Originally Posted by chosen_one6
. You always want to use your off hand to keep the defender away so they can't get too close to rip you. You can use it as much as you want as a shield as long as you don't completely shove the defender or slap their hand away. Though in streetball it doesn't matter, but it might get you into a scrap.
This depends on the level you play at and the refs who are calling the game. I forget how Ganon Baker breaks it down but you can get more aggressive as you move up. In college you will see guys smack the defenders hand away. OF course the pro's grab the defenders wrist or hand and push it away.