In this week’s coaching conversation, NBA shooting coach Rob Fodor joins the Basketball Podcast to share insights on rethinking how and what you teach about shooting.
Rob Fodor is the long-time shooting coach of the Miami Heat. Formerly, he was a coach for the Seattle Storm of the WNBA and the head coach of the Florida Pitbulls of the ABA. He has played college and professional basketball both in the United States and abroad.
During his three years with the Miami Heat, the team has set numerous individual and team-shooting career-highs, both on a percentage and volume basis.
Coach Fodor has coached or taught in Norway, Germany, Spain, Singapore, Slovenia, the ABA, the WNBA, and the NBA. By being a teacher and clinician for over 30 years, Coach Fodor has acquired experience in communicating and reaching players of different types and levels.
Rob Fodor Coach Quotes:
“I was trying to speed the brain up, get the brain to move ahead of the game. And that’s how the game slows down . . your brain is able to start processing things quickly enough to where your decisions are made much more quickly.”
“I call it situational fundamentals . . as teachers, it’s really important to be able to consider your own brain and open it up to what other things are going to be possible, what things are my players struggling with? How do I create a situation for them?”
“The NBA game is about strengths. Very rarely are guys going to their weaknesses. Defenses are always trying to force you to your weakness, but the reason it is a strength is because you can decide, and you can go get it. And those are all skills.”
“We’re demanding our players be able to rattle through all these decisions and mental processing. It’s very important that all of us go through the same process and be expert with it, rather than guessing.”
“How are we going to make that player shoot the ball straight? You have a decision to make: Am I rebuilding? Or am I augmenting? Am I making this player better from where they are? Or do we have to start over and rebuild?”
“If you feel it, you can fix it. I can see something and explain it to a player. Sometimes they’ll feel it, sometimes they won’t. Everything that I do is an explanation, and a ‘why.’ We get really deep into, ‘Why are we doing this? This is how your body works. This is why we’re doing it this way, this is how it’s going to help you.’”
“What we try to do is eliminate direction changes and eliminate inertia breaks . . with regard to the physics, anytime you’re dealing with inertia, loss of energy, you have to recreate energy. If you think about the amount of time it takes to actually get a shot off, if you have to stop, start, stop, start, change directions two or three times, you’ve put a really difficult physics equation out there for yourself.”
“When too many thoughts come into making your decision, you run out of time, I do a lot of drills that eliminate your time for decision.”
“There’s a science to everything. Once you understand the science, you can see something and know which direction things are going and know which directions you need to create.”
“We start stacking things on top of it, then once they become proficient, then we start to challenge the difficulty of it . . I’m always trying to make the task that they’re going to do in a game, the easiest thing that they’ll ever practice.”
“If we’re going to go back to our decisions and processing . . the earlier you see it, the quicker you can make your decision. Rather than getting that narrow focus, we have to take in a lot of stimulus to make a proper decision rather than just the one thing right in front of us.”
“The floater, with the best players in the world, is a low 30% shot. It’s something that you may need if you’re the go-to guy, but from a time standpoint, you can spend your time a lot better on some other things.”
“We’re trying to take away the reaction time, the decision time from the defense, in a game of action reaction. If you’re taking away decision time from the reactor, obviously you’re creating an advantage.”
Rob Fodor Breakdown:
1:00 – Concept on How To Teach
6:00 – Decision To Shoot
8:00 – Importance of Variability within Shooting
15:00 – 5 Words Explaining Shooting
18:00 – Central Programming Generator
18:09 – 18:51 – DR. DISH AD
24:00 – Question Asked on His Players
30:00 – Psychological Safety
32:00 – Lift of the Ball
37:00 – Energy Transfer
40:00 – Perception and Decision
43:00 – Simulate Skills
49:00 – Mix Drills and Guidance
55:00 – Vertical Drop
56:28 – 57:07 – JUST PLAY AD
1:00:00 – Goofy Shots
1:02:00 – Concept of Form Shooting
1:08:00 – Types of Quick
1:13:00 – Being Collaborative
1:18:00 – Conclusion
Rob Fodor Links from the Podcast:
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