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Viewing: Team Defense, Advanced
  • Date:
    Apr 15, 2016

When guarding an opponent who is advancing the ball up the court, do the following: pick-up, lead, and influence. Picking Up As the dribbler approaches, make sure that you are moving at the same speed and in the same general direction. If the dribbler is moving much faster than you, there is little...

  • Author:
    By Jeff Haefner
  • Date:
    Feb 29, 2016

Coaches spend hours and hours orchestrating offenses while saying that defense is mostly hard work. Offense takes talent, goes the coaching saying, defense takes desire. It is true--more can be accomplished on defense with hard work over skill. But that is not to say that basketball coaches...

  • Date:
    Oct 14, 2015

Post players on defense need to be quicker on their feet and use good angles in order to keep the ball from getting to the post. Pushing and shoving isn't the answer. This drill helps players defend the post smarter.

  Every youth basketball coach has his or her own reasons for playing a certain style on the court. Of course, a little guidance from veteran coaches doesn’t hurt. And so, here is this week’s question for the USA Basketball Coaches Network:   When it comes to team defense,...

This drill starts with a 3-on-4 and helps build the communication between defenders.

It's one thing to play aggressive and tough on defense, but it's more important to understand the goals. Simply put: Keep the ball out of the highway.

  • Author:
    By Jeff Haefner
  • Date:
    Jan 20, 2015

Shot blocking is one of the great equalizers in basketball. If you know where to look, you can see it everywhere. Walt Frazier, of the New York Knicks of the 1960s and '70s, is considered one of the best defensive guards in NBA history. He had Willis Reed to protect the basket for him. Examine...

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