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Old 02-12-2010, 06:11 PM   #1
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Default need ball handling advice

i see alot of you guys are young bucks tryna get to the NBA thats wassup

For me its a little too late for that, but i am in a Men's adult league right now, i play for fun and to keep in shape. Basically im the shortest dude on my team. Im 6'0 and everyone else is way over 6 foot. When i used to play in high school i played Small Forward, basically im running the point for my team now but need some advice on getting my left handles better. Im not used to being the playmaker, but i have to adjust somehow. My right is strong, my left is OK but needs work, any advice? (drills, things i can do to get my left on par wit my right)

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Old 02-12-2010, 06:36 PM   #2
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Well one of them has got to be just dribbling with your left. If you are a point guard, you have to be able to dibble anywhere on the court and with either hand. There are so many dribbling drills out there tho I am not going to claim I know which ones are the best, but I would practice drills based on the way you see PG's play. The thing I see most of them do is spinning... ya know that little spin coming up the court or moving around the court switching hands and creating space for themselves. I would find a chair and practice spinning from right to left and vice versa... and everytime you do run up the court dribbling solely with the hand you spun to. Ball speed is key too. The faster you can dribble, the harder it is for someone to knock it away and the quicker you can pick it up... so practice dribbling faster. You will probably lose control a lot at first, but eventually it will become more fluid and regular dribbling will be much easier.

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Old 02-12-2010, 08:32 PM   #3
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Do what I did ... dribble with a tennis ball. It's difficult but once you master that, dribbling a basketball will be nothing. Once I get healthy, I will post a video of me demonstrating.
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Old 02-12-2010, 08:52 PM   #4
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Do what I did ... dribble with a tennis ball. It's difficult but once you master that, dribbling a basketball will be nothing. Once I get healthy, I will post a video of me demonstrating.
Melo does that.

I do the pistol pete, I just dribble the ball everywhere. I used to do the Marbury and sleep with it.
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Melo does that.

I do the pistol pete, I just dribble the ball everywhere. I used to do the Marbury and sleep with it.
Pete's dad used to drive the car, and he'd dribble out the passenger window.
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Steve Nash grew up with a tennis ball in his hands at all times practicing
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I need to try that tennis ball thing... I dribble with a small ball in my house and it has really helped my ball handling (got me a little fisher price hoop that I still use haha) so I bet the tennis ball thing would help it even more.
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I need to try that tennis ball thing... I dribble with a small ball in my house and it has really helped my ball handling (got me a little fisher price hoop that I still use haha) so I bet the tennis ball thing would help it even more.
Tennis Ball works around the house. It's not as loud or potentially as destructive as dribbling a real ball around the house (my mom used to smack me when I dribbled in the house) ... so thats a plus, and then of course the fact that its a tennis ball will make it easier come time to dribble a real rock on the court.

Also, even more difficult than a tennis ball, is if you dribble a golf ball. But I only suggest doing that if you're outside.
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Just a quick question about the tennis ball.

Can you still dribble it on carpet or do u recommend just on like hardwood or tile?
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Old 02-13-2010, 11:38 AM   #10
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Pete's dad used to drive the car, and he'd dribble out the passenger window.
That's where Pete and I go our seperate ways.

I could not do that at any point of my life.
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cool , thanks for the suggestions!
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Just a quick question about the tennis ball.

Can you still dribble it on carpet or do u recommend just on like hardwood or tile?
You can do it on anything ... just takes practice.
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Old 02-13-2010, 07:47 PM   #13
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i see alot of you guys are young bucks tryna get to the NBA thats wassup

For me its a little too late for that, but i am in a Men's adult league right now, i play for fun and to keep in shape. Basically im the shortest dude on my team. Im 6'0 and everyone else is way over 6 foot. When i used to play in high school i played Small Forward, basically im running the point for my team now but need some advice on getting my left handles better. Im not used to being the playmaker, but i have to adjust somehow. My right is strong, my left is OK but needs work, any advice? (drills, things i can do to get my left on par wit my right)

thanks

I don't feel like reposting it over and over so look in the shootaround thread. and read what i told LeBronAirJames.

The tennis ball thing, works for a lot of ppl, but I wasn't one of them. I needed the actually ball in my hand to get better. Do a lot of pounding the ball hard, when you practicing dribble at various heights, and cross overs back and forth slowy doesn't have to be fast.

When growing up, when it came to dribble i was told keep it simple. Then you'll improve to wear you can do see nice combos.
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Old 03-07-2010, 05:14 PM   #14
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First, if I were you I would sit and study hot sauce, lol. But seriously if you wanna learn from the best, he is the best ball handler hands down.

Check these out for great places to find handling tips that I've looked at:

http://www.squidoo.com/streetballworld
http://www.streetball.com
http://www.youtube.com

youtube is amazing for anything you want to know or see, lol.
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try to start using your left hand more when doing every day things.
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