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Old 09-26-2009, 09:52 PM   #1
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Default protecting the ball while driving in for a lay up?

Hello all,

i would like to get some of your advices on how to protect the ball while driving in for a lay up? i always get stripped by smaller or same size players when i already picked up the ball and in my steps to the lay up, is there a way to prevent that or at least make it a foul so they cant get a clean strip?

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Old 09-26-2009, 10:11 PM   #2
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Default Re: protecting the ball while driving in for a lay up?

Usually people don't try to steal the ball from me when I drive, but when they do, I take advantage of it. Sometimes, when I drive I grip the ball between my hand and arm, or I palm it, and I bring it halfway behind my back. They think I'm going to throw a behind the back pass and stop running to try to deflect it.

Like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwOjU...aynext_from=PL

Or if they players are smaller than you, like you mentioned, I would lay up like this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhzNdD-1hg0

I wouldn't necessarily go reverse, but I'd keep the ball above my head.

If you want a foul, cradle the ball with two hands and let them hack at you.
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Old 09-26-2009, 10:55 PM   #3
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Default Re: protecting the ball while driving in for a lay up?

It's so easy to steal you the ball when you keep the ball above your head .. Or normally you fail the shoot when you got some opposition :s

When i go to do a lay up, i try to put the ball close to my chest and grab around like when you're fighting to get the ball. Wade do that all the time.
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Old 09-26-2009, 11:05 PM   #4
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I cradle it like a running back
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Old 09-26-2009, 11:06 PM   #5
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Learn to cuff the ball. It makes you hold it strongly then also makes your elbow just so happen to be right there which prevents too much reaching and lunging in. See LeBron, Marbury, Melo, Kobe, highlights of them driving the lane.
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Old 09-26-2009, 11:48 PM   #6
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I cradle it like a running back

That's what i tried to say, Wade do that all the time
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Old 09-27-2009, 12:25 AM   #7
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That's what i tried to say, Wade do that all the time
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Old 09-27-2009, 12:27 AM   #8
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I cradle it like a running back

I do that a lot too. I actually got the idea from marbury...
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Old 09-27-2009, 12:36 AM   #9
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I do that a lot too. I actually got the idea from marbury...
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Default Re: protecting the ball while driving in for a lay up?

I do this, and I'm the only person I've ever seen to do it...

I don't even protect the ball really, I actually do some slight of hand.

I put my opposite hand like I'm about to lay the ball up (empty handed, think of it like playing air guitar) then I bring my hand back down and actually go up for the lay-up

You'd be shocked on how many people that move jukes
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Default Re: protecting the ball while driving in for a lay up?

woo hoo, thanks all, i think got an idea now

i will try to cradle or cuff the ball, it just sucks that people or help defense are stirpping me after i burnt the first man and it sometimes goes out of bounds on my knee too.

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Default Re: protecting the ball while driving in for a lay up?

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I do this, and I'm the only person I've ever seen to do it...

I don't even protect the ball really, I actually do some slight of hand.

I put my opposite hand like I'm about to lay the ball up (empty handed, think of it like playing air guitar) then I bring my hand back down and actually go up for the lay-up

You'd be shocked on how many people that move jukes


you got a clip? lol kinda hard to visualize it
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Old 09-28-2009, 01:34 AM   #13
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Default Re: protecting the ball while driving in for a lay up?

All of these are solid ideas. My contribution is to simply remind you that if have picked up your dribble, you're free to do whatever you want with the ball in those two strides of variable length. I do not have a set way of handling the ball when slipping into the lane, it's more about making split reactions based off of what will best protect the rock and take me to the rim. Sometimes I'll cuff, or hold like a running back, or even take the ball over my head and through the middle of two defenders attempting to converge.

On a fast break layup, I was always taught not to rock the ball back near my waist after I picked up my dribble (your body's natural movement will make you want to do so). A key is to keep the ball all the way in front of your body to cut down on someone trailing behind and stripping the ball away.
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Default Re: protecting the ball while driving in for a lay up?

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Hello all,

i would like to get some of your advices on how to protect the ball while driving in for a lay up? i always get stripped by smaller or same size players when i already picked up the ball and in my steps to the lay up, is there a way to prevent that or at least make it a foul so they cant get a clean strip?

THANKS!

Are you serious? you posted in my other thread that you dropped 34 pts in a game with 8-10 assists and you have problems with this?
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Old 09-29-2009, 03:12 PM   #15
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Default Re: protecting the ball while driving in for a lay up?

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It's so easy to steal you the ball when you keep the ball above your head .. Or normally you fail the shoot when you got some opposition :s

When i go to do a lay up, i try to put the ball close to my chest and grab around like when you're fighting to get the ball. Wade do that all the time.

Are you trying to say keeping the ball up high makes it easier to steal? You want to keep the ball up high so you can draw contact and keep it away from the defender. If you put it LOW, you are asking for defenders to knock it away or wrap you up and ref calls "jumpball"
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