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Sci-Fi or Hi-Sci (Highly Scientific)?

Posted in New Posts, News on April 11th, 2011 by Troy Miles

As unbelievable as it seems, a new way of understanding basketball is amongst us.  It’s not of dreams, but  a new frontier replete with incredible displays of power, speed and technical application.


Virtual Play (click) is the name- a different basketball genre is the game.

Virtual Play is a real-life app for creating matrix-like outcomes on the court for experienced VPers and instant positive change for beginners. It’s where technical acuity, precise application and a Calm Assertive Mind (CAM) can transcend what seems possible. The truth is Virtual Play is a collection of  basketball functions and operations based on core fundamentals, including those of math and physics. To be Virtual is to be machine-like (in efficiency) across all your basketball functions – physical, technical, intellectual, and (as a human) emotional.

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If Only I knew

Posted in New Posts, News on September 4th, 2010 by Troy Miles

If only I knew something about basketball.  I wish I did, but how could I? It just wasn’t in the cards. Sure my dad’s mentor,  coach A.B Calvin  was a Hall of Fame Coach at Scipio A. Jones High School in North Little Rock, Arkansas and also a staunch fundamentalist.  However, he really didn’t know that much and he certainly didn’t teach anyone anything.    He traveled the country visiting camps and picking the brains of such luminaries as Henry Iba and other top coaches of that era.  You would think he would have put all that information to good use.  I still don’t understand how he won all those state championships.  The competition in Arkansas at the time must have been awful- at least amongst the all-black ranks.

It’s a shame he never transferred any knowledge to my dad (Eddie Miles).   My dad’s a big guy, maybe he could have been pretty good.  I’m not saying a  college All-American or NBA all-star, but decent?    Maybe had he known something or somebody, perhaps it might have worked out for him? Too bad. I’m a little “salty” about it,  because had  things been different,   I might have some legitimate pedigree.  Hell, I might have been one of the Barry boys or Danny Ferry even.  Imagine if I’d  have been privy to quality information growing up, instead of the crap I was fed all those years? What a waste.  Maybe I could have been a player too. It would have been nice to play high school ball and even better to have earned  a scholarship some place…@#%!  Life just isn’t fair.

I can’t think of anything I would have rather done.  I really love this game. I’m so passionate about basketball, I’m certain that with the right lineage and guidance, I could have done something special inside the game.  Okay, maybe not as a player, but surely as a coach or teacher.  As it is, I’ve written a book on basketball (“The Virtual Game of Basketball”). But what could I possibly know- especially about something so technical or “Hi-Sci” (highly scientific)?.  I mean, it’s not like I’ve been hanging out at Holiday Inns or anything.  I’m definitely not Einstein’s child or the son any other smart white guy.     If  that was the case, maybe I could be “Manningesque” or like Don Nelson’s boy- as far as credibility is concerned. Even then,  I might still be considered a fool… but I doubt I’d qualify as a damn fool.

It’s hard.  Sometimes I can’t help but think, what if things were different. It sure would be nice to have black kids listen to me.  But who am I kidding.  We’re from the same sub-culture,  I can’t fool them, they know I don’t know @#$! I mean, you can’t change the spots of a leper.  But imagine if  all the time and energy I’ve spent compiling  information translated into something of value for someone here in the states.

As it is now, I have to stay off Facebook and other social mediums.  I’m  bombarded daily with  questions from players outside of the US about my material.  How idiotic of  these types to put  themselves at the mercy of my answers and low-level information.  No wonder the US players are the intellectual giants  around the world of basketball.  European players are  frickin’ clueless. They’re just lucky they have superior athletes.  Otherwise they wouldn’t stand a chance against our players.

I swear. If I knew something about this game,  I would try hard to share the wealth.  I would exhaust myself trying to move players forward.  Really I would.  I’d proposition players of all ages and all levels – all the time.  I’d live at the gym and be willing to teach anyone willing to learn, regardless of what they thought about me.  I really would try to be the bigger person and  “tee tee my dub” (try to make it work).


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Virtual Players of the NBA

Posted in New Posts, News on May 15th, 2010 by Troy Miles
Chauncey Billups #1 of the Denver Nuggets drives against Jameer Nelson #14 of the Orlando Magic during the game at Amway Arena on March 28, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.

Chauncey Billups-- Hover specialist

“You have arrived as a Virtual Player when your basketball success is based on your ability to apply the fundamentals of Basketball, Mathematics, and Physical Science as a single discipline.”

Who are the Virtual Players (VP’s) in the NBA…  Are there any?  Of course. I may have formalized virtual play but I didn’t invent efficient  math or science of play.   Those that play with the right and science (physics) have the most consistent success –regardless of the level.  It’s true, most NBA players are very skilled and were stars at some point in their career. If given the opportunity, so many would be capable of doing big things. However when it comes to consistent or highly virtual performance  the number of capable players drop considerably. Virtuality is less about your physical capacity (what you have) and more about your physical capability (what you do with what you have technically)).

In the world of Virtual Play, the measure of performance is determined by the net results of actions and not necessarily the physical prowess of the performer. As you will discover, Virtual Play  is the technical and physical model for optimal efficiency in basketball. VP’s use math and physics to manipulate time, space and opponents beyond the use of  basketball fundamentals. Therefore to have success as a VP, you must have knowledge (Know-How) of the game and sharp application of technique or the right default settings for effective play. Quite simply, highly virtual players are those players who possess the right math of play and are programmed to operate in this manner routinely – particularly under pressure.

How do I differentiate between the 300 + stars to determine the highly virtual ones.  Every player, pro or otherwise is a product of  his or her P.T.A.G.: Physical, Technical, Application and Grit.  (See: ” The Mystery of Chemistry). Virtual players are most efficient technically, in their application and typically have high grit or G-Factors. They may also have physical prowess, but it’s not integral to their success on the floor.

