Steve Kerr said that he would make American youth basketball players play soccer to help them understand how to pass and move within a team setting.
Kerr added that too many players today emphasize beating defenders one-on-one.
“If I was the czar of American basketball I would make every player coming through the youth basketball program play football … It translates directly (to hoops). The problem in basketball today the young players are coming up and they just try to beat everyone one-on-one with the dribble. They’re unbelievably gifted dribbling the ball but they don’t understand how to pass and to move. Which is what football would teach them,” said Kerr on a recent episode of the Men in Blazers soccer podcast.
Kerr then pointed to Toni Kukoc as an example, saying that his understanding of passing and creating angles was influenced by soccer.
“Players who played soccer growing up, they’re better passers. Steve Nash. Unbelievable passer. Toni Kukoc was a beautiful passer … And there’s no question in my mind that he was influenced by football. (Kids) understand the concept of triangles. They understand the concept of passing the ball, and cutting behind the man defending. That’s what football is. Find the angles, creating opportunities, creating scoring chances.”