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Old 06-28-2009, 07:27 PM   #1
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Default How to take your man off the dribble --

Ive been studying the art of dribbling for almost 8 years now.. dating about to when I was 16 years old and stumbled across Skip, Headache, and Alimoe. Theres only a few simple things needed to be supreme at taking your man off the dribble.. they can be achieved through hard work, focus, and confidence.

1- Work the ball, dont let the ball work you. Have strong hands and a strong mind that can dictate what you want to do with the ball. If you dont have the hands or the mind, you must build them up. Do pushups, pullups, suicides.. physically and mentally challenging exercises great for a quick first step and handle. Also dribble a tennis ball one day for like 30 minutes just for the fun of it. Its a great handle workout. Put chairs in the driveway, crossover or spin or juke and then finish at the whole. Also, study study study and practice practice practice. Wise men once said "Shoot for the moon, even if you dont hit it, youll land in the stars". With today's YOUTUBE era, we are blessed to be able to study and mimic any great NBA player out there. No other generation has ever had this great opportunity. So study YOUTUBE greats like Rose, Kidd, Isiah, Stock, GP, Ivo, Kobe, Skip, Headache, Alimoe, Paul, Deron, etc.. study them! See what moves they do, see how they set them up, see how they finish them. Dont get too starstruck and jaw dropped, these are humans just like you. Study them.

2 - To be a great dribbler and a great attacker,... it sound cliche, but you gotta have some swagger. Theres no other way around it. Dribbling, striking, and attacking take a great amount of fortitude. You cannot be TIMID and SCARED and expect to burn by 3 defenders and then dropping a sick dime to your teammate in the corner for a 3. No. You must FEEL IT.. it must BURN inside you. If it doesnt , then work harder. Sooner or later the pain turns into greatness. So go out there and dont be afraid to swing at your opponent. This is a boxing match and you cant win if you dont throw them hands. Give him a juke, a crossover, drive by and bump into him with your body.. let him know youre there and let him know youre not afraid to try and get yours.

3 - You gotta have patience. Maybe tonight youre being guarded by a great defender with quick hands, quick feet, good timing, and a great defense behind him. What are you gonna do? Attack him every single time in a wreckless fashion? NO! You must pick your spots wisely and carefully. It goes unnoticed ,but playing a great defensive team turns the game of basketball from checkers into CHESS. A mind game, a strategic effort to win the game is needed. So take a close eye at your defender. Which of his legs is stronger? Which of his feet is quicker? Which hand is faster? Which of his teammates is weak and which is strong? Who else do I need to get by to get to the hole? Questions questions questions that can only be answered by patience patience patience.

4 - Be able to go left and right.
I cannot stress this enough. Even if you use the same hand for every move, you gotta be able to go both ways. For some guys, its a quick spin, for some a crossover, for some a hesitation.. for some just a straight quick first step. Either or, work on both hands until you can confidently drive both ways and finish!

5- Quickness - the BULLET of any ATTACKER's gun. Generations of hoopsheads have often found themselves asking "How the heck is that dude so fast?" Ill tell you how. Strong core, strong legs, strong back, strong arms, strong feet, calm mind. Your abs and core are huge for quickness, but so is everything else. So get strong. Do Rocket jumps, squat jumps, invisible chairs, lunge jumps, pushups etc. Get QUICK!.. its more mental then anything ,but it comes with knowing that you work harder then the guy in front of you.

6- LOOK UP. Know where your teammates are , know where the opponents are, and know where the rim is. If your opponent knows you aint gonna pass it, or are not a team player, youre never gonna drive by him, he'll be expecting that everytime. So get your teammates involved, and know where they are at all times. Maybe you fake the pass one time and drive by him, or fake the pick n roll and go the other way, or give a hesitation/crossover one way where the crowd is , but instead you go solo down the baseline. Keep your head up and your eyes open.. always.

This is all I feel like typing now.. Ill continue it later maybe. Good luck and if you have any questions feel free to ask them.

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Old 06-28-2009, 11:52 PM   #2
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4 - Be able to go left and right.[/b] I cannot stress this enough. Even if you use the same hand for every move, you gotta be able to go both ways. For some guys, its a quick spin, for some a crossover, for some a hesitation.. for some just a straight quick first step. Either or, work on both hands until you can confidently drive both ways and finish!

any tips on improving this aspect of my game? I'm a fairly big guy (6'1, 205 lbs) and i'm usually one of the biggest players on the court in the players that I play with, so my style of play involves a lot of center style low-post, back to the basket manuevering. however I recognize that compared to NBA or college level basketball players, I'm probably guard sized, maybe an undersized forward at best, so I'm trying to develop my handles and midrange game. I feel like I have a pretty decent midrange jumper (not great, but I'm working on it) but my handles are really poor, specifically left-handed. I can only really drive to the right and I've encountered a few defenders who are deft enough to realize this and cut off my right side, which renders my penetration game almost useless. Even driving to the right side, because of my size I feel like I'm pretty slow and a lot of times defenders are able to cut me off (though I've been hitting the weights lately trying to work on my explosiveness and strength in general).

Any drills or specific workouts that I can do to help develop my left handed game? Ideally I'd like to first be able to at least drive to the left confidently and consistently, and then maybe after that work on developing a good crossover that I can use to shake people off me.
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Old 06-29-2009, 01:01 AM   #3
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Any drills or specific workouts that I can do to help develop my left handed game? Ideally I'd like to first be able to at least drive to the left confidently and consistently, and then maybe after that work on developing a good crossover that I can use to shake people off me.

