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Episode 102: Mike Procopio, Dominate Simple
Episode 10231st March 2020 • The Basketball Podcast • Chris Oliver
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Episode 102: Mike Procopio, Dominate Simple

Guest: Mike Procopio, Director at the Hoop Consultants 

In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, director at the Hoop Consultants Mike Procopio joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss how to dominate simply in basketball player development. Mike served as a player development coach, and the directory of player development for the Dallas Mavericks from 2013-2019. 

Among his many achievements, Procopio served as a Strategic Game Management Coach for Kobe Bryant from 2009-2012, breaking down his game film as well as giving him insight on upcoming opponents. Bryant won two NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers during the four-year period. “He’s my Jack Bauer,” said Bryant in a 2010 Sports Illustrated article. “He gave me all the edits and scouting reports and wrote defensive rotations of the Celtics. He was my eyes and ears, so when I played the game I’d use all the scouting reports and all the information. And it was huge for me.”

In addition to working with Bryant, Procopio served as an NBA Player Development Coach with ATTACK Athletics from 2003-2013 and was an assistant coach for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League (now known as the G League) from 2009-2010. He has also worked at several Nike Grassroots Basketball Camps and Skills Academies both in the USA and China since 1996.


1:00 - 100 Possession NBA Game

2:30 - Dominate Simple

6:00 - Player-Led Stuff

11:00 - Best Shot at the Rim that is not a Layup

13:00 - One-Foot vs Two-Foot

14:00 - Floaters

17:00 - Shot Outside of the Body

19:00 - Weak hand dominance 

20:30 - Initiating the contact

23:00 - Shot Fakes for Younger Players

26:00 - Shot Fake

28:30 - Stab Dribble

30:00 - Philosophy About Shooting

33:00 - One-Foot Layups

34:30 - Understanding Change of Feet

35:00 - Keeping eyes on the players on workouts

38:00 - Repetition and Correction

43:00 - Strength and Conditioning

47:00 - Biggest Takeaways Working with Rick Carlisle

49:00 - Insights from watching Dirk Nowitski

53:00 - Routine

56:00 - Conclusion

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