RUN – FIRST TEAM DOWN THE COURT HAS THE ADVANTAGE

GET INSIDE POSITION FOR REBOUNDS. – CREATE SPACE BY BOXING OUT

ALWAYS MOVE ON OFFENSE – A TELEPHONE POLE IS EASY TO GUARD.

WHEN IN DOUBT – CUT TO THE BASKET.

TAKE SHOTS YOU CAN MAKE – SHOTS YOU WOULD RISK MONEY ON. 

ON DEFENSE – STAY BETWEEN YOUR MAN AND THE BASKET.

DON’T THROW THE BALL TO THE OTHER TEAM.

MAKE GOOD (GOLDILOCKS – JUST RIGHT) PASSES.

AVOID JUMPING (EXCEPT TO REBOUND) ON DEFENSE.

CATCH THE BALL AND REBOUND WITH TWO HANDS.

PUT A HAND IN THE FACE OF A SHOOTER (WITHOUT FOULING)

WAIT ON A SCREEN BEING SET FOR YOU.

LEARN TO PIVOT – IT CAN GET YOU OUT OF TROUBLE AND ALSO CREATE SHOTS.

GET STRONG WITH THE BALL AFTER GAINING POSESSION.

Often a player with the ball, especially one who has used his dribble, gets a defender moving into his face, pressuring. The reaction of the player with the ball is to lean backward, off-balance, and force himself to throw a weak pass to the side. (Once you lean backward, you hardly have any other option.) This tendency to lean backward is a bad habit. There is a move that can quickly put you back on the attack. The move takes no talent, Pivot Out Of Pressure, or POOP, you need to twist your upper body a quarter turn to the side & bring the ball down to your waist alongside your body (on your side, not straight down in front).

The habit of pivoting out of pressure takes about a minute to learn. (You don’t even need a ball to practice it.)

Be on balance & the aggressor, not the guy leaning backward.

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