One of my favorite drills is this...

1- start around the top of the key or freethrow line, dribble hard to the basket, finish strong with a layup, catch the rebound before it hits the ground, dribble back to the free throw line and do it again. Do this 10 times with each hand, with about 30-50 second rest between each set. Make sure you go up strong and finish strong. Also switch up your scores.. sometimes go up off a 2 footed hopstep, sometimes go up off one foot, etc. But go hard to the rim.

After you get used to this drill ,which will give you a good first step with either hand, start adding 1 move at the top of the key. For example, start at the top of the key, dribble hard left, spin back to the right, and finish strong with the right. Do it 10 times each way.. Or start at the top, dribble once, crossover and finish strong with the other hand. Get innovative with your drills nad use both hands.

This drill is limitless.. you can practice layups, midrange shots, pullups, spin moves, etc. all while also practicing a lethal first step. Remember, this drill begins with the first step. How you finish is up to you. .
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Old 06-29-2009, 01:10 AM   #4
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any tips on improving this aspect of my game? I'm a fairly big guy (6'1, 205 lbs) and i'm usually one of the biggest players on the court in the players that I play with, so my style of play involves a lot of center style low-post, back to the basket manuevering. however I recognize that compared to NBA or college level basketball players, I'm probably guard sized, maybe an undersized forward at best, so I'm trying to develop my handles and midrange game. I feel like I have a pretty decent midrange jumper (not great, but I'm working on it) but my handles are really poor, specifically left-handed. I can only really drive to the right and I've encountered a few defenders who are deft enough to realize this and cut off my right side, which renders my penetration game almost useless. Even driving to the right side, because of my size I feel like I'm pretty slow and a lot of times defenders are able to cut me off (though I've been hitting the weights lately trying to work on my explosiveness and strength in general).

Any drills or specific workouts that I can do to help develop my left handed game? Ideally I'd like to first be able to at least drive to the left confidently and consistently, and then maybe after that work on developing a good crossover that I can use to shake people off me.

I know I'm not the poster you wanted advice from, but each time you get some alone time on the court, just keep practicing on it. Start simple by starting on the left side and jogging, not running, to the basket for the lay-up. I promise you, even though it's pretty basic, it will help a lot. As you start getting used to it, it'll become easier and you'll be able to do it more on various speeds. If you want to be able to shift direction when driving, one good drill would be dribbling up the length of the court with your left hand. As you reach halfcourt shift/crossover to your right. Once you reach the three-point line of the other half, dribble/crossover hard to your left and sprint to the basket. You'd want to keep in mind that:

1) You have to dribble the ball in front of you. Not too far out, but far enough that it's still guarded by your body.

2) When changing direction, to your left in this case, you have to push HARD off your right foot. You don't stomp, but push off with your foot. It's kind of the same feeling as when you're jumping.

I hope this'll help you, man. Helped me, and I'm kind of in the same situation, even though I'm 5'10 (with shoes) and 140 pounds, I'm pretty much one of the biggest players on the court whenever I play. They try to force me to do big man stuff, but hell no, I'm going to do whatever I can, whether it's pulling up, posting up, slashing, gobbling up those rebounds and dishing out to teammates. I won't let those fools tell me what player I have to be.

Anyway, to the original post, thanks again, man! Your tips are really helpful. I like how you always include having "swagger" in your tips. Some people do say it's corny, but then it is pretty much true. oldlol:
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2) When changing direction, to your left in this case, you have to push HARD off your right foot. You don't stomp, but push off with your foot. It's kind of the same feeling as when you're jumping.


Anyway, to the original post, thanks again, man! Your tips are really helpful. I like how you always include having "swagger" in your tips. Some people do say it's corny, but then it is pretty much true. oldlol:

Good note. Its important to have light feet, and thats a great way to avoid having heavy, stone feet.
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Good note. Its important to have light feet, and thats a great way to avoid having heavy, stone feet.

Thanks. I also like the thing you said about having YouTube and stuff to help us study the game and be able to dissect the different steps on different aspects of (mainly the offensive) game. I do that a lot.
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Old 06-29-2009, 02:48 AM   #7
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Thanks. I also like the thing you said about having YouTube and stuff to help us study the game and be able to dissect the different steps on different aspects of (mainly the offensive) game. I do that a lot.
I do it too. Its really helpful. I have been trying to incorporate AI's stepback between the legs crossover move that he did to Tyronne Lou in the 01 Finals.
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Thanks a lot to both OP and NotYetGreat for the excellent tips, I will definitely try both of those drills next time I'm on the court (tomorrow). I know i have the natural size to be good, I just gotta work on developing my game some more. Last time I played the people I was playing with started calling me "Hedo" cause I was big and slow, but could still (sort of) make my own shot. I'd rather be called kobe or wade for my ability to finish!
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Thanks a lot to both OP and NotYetGreat for the excellent tips, I will definitely try both of those drills next time I'm on the court (tomorrow). I know i have the natural size to be good, I just gotta work on developing my game some more. Last time I played the people I was playing with started calling me "Hedo" cause I was big and slow, but could still (sort of) make my own shot. I'd rather be called kobe or wade for my ability to finish!

To tell you the truth, I ain't all that quick either, and I don't think you need to be. A lot of people can be quick or fast, but not everyone can be crafty. Damn the lack of a wink smiley.
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