What is Basketball IQ? It's hard to explain, and most say it's something that players just have

By DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: November 30, 2009 at 12:11 am •  Published: November 29, 2009
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Players and coaches say those who really have it contain a court savvy that goes beyond the coach's X's and O's. It's instinctive ability that a player has, knowing when to shoot and when to make the extra pass. Knowing how to set a screen on one possession and play off it on the next. Knowing when to employ subtle defensive schemes such as "pulling out the chair" in the post.

"There's no game that demands as many decisions as basketball," said Sacramento coach Paul Westphal. "In baseball, when it's your time to bat you try to get a hit. If they hit it to you then you catch it and throw it to the right base. If you throw it to the wrong base you're not a smart player. In basketball, every time you have the ball you can dribble it, you can pass it, you can shoot it...There's a lot of decisions."

Most say basketball IQ is something that players have a hard time gaining.

"You can to an extent but usually guys come in and just have it," said Houston coach Rick Adelman. "Some guys never get it. They just don't see certain things and take advantage."


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