If you want to learn the fundamentals of the game, you don't bypass any of the basics, like how to make a post pass, how to set up a screen, what pivots you can use to escape pressure and force defenses to react.
What are the passing lanes? You have to acknowledge that. You have five players on the floor.
If you are going to drive you have to know where players will be on the court.
If you are going to make a pass you need space between players and have a certain amount of lanes open.
Appropriate space between players is 12-to-16 feet. Eighteen-to-20 feet is a little long to make an appropriate pass. We've extended that to create long lanes to allow players to roll to the basket and stretch the floor.
- Phil Jackson