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Episode 113: Josh Longstaff, Installing A Defense
Episode 11326th May 2020 • The Basketball Podcast • Chris Oliver
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Episode 113: Josh Longstaff, Installing A Defense

Guest: Josh Longstaff, Milwaukee Bucks Assistant Coach

Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Josh Longstaff joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss installing a defense. Coach Longstaff shares insights on defensive identity, defensive buckets, how they teach, how they use video, and a deeper discussion of their adjustments.

Longstaff was previously the head coach of the Erie BayHawks, and an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks. Prior to joining the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2010, he spent five years as a high school coach – two seasons as the head coach at Gorham High School and three seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater of Portland High School

Longstaff joined the New York Knicks after spending four seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was previously an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

He originally joined the Thunder as player personnel and video coordinator, then spent his final three seasons as video analyst and player development coach. He joined the Latvia national basketball team for the summer of 2017 so he could work with Kristaps Porziņģis during EuroBasket 2017. 

In 2017, he was named the first head coach of the expansion Erie BayHawks, the Atlanta Hawks' NBA G League affiliate. After one season and leading the team to the conference finals, he was hired as assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks.


1:00 - Unique Things That Bay Hawks Culture brought from him

3:00 - Defensive Identity

5:00 - Process of Getting Defensive Identity

7:00 - Keeping Players Accountable

9:00 - Installing a Defense and Defensive Transition

12:00 - Teaching a Closeout to NBA Players

14:00 - The Simplicity about Defensive Install

17:00 - Post Defense and Covering Pick and Rolls

20:00 - Individual Defense and Defensive Schemes

23:00 - Adjustments within the Practice

25:00 - Small Ball on Defense

25:50 - 26:50 - ARMCHAIR MEDIA BetOnline AD

27:30 - Personnel and Opponent's Personnel

29:00 - Defense at NBA Level

32:00 - Baseline Inbound Defense and Sideline

36:00 - Informal Conversations about Basketball

38:00 - Coaching Defense within Offense vs Defensive Play

40:00 - Film

42:00 - Best Practices in Terms of Getting Points Across

44:00 - Install of a Defensive Game Plan

46:00 - Walkthrough on Offense versus Defense

49:00 - Intervention to a Specific Player and Adjustments

52:00 - Conclusion

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