A hot topic with Player Development coaches everywhere is if you teach permanent pivot foot or not.To be honest I never thought about it until I worked The Snow Valley Camp in Santa Barbara in 1999. It was the first night after working a 17 hour day, the coaches retreated to a dorm room to watch film on players. The first player they broke down was Michael Jordan and his footwork. A JUCO coach named Mike Mohler sat me down and walked me through MJ's footwork package.
At this point I was 24 and knew almost nothing about footwork. He asked me what I noticed about MJ's footwork. Nothing really came to mind. He told me something that had a huge impact on my teaching for the rest of my career.
"He always operates off of his right foot"
At first it sounded like a foreign language to me. Every time he caught the ball on the perimeter he had his right foot free. All of his jabs, face ups, drives came with his left foot on the ground and the right foot doing all of the work. After watching 2.5 hours of MJ footage I asked Mike if this was something that just Michael did or was this something that a lot of players did. Mike rifled off most of the top wing players in the NBA.
19 Years Later.......
I think in everything that we teach there needs to be a why. You can't do things fly by night and make things up as you go along. Here is why I think that playing with a permanent pivot foot is important.
Like anything else in basketball footwork is subjective Permanent pivot foot is something that I fell in love with and want to teach. You can teach whatever you want as long as you are consistent and know what you want to do inside and out. Make sure your players alway know "The Why" In everything that you teach. I think I mentioned "The Why" 48 times in this Blog, I bet I can ballpark the Title of my Blog for Next Week!!
This is something that I like to tech and works for me. It's not the only way to teach it so if you teach your players to play with two pivot feet that's fantastic. Make sure you have systematic approach in teaching it and your players understand "The Why"