As a 5x NBA Champion with the Bulls, and 3x Champion as a coach of the Warriors, Steve Kerr knows basketball about as well as anyone. So when he mentioned soccer as a starting point for youth basketball players, more than a few ears were listening.
Here is what he said in a chat on the “Men in Blazers” podcast:
“I would make every player coming through the youth basketball program play football because it translates directly. The problem in basketball today [is] the young players are coming up and they just try to beat everybody one-on-one with the dribble. They’re unbelievably gifted dribbling the ball, but they don’t understand the pass and the move. Which is what football would teach them.”
— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) November 10, 2019
Perhaps no sport emphasizes team play like soccer does. Each player must work together and combine their talents to score a goal. It involves passing, selflessness, and a true understanding of the game.
In basketball, isolation offense is over-glorified, and young players are often incentivized to not only rack up their numbers on the stat sheet but also do things entirely on their own.
It’s easy to see how a basketballer could learn a thing or two from a game that is treasured by the world. Kerr may be on to something here…