Basketball Systems, Skills & Drills

Press breaks
Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch

In breaking presses, keep things as similar to normal transition offence as possible.

1) Breaking Zone Presses

a) Regular press break

Backside 3 stays in the backcourt so they have a player to swing the ball to.

On an inbounds pass, 4 steps onto the court as an outlet option for the ball.

1 looks for 2 up the sideline then 5 in the middle .

5 steps forward to meet a pass, in the backcourt. Once the ball advances past the three-point line, 5 can begin to look for gaps that may be past halfcourt.

(Dribbling across halfcourt may be another option for 1.)

If 2 and 5 aren't open, check the ball down to 4, who looks for 5 then swings the ball to 3.

When in doubt, check down.

3 looks to skip pass to 2, hit 5 in the middle, or dribble across halfcourt.

If none of these options is available, check down again.

(Option) - while there is a sideline option on the first side of the floor, 3 does not have an option up the sideline after ball reversal, 2 can cross the floor up the ballside sideline (e.g. if 3 is double-teamed), see below.

See Press breaks - Dave Odom (Press attack), Canada Basketball, and Middle (for a full rotation).

b) Stretch Alignment

Backside 3 moves into the frontcourt to stretch the defence, and 4 comes in weakside (a 2-1-2 set).

The stretch alignment can force a back defender to cover both sidelines, cause longer coverage rotations on a check-down pass, and probably lower the threat of a denied inbound pass.

Options are the same - sideline, middle, check down (a skip pass to 3 becomes another option).

On a check-down pass, 4 looks sideline, middle, skip pass to 2.

(Dribbling across halfcourt may be another option.)

Player skills affect a decision to use the stretch alignment.

See Press breaks - 2-1-2.

2) Breaking Man Presses

Use the regular alignment.

Try to get the ball to the point guard right away, then "give it room to breathe" (work 1-on-1).

Ideally, 1 can release and catch on the ballside, which they get routinely in live-ball situations.

If denied, 1 face cuts to the other side of the floor.

Posting up his defender is another option, e.g. if 1 is taller or slower than X1, or on a dead ball.

See Middle - 5 flashes back if 1 is not open on the face cut.

3 and 5 are ready to help, as the probability of 1 being denied is higher.

In most cases, a flash by 5 is not needed.

See Hoop Tactics - on an inbounds pass to 5, 1 would cut up the middle.

3 has point-guard status, with room to work 1-on-1, and a check-down option to 4.

2 changes sides of the floor to be a sideline option (on the first side of the floor).

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