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Life & NYB – Relationships

It is the championship game. You have the ball and a 1 point lead with 24 seconds left, no time outs, both teams are in the bonus. One of your teammates needs 3 points to win the scoring title. What do you do?

There are some options below. Think about them carefully. Your decisions will be based on your Relationship to the team, the coach and the players. You may want to skip to the bottom and read the definition of relationship before you answer!

  • You pass the ball to your teammate who needs three points.
    • TRUST
  • You keep the ball away from your teammate that needs three points.
    • No TRUST
  • You keep control of the ball and do not take a shot until time runs out.
  • You wait until there is 8 seconds and you pass the ball to the teammate that needs three points.
    • CHOICE

The Good of the Individual versus the Good of the Team.

What is more important? Always?

YOUR GOOD versus His/Her Good

Consider work – Consider relationships

Happiness and Selfishness

Can the two things coexist?

RELATIONSHIP: the way in which two or more people or things are connected: Connection,  association,  link

TRUST: firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something: Confidence, belief, faith

LOYALTY: a strong feeling of support or allegiance: Duty, dedication, commitment

SELFISH: lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure: Inconsiderate, thoughtless, uncaring

Life & NYB – Relationships is part of a discussion series designed to make better people and players. Click the link for the handout and the accompanying Fast Five from the Foul Line Drill.

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Scoring Made Easy

Recently, I watched an athletic High School girl grab a bunch of rebounds and not score during a game. She played most of the game but only took 3-4 shots. We wound up in the same elevator after the game. I said, “You don’t shoot enough”. She said, “They never pass me the ball”. That was true, but it was also true she never made herself available. She always set up on the weak side. The shots she took didn’t have a chance of going in. She allowed the defender to stand between her and the ball. She was generally “out of position” and not a factor in the game. How do you make her a better scorer?

Run the Floor: You need to get in rebounding and shooting positions before the ball is available. Hustle to where you think the ball is going to be.

Offensive Rebounds are your friend. Get lots of them if you can and score immediately. You are 3-10 feet from the basket.

Defensive Rebounds should be rewarded.  Run the floor. Get into position. Look to get the ball back.

Positioning: Use footwork to get where you want to be. Flash to open positions rather than fight for them. Create clear passing lanes in front of or to the side of the ball handler about 10 feet away. Make eye contact with the ball handler. Give him/her a passing target.

Face the Basket: Once you get the ball, immediately face and square to the basket prepared to shoot. This is the Triple Threat position.

SHOOT: Don’t hesitate.

Blast: Go right past your defender. Get your head and shoulders past him/her and “pin” them by stepping just outside of his/her foot.

Sweep: Firmly hold the ball on one side of your body and strongly bring it to the other side. Complete the move by shooting or stepping into a jump shot or drive.

Fake: Head Fake, Ball Fake, Jab Step – these moves will freeze the defender or cause him/her to move or lean in the wrong direction giving you the opportunity to take a shot.

Step back: To create a little space so you can get a shot off.

Pass: Why? You have worked hard to get in position. Passing is the most dangerous part of a play. The pass itself doesn’t get you a score and the ball can be tipped away or stolen.

Be Part of Every Play: Work hard on every play. Don’t be the last person up the court. The shot will be taken before you ever get there.

Make Your Shots: Nothing is more frustrating than someone missing an easy shot. If that’s you consistently, you won’t get the ball. Become a good shooter. Your teammates will have greater confidence in passing you the ball!

Fight Frustration: You will feel the ball handler should have passed you the ball more often. If you do the things above, you will.

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One And Done!

basketball-movesI watched Sebastian Telfair play, as a high school junior, against one of the top AAU teams in the country. The first play of the game, the defender waited just above the foul line as ST made a jump shot from the top of the key.

The other team scored and ST brought the ball up as the defender now waited at the top of the key. ST sank a 3 a step before the defender could react. The other team called time out. Their coach chewed on the guy that had been assigned to guard ST and replaced him in the lineup.

After the time out, the other team scored and ST brought the ball up as a different, very animated defender waited above the top of the key. ST attacked the defender and dribbled to the right elbow where he pulled up for a nothing but net jump shot.

The other team scored and ST brought the ball up, attacked to the right again and threw a perfect pass to a teammate cutting to the basket for a score.

The score was tied at 8 when the other team called their 2nd time out 3 minutes into the game. There were dozens of college scouts watching and it was easy to see why.

What impressed me was ST’s mastery of the One and Done. The One and Done is having the range to take an open jump shot from anywhere or the ability to make one move or pass that leads to a score. It’s that quick rise and release that gives you an open shot. It’s the head fake that freezes a player so you can take an uncontested shot or it’s the ball fake and step that leads to an open layup. One and Done is becoming a lost art. Young players today feel they must dribble through the legs or behind the back several times before they make a move. It’s not that they are setting up the defender for the scoring move as much as they are letting the fans and fanatics know something is coming.

Want to be a better basketball player? Master One and Done from Inside, Midrange and Outside.

Learn to post back to the basket, catch, pivot and score. This includes the low post, high post and in the lane. Pivots include simple, back, drop step, with jump shot, jab step, power dribble, step back, side step, or sweep and cross. Learn the foot work for all of the moves going left and right and finish with your right or left hand as necessary.

Learn to Flash and Slash. Flash the foul line, flat or elbow and knock down the midrange jump shot or head fake/ball fake and finish on the glass. Learn to sweep and ball fake and attack from the 3pt line and pull up and take the midrange jump shot.

