In the movie Bull Durham, there is a scene when the manager addresses his team.“This is a simple game,” he said. “You throw the ball, you hit the ball and you catch the ball.” Fred Hoiberg is spending time this week sharing a similar message. “We need to be making safe basketball plays,” Hoiberg said Monday. “We’re trying to hit too many home runs.” Hoiberg believes in floor spacing and ball movement. Getting the ball to go from side-to-side is the key to unlocking his half-court offense. “You’ve got to trust the process that if option one isn’t there, you move onto option two or option three,” Hoiberg said. “When we do that, our numbers show we are much more effective.” Rather than making risky passes his team needs to incorporate all of its assets and execute smartly. “We’ve got too many weapons on the offensive end to take those kinds of chances,” Hoiberg said. Keep it simple as the manager suggested in the movie. Lots of simple plays can add up to being more productive than the home run anyway.
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