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- Good defensive position means, unless your coach gives you some other rule, not so close that the player with the ball can step by you with one step, yet close enough that you can slap the ball if the man holds it in front of him. In other words, you are close enough to be able to bother him and to make him worry that you may touch his next pass or block his next shot or steal his next dribble. From eight feet away, regardless of what you do, you will not be the ball handler's primary concern. Good defense is a matter of learning to get in a player's bubble, in his private territory, and of being able to stay there. Your body language tells everyone if you want to play defense or not.

Brookfield, CT