If you’re going to take 3s, it should be one step behind the line. Most defenders will give you up to the line before they contest your shot. You should be able to hit 70% consistently in practice before you can consider yourself a good outside shooter. It goes without saying, you should be keeping track of your practice and game shooting percentages. Seriously, you should always be working on your shooting seriously.

Sure, you can use your favorite move and shot and get 20 points, but sooner or later a good defender is going to make your life miserable, probably when that scout from the school you want to attend is watching. OR you can score using the One and Done moves above. You will score 20 points, the defender will never know what hit him and you’ll have scouts watching you master the game.

Hmm, did I mention other scoring opportunities: fast breaks, offensive rebounds, steals and free throws? Being a 30pt. scorer isn’t that hard if you work at it on every play in every game.

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Beginner Guide to Basketball – Basic Shooting Skills

This drill is for boys and girls!

Have your child lay on the floor on his back with his feet together
He should have his palms up and elbows close to his body ready to catch the ball
Stand near his shoulder with a 27.5 youth ball
Say “ready” before you drop the ball to your child
The smaller the child, the lower the drop
BREATH CONTROL is very important
He should inhale when catching and exhale when shooting
He should catch with two hands
Upon catching, he should rotate his right hand under the ball
He should use his left hand as a shooting guide
And to keep the ball from rolling off his hand
He should shoot from his right shoulder
Your child should keep their back on the floor at all times
Use your hands over your child as a target
As they get stronger, raise your hands to make the target higher
Have your child shoot with a BASKETBALL WAVE
Wrist back, balance ball on spread fingers
Flick the wrist
Roll the ball off the index and middle fingers for good rotation
Keep your eyes on your target
Follow through with your fingers “touching” your target

Dad/Mom: Catch the ball!
When your child is more proficient, he can catch the ball on his own
Repeat for a total of 5 times

Repeat with the child’s left hand

Repeat with the child chest passing to your hands

That’s one set
Do four sets
20 times each hand
20 chest passes!

Older kids can start by shooting and catching the ball by themselves but it takes some practice to get the ball to go up straight and rotate properly. The shooter should always pick a target in mid air and hit it consistently. OR lie in a doorway and hit the wall just above the door. Don’t use the ceiling as a target. You’ll leave spots mom will hate.

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Working The Jab Step

Footwork is your friend. Footwork gets you to where you want to go. Coaches yell “move your feet” in relation to defensive footwork but often overlook offensive foot work but good footwork keeps you out of trouble gets you in position for easy scores.

When a player secures the ball, the referee immediately establishes which is his/her pivot foot. A travel violation occurs if the player lifts his pivot foot before beginning a dribble. So why is good footwork a “lost art”. Since And One mix tapes, everything begins with a dribble and there is certainly a place for dribble drives in basketball especially if an incredible move is finished with a spectacular dunk but that’s often like waiting for a knockout punch in a fight. More often, it’s the other stuff, the jabs, the combinations, the body punches, that win the fight. That’s also true in basketball. A great move may bring everyone to their feet but it’s a culmination of all the other stuff that wins the game.

If you have been working on your mid range shooting, you should be knocking down jump shots from 15′ consistently. Now your a “shooter” and the defense is going to play you closer. Sure, you can try to dribble away from the defender but you will also be moving away from where you want to be. This is where footwork becomes critical.

Facing the basket, if the defender is more than an arms length away, you should be shooting immediately.This is not optional. You should be hitting midrange shots in game situations consistently. If not, practice more.

If the defender can touch or is in contact with you the following footwork series can get you open, freeze the defender or get him/her off balance enough so you can get off an uncontested jump shot. Coaches often call this a “Jab Step“. Combined with head fakes, ball fakes, up fakes and sweeps, you should always be able to get off a good shot without dribbling the basketball!

This is a Sequence Drill. Make all moves one after the other. Chase down every rebound and run back to the starting position for each shot (this is where the conditioning comes in). Do not dribble the ball. You must finish each move with a made shot before you go to the next move.

  1. Facing the basket at the foul line, shoot the ball without hesitation or foot movement.
  2. With your left foot as the pivot, step forward with your right foot (Jab) and step back to your original position and take a jump shot.
  3. With your left foot as the pivot, step out to your right with your right foot (Jab) and step back to your original position and take a jump shot.
  4. With your left foot as pivot, step across to your left with your right foot (Jab) and step back to your original position and take a jump shot.
  5. With your left foot as pivot, step back with your right foot (Jab) and step back to your original position and take a jump shot.

Now do the series again with your right foot as the pivot.
A complete series, 10 moves/made shots is one set.
Do 5 sets.
If you shoot 50%, you will take 100 shots.

Move to the elbow(s) and take 2 steps out towards the corner. Square to the basket and repeat the drill using the backboard.
Now you have taken 300 shots.

When you get to 75-80% shooting, add head fakes, ball fakes, up fakes and sweeps. Your percentage will drop after adding the new moves. Get it back up to 75-80%.

SEQUENCE DRILLS: I call this a Sequence Drill because each successful shot is followed by the next shot/move in the series. It is based on offensive and defensive adaptability. You just scored because your defender wasn’t close enough. He adjusts, and steps closer. You jab, step back and score. He digs in and plays you tougher. You now step across, create space and score again. Your keeping him of balance. All he can do is hope you run out of options. You wont, but you have to feel comfortable with the changes, moves and be able to make the shot and that starts in practice.

Do the series, then repeat by adding a power dribble into a Jump Shot.
Do the series, then repeat by making each shot as if it were a Foul Shot.

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