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Episode 284: Josh King, Full Court Pressing and Playing in the Open Court
Episode 2846th September 2023 • The Basketball Podcast • Chris Oliver
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Guest: Josh King, MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg Head Coach

MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg head coach Josh King shares insights on full-court pressing and playing in the open court.

Josh King led Ludwigsburg to the playoffs in each of his three seasons as an assistant coach. In his first season as head coach, he led the team to a record of 22-12 overall and 12-6 in conference play in 2022-23

Josh King began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Vassar College, where he spent two seasons. He then moved on to become an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for two seasons before joining the staff at the University of South Florida for three seasons. 

King switched to professional basketball and became John Patrick 's assistant coach at the German Bundesliga club MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in 2018 . He contributed to the team becoming German runners-up in 2020 and finishing the Bundesliga season 2020-21 in first place in the main round. Ahead of the 2021-22 season, King took up the post of head coach at Czech Premier League side USK Prague. With Prague he reached the quarterfinals of the Czech Championship in 2022. After a season in the Czech Republic, King returned to Ludwigsburg, became the new head coach of the Bundesliga club and thus succeeded Patrick.


1:00 - Starting Practice Late

5:00 - Positionless

6:00 - Recruiting for Professional Level

8:00 - Pressing Style

9:00 - Playing in Open Court

11:00 - Coaching in Europe

12:30 - Pressing System

17:00 - Trapping and Forcing in Middle

20:00 - 8-Seconds

21:00 - Defensive Pressing System

22:48 - 23:51 - Hoopsalytics Ad 3

24:00 - Mistakes Make During Press

25:00 - Weak Hand Rule

28:00 - Fly By Concept

29:30 - Mindset

31:00 - Communication Cues

33:00 - Analytics for Press

35:00 - Fouling and FIBA World Cup

37:00 - Pressing and Transition Defense

39:00 - Toughest to Defend

41:00 - Ball Screen Coverage

45:00 - Advices for Coaches

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