Cavs’ Brown: Tristan Great at Pick-and-Roll
Cavs’ (Tristan) Thompson emerging as top defender.
The pick-and-roll is the most common play in basketball. It’s also one of the toughest plays to defend. Each coach has his method for defending it, including the Cavaliers’ Mike Brown. Brown wants his big men to leave their man momentarily from the low post, flash out on the floor for a “hard show” to disrupt the offensive play, and then get back on defense. He’s discovered Cavs power forward Tristan Thompson has the athleticism, quickness and speed to excel in that area on defense.
“(He wants us to) be aggressive,” Thompson said. “Before Coach Brown, I was taught to show and come out there and stick your chest out. With Coach Brown, it’s a hard show to where it’s almost a double team. Go up and guard that guy and then take one or two slides and guard your man.”
If done correctly, it totally messes up the offensive execution. Brown has been impressed with Thompson, a third-year forward.
“He’s so athletic and so long, he could be one of the best in the league at it, if not the best ever,” Brown said. “He’s got great feet, so he changes directions really well. He’s intelligent.”