Each has his own application attributes but they all share similar settings and nuances.  Their technical acuity enables them to manipulate without moving fast and negate the physicality of  opponents without being physical. Their scope-of-vision provides early awareness which allows them to slow the action down perceptively and process quickly. Their phenomenal footwork gives them ultimate control of self  in small frames of movement. This allows them to process and make adjustments very quickly. In basketball the offense has the advantage (law of leadership) unless he or she  gives it away. Great players are “stay first” artists- regardless of the position they play. Unnecessary time-costs during play, speed up the action  and makes negotiation more difficult.  Their crisp technique and lack of such superfluous movement keeps them ahead of the action, allowing them to control opponents, teams and ultimately games.

There are so many players and so many positions, I thought it might be interesting to start by distinguishing the quarterbacks. I’m going to list -in no particular order, the six most  highly virtual PG’s in the NBA.


Chauncey Billups: “Mr. Big Shot” is also “Mr. Run the Team.”  Chauncey is a hover specialist with outstanding court vision (early awareness of circumstance).  As a result he handles reads impeccably. He gets ahead of opponents (in the frames) with hovers and constant shoulder threats to go drive by.   He is terrific at being contrary (to the defender) with quick pull-ups, false-legs to create space at the middle spot and razor-sharp straight cuts to the hoop.  He typically dominates final approach with superior bodywork… (Bucket, foul or both).

Deron Williams has the exact same profile, except he’s more athletic and has more physical highlights.

On final approach

CP3and Steve NashandRondo, are also hover specialists who manipulate with explosive stops and starts.  Virtual players are fastest in their shortest steps (relative to the defender). These guys have incredible foot control and  subsequently ridiculous control of self. Their economy and strategy of movement  allows them to get anywhere on the floor in a manner that forces defensive help.  These guys  are tremendous playmakers and a lot of  fun to watch.

Rondo crosses Steve Nash nastily

Watch Chris Paul do his thing

Tony Parkeris also a master starter/stopper and magician-like at  driving to the hoop; his “lane-changes” and “ball-tucks” are all-world. He’s brilliant at slurring his movements and forcing defenders to choose a response.  Tony’s diligence about establishing and maintaining a “push foot”  allows him to be hyper-explosive and ruthless about exploiting advantage.

Virtual PG Honorable Mention:  Aaron Brooks, Luke Ridnour, Jameer Nelson, Russell Westbrook and Johnny Flynn –(don’t be fooled by their hyper-athleticism).

The truth is, all the players above embody many  (if not all)  the attributes mentioned.  Like I’ve said before…

“The truth is the math and science of the game never changes when it comes to successful play.  In fact, most successful players do the same things. Oftentimes these players are not aware of or even concerned with the mathematical or scientific realities of their actions.  They have success doing what they do, so they continue to do it…”

The most highly virtual put them on display more routinely. You owe it to yourself to focus on how and why they are having success, and to try desperately to forge those default settings for yourself.   The math of successful play will never change, but you might have to if you plan on getting better in a virtual way.


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Dream Team… American Nightmare?

Posted in Blogs, News on February 9th, 2010 by Troy Miles

I can look back and pinpoint when things started to really change. It was 1992, the first year our professional athletes participated in Olympic basketball competition.  The world was “catching up” to our collegiate representatives, so we had to re-establish our dominance with a swift kick of Bird, Magic , Michael, Charles and the other Dream Teamers?  Well… was this act of national hoop security (insecurity) enough to accomplish our  mission…?

Coming back to the present, is the American basketball model still superior in the world? We did win the gold – even though Spain ran a virtual  lay-up clinic against us in the Final. What’s certain is they (Spain) accomplished a lot with far less to work with than our crew; and truthfully, there was more than one team that fit that description during the Games.

Without question we were dominant in ’92. Our boys in red, white and blue dominated the world (play) like never before.  Every game was replete with high-flying and razzle-dazzle, but also filled with exceptional fundamental play. The games were blow-out victories before they even started. But the world was no less awed and amazed by the performances. However, the networks (ESPN a major player) at home needed to sensationalize highlight type plays to keep our interest in these lopsided affairs.

Like scientists unearthing new technology, our European counterparts captured the nuts and bolts of how to play basketball at the highest level- the right way. Our kids got treated to Sportscenter and  learned how to become “And 1” players. No offense to And 1 players or Sportscenter… I love watching their artistry.  But tragically, our kids learned to dunk like Mike, but not how to think like Mike; to dribble even better than Magic and Stockton, but not handle the team like them.

This generation of players- by and large, has gotten caught up in looking good, as opposed to really being good. Sure there are guys that can play, but the overall IQ of the american ballplayer is down- not to mention applicable skill sets for “clean” play.

These players operate based on Do-How as opposed to Know-How. They are highly capable and often physical freaks of some sort. Too often however, their inadequate comprehension or application of fundamentals limits their chance for consistent success. Know-How will win the series against Do-How almost always. Now of course, Know-How combined with Do-How…that would be ‘Jordanian.'” — The Virtual Game of basketball

Oscar Robertson — The original “Mr. Triple Double”

Our kids are going to continue to lose their status in the world as long as they continue to operate as Do-How artists.

 Don’t get me wrong, nothing against foreign-born players – I love players  period. If they can play, I want to see them play. It’s just that I would also like to see more american ball players optimize their overall games like they used to in the golden times of “Know -How.”  If  the american  Pre-Dream Teamers went up against the american Post-Dream Teamers… I’d have to go with Oscar and “Goliath!”

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