Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News has some ideas on how to fix American basketball–not the U.S. team, just the way the sport is played here in general–which he desribes as, “a car leaking oil, stuttering through second gear and ominously hissing.”

He has some interesting thoughts:

Make learning a prerequisite to playing. We wouldn’t hand a piano to an 8-year-old kid and expect him to play Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.” Why do we expect young basketball players to excel without comprehending the game? One elite college freshman recently admitted to a coach that he didn’t understand basic terms such as back screen and down screen.

Develop a certification program for coaches. With assistance from the other organizations, USA Basketball could develop a program for training and certifying coaches who work with youth, club, high school and collegiate teams. That is done for officials at all levels; there’s no reason refs should know the game better than those teaching it.

This is an awfully good idea–there are plenty of coaches out there that have no business “coaching” basketball.

Wouldn’t it be funny if some of the coaches we consider to be the best couldn’t pass the certification, however? Sort of like how the Dean of Stanford’s Law School couldn’t pass the California Bar Exam…

Either way, check out the rest of the story and let us know what you think.