I never even made it to the second vid.
I'm not trying to say that they need to teach him power movements, I'm trying to say they're trying to develop power. He will get stronger and more powerful by moving heavier weights. He cannot move heavier weights if he is not using optimal form. He'll never need to use any of his benching-form on the court, but through other training and drills he will be able to adapt his increased strength and power to his chosen sport.
I don't know much about basketball training but I at least know how it works in Rugby. You train in the gym to get stronger then you adapt this strength to your role on the field through tackling, scrummage and sprinting drills.
Optimal form = heavier weights = more strength and power.
And in my defence I don't think I'm nit-picking. What I am talking about is a very common occurrence as I previously mentioned. Lots of sports teams employ strength specialists to develop their athletes. A stronger, more powerful athlete is obviously a better athlete. Oly lifting or Powerlifting specialists will get the best results as all their knowledge and experience is geared towards developing strength and power. Orlando Magic have millions of dollars to spend on their athletes. You'd at least think they'd spend some money on a better strength coach.
I'm sure there must be an article somewhere on strength training for basketball players. I don't have the time or inclination to find it myself right now but if anybody else can that'd be great.
Eh, I see your point, but I still find it to be a nit pick in this case. Quite frankly, a bench press (other than the point of building some muscle) probably does very little for a basketball player (I do agree with your rugby training example). I know if I was training a basketball player I wouldn't really have them benching in such a low rep range. A guy like Dwight Howard could get a bit thicker (not that he's "skinny" by any means, but some overall mass would help him in the post).... and of course, time spend on foot speed.
I'd trail him something like:
10% weight training (hypertrophy purposes)
15% speed training
60% working on his shot and post moves.