What It Means to Be “All In”

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As a special bonus, a section of Spencer’s interview with ESPN Analyst Jay Bilas is included at the end.


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Reads & Reactions

by Rick Torbett (@RickTorbett)

READ: Your best player goes down with an injury.
REACTION: The team begins to win.

This team is in their third year of running my offensive system called the Read & React. (Maybe after the third year, I shouldn’t call it “my” system anymore. The coach and the team have made it their own by the third year!)

This team’s leading scorer, leading 3-point shooter, and 5th leading scorer in their conference goes down for the season with an injury. This player is everything you cheer for: good kid, hard worker, dedicated, talented, good sportsmanship, competitive, intelligent, etc, but then the team wins five games in a row. That strikes me as unusual. Just like any other coach, I would rather have a talent like this playing than not! So, what possible dynamics are going on?

Observation: In their last win, five of the players scored in double figures.


  1. Is the ball being shared more?
  2. Could it be that the team is now motivated to work together and not depend on one particular player to “bail them out” or carry too much of the load?
  3. Is this a case that illustrates “the sum is greater than the parts?”
  4. Are there any other teams out there that could benefit from this lesson without losing a key player to learn it?

Please share your answers, thoughts, experiences in the comment section below!

3 Responses

  1. I felt that our offense had more of a flow to it, when a particular player was out, even more when two players were out of the game at the same time. Both of them were our top 2 players on the team. The one player was our pg, and was a great driver to the basket. He could get by anyone most of the time. The problem was is that, when he became more and more successful at it, that was all he did. So, he became a little bit of a black hole and our cuts became unimportant, which was a big part of our offense. We were able to create more from passing the ball around, and made the defense have to play us longer.

    1. Matt – I would show the point-guard-penetrator that his chances for a clean-99%-chance-of-making-it-to-goal goes WAY up when the ball and players can be moved around a little bit first. Defenders get out of position, bad close-outs occur, and big gaps of Real Estate are created. Appeal to his desire to SCORE MORE by “shuffling the deck” a little bit first. Check out READ & REACT OPPORTUNITY DRIVES and see if you think that it would help to sell him and any other player with penetrating skills.

  2. My team improved this season at Rick’s comment above. Now having Varsity players who have had the most reps in this offense helped a ton, and i had one individual that had off the chart Bball IQ which didn’t hurt.

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