[Coach] The Basics of Mike Woodson's Nail-Slot-Rim Defensive Philosophy
In this bonus Coach's Corner, we re-run a video Coach Tonsoni made last season explaining the basics of Mike Woodson's defensive philosophy.
In this edition of Coach’s Corner, unlocked for all free subscribers, let’s step back and take a broad look at what Indiana is trying to accomplish defensively with Mike Woodson’s nail-slot-rim philosophy.
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The video featured below is one Coach Tonsoni made in the middle of last season (hence the reference to the Wisconsin game), but the basic points about the nail-slot-rim defensive strategy remain relevant and will give IU fans an understanding of what the Hoosiers are trying to accomplish on that end of the court.
We are planning an updated version of this video more directly applied to this year’s team, and incorporating the deeper understanding of nail-slot-rim that we’ve gained since last season.
In the meantime, this is a good primer for understanding what the defense is trying to do, where it tends to be strong, and the weaknesses inherent in the strategy.
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