an “unleader.”

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This term has a literal meaning, help your teammate who is helping someone else. Nothing kills a team defense like not helping the helper. Because guess what? The helper stops helping. He’s not going to leave his man to help you if he thinks no one else has his back. This is more of a general defensive term but it’s key to defending pick and rolls. Here is Kawhi Leonard stepping in and helping the helper.

Consider how it works in the hospitality industry. In a great restaurant you don’t have to wait for your server to check on you; your needs are taken care of instantaneously, sometimes before you notice them. Everyone from the busboy to the maître d’ has one goal: the success of the team. Such coordination seems complicated for a small eatery, nearly impossible for a large organization. But it’s easier than you think.

For a combined forty years, Pritchard and Eliot have focused on building high-performing groups. They’ve crushed Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000-Hour Rule, logging upward of 50,000 hours studying the factors that create champions and dynasties, from the NBA and Major League Baseball to the Fortune 500. Exhaustive testing, scouting, and evaluating have taught them that truly special teams in all fields have one common denominator: a willingness to do what­ever it takes to help the helper.

Drawing on true and inspirational stories from sports to medicine to business, Help the Helper shows what’s behind the curtain that fuels great team performance.
Continue reading: Help the Helper: Building a Culture of Extreme Teamwork by Kevin Pritchard and John Eliot ~ http://amzn.to/2zk94Ht (external link)

Plays We Love: How To Help The Helper

In summary, in a basketball game, helping the helper might play out like this:

  • There is a primary action on the court—for example, a guard brings the ball up the court. However, the guard ("ballhandler") is facing a pressing defense and is having a hard time getting across the half-court line to avoid a back-court penalty.
  • To free the ball-handler, a teammate (the helper) leaves his designated spot on the floor to set a screen. * However, the helper left the spot where he would otherwise catch a pass to avoid a backcourt penalty. Now, there's no one there and the team risks turning the ball over on a penalty.
  • Seeing the gap left on the floor, you run to the open spot, catch a press-breaking pass from the ball-handler and help the team avoid a back-court penalty. You have just helped the helper.

Fundamentals of help the Helper


210817 ~ About What is Help-Side Defense?

What is Help-Side Defense?
A [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basketball|~~#006400:basketball ~~] defense fundamental in which a defensive player who is two passes away from the ball adjusts his defense to help another teammate defend the ball handler.

Sporting Charts explains Help-Side Defense
To understand help-side defense , first you have to understand what the help-side is. The help-side, also known as the weak-side of the court, is the area of the court away from the ball (and therefore the ball handler). In man-to-man defense , a defensive player on the help-side is typically already guarding another player (and in zone, guarding a specific area). In order for that defensive player to provide help-side defense, he must maintain his current defense while also helping to prevent a drive to the basket by the ball handler.

The best practice for help-side defense is for the helping defender to move away from his own man or defensive assignment towards the center of the court, but only enough to deny a clear lane to the basket, while also close enough to return to his original defensive assignment. Most coaches will teach defenders to drop about a step below the line of the ball and open up their body, so that when they are facing away from the basket, they can see both the player they are guarding and the ball in their peripheral vision. By not being too far away from their assignment and being closer to the defender they are helping, they have enough time to react and defend either a pass or a drive to the weak side.
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Basketball  (external link)
Basketball Tip: Helping the helper on defense  (external link)
Fundamentals of Help the Helper  (external link)
Help the Helper: Building a Culture of Extreme Teamwork by Kevin Pritchard and John Eliot  (external link)
How do I teach helping the helper and rotations in man defense?  (external link)
BBALLBREAKDOWN  (external link)

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