Re: Tips on protecting the ball(especially when going up)
Dude should be moving backwards when you are getting ready to jump. Control the area around you. Lead with your body and shoulder. That means if someone is in the way, they get your shoulder before they get the ball. People shouldn't be able to step into you and block/strip you without fouling you if you play it right.
If people are stripping you from the side who aren't your defender, then you might want to pass da ball more often.
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