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  • 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.

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

  • 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...

  • Author:
    By Steph Wood
  • Date:
    Dec 11, 2014

Defense is 90 percent heart and 10 percent skill, and your success is determined by your will and commitment to the task. That being said, there are a few teaching points to remember when playing perimeter defense on the ball: Stay Low Remember to begin with your shoulders lower than the person you...

  • Author:
    By Shelby Turcotte
  • Date:
    Aug 7, 2012

Talk to any coach and one of the deciding factors on playing time is a player's defensive abilities (or lack thereof). While most coaches will tell you that it's all about effort, the truth is, it's more than just effort that makes a good (or great) defensive player. It's about footwork, balance,...

  • Author:
    Paul Tayyar
  • Date:
    Jun 15, 2011

Used oftentimes when a team is trailing and time is running out on them, the 2-2-1 full-court press is an aggressive, full-court defense used to pressure the offensive team into committing quick turnovers. It is also often used by teams who want to create a helter-skelter like tempo, with a frantic...

  • Author:
    By Paul Tayyar
  • Date:
    Jun 9, 2011

The two-three zone is the classic zone defense. It is based on the fundamental belief that five players can more successfully guard defined areas than they can specific players. It’s primary goals are to force the opposition to rely on their perimeter shooting to score points, and to goad their...

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