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    Why don't they do a full court press in the NBA?

    With only 8 seconds in the back court, why don' they do it?

    Will someone with some basketball experience please explain?

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    Explanations I've heard include that most teams have too many good ball-handlers to allow the press to work properly.
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    What OB said, and even though they are world-class athletes, running a FCP will take a crap-ton out of your players.
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    The other issue is designing one that works. Occasionally you will see a press, but usually only to catch them off guard. Once the press is used a few plays in a row then the other team adjusts and the presses are generally broken pretty easily. I remember they used to press Stockton, knowing they had to get the ball out of his hands, and we ended up often with an open layup or dunk as they broke the press. It just isn't as effective against a professional team as it was for my jr. high schoolers.
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    The Celtics tried it under Rick Pitino and it was an utter failure. You can't get the player's to buy in, too many ball handlers and good passer's, and not enough impact players to waste their energy chasing a moving ball around.
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    The better question is why it isn't employed a little more often. When you see it in the pros, a team is desperate. But I'm all for the occasional switch to press if a coach sees a matchup he likes or just wants to step on the gas. Pretty sure OKC has done this from time to time. But you leave yourself pretty exposed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billyshelby View Post
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    The better question is why it isn't employed a little more often. When you see it in the pros, a team is desperate. But I'm all for the occasional switch to press if a coach sees a matchup he likes or just wants to step on the gas. Pretty sure OKC has done this from time to time. But you leave yourself pretty exposed.
    That is a problem, and the fact that to pull off a half-court press in the NBA you need a very athletic lineup out there to do it. Awful hard to trap any one player (using 2 guys usually) then have the others try to run around trying to catch up to the ball.

    I agree they could use it a bit more, but again it depends on how athletic your players are and how much they buy into it. Seattle used to run a decent press with Payton, but they were very athletic from Payton through Kemp so they could pull it off. Not many teams can match that. OKC is one that has that level of athleticism this year so I am sure you will see it more from them.

    Maybe with our new guys and whoever we get in the draft we will be athletic enough too. We'll see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billyshelby View Post
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    The better question is why it isn't employed a little more often. When you see it in the pros, a team is desperate. But I'm all for the occasional switch to press if a coach sees a matchup he likes or just wants to step on the gas. Pretty sure OKC has done this from time to time. But you leave yourself pretty exposed.
    Well that's just it. The press is a temporary fix - just like the zone. Eventually, most of the time, the other team will adapt to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregbroncs View Post
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    The Celtics tried it under Rick Pitino and it was an utter failure. You can't get the player's to buy in, too many ball handlers and good passer's, and not enough impact players to waste their energy chasing a moving ball around.
    Pitino also ran it with the Knicks and had good success.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billyshelby View Post
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    But you leave yourself pretty exposed.
    Not only that but NBA players are terribly talented and able to take advantage...
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