Improving Your Free Throw

kobe free throwsFree throws should be the easiest shot for anyone to make. It’s shot from the exact same position on the court every time. There is no defender in the way, and if you have the home court or are playing a game of 21, there is much less distraction. Free throws take practice, but most of all, it takes knowledge of just knowing how to correctly shoot the free throw. Every person has the ability to make a high percentage of free throws, they just have to know how to correctly shoot free throws. Shooting from the same location, without defense, and being able to go through your procedure should allow every player to be a quality free throw shooter. If you cannot make 70% of your free throws, we need to make some adjustments.

There are a few different schools of thought for free throw shooting. Part of what goes into a good free throw shot that consistently goes in is having good form, a routine, and a clear though process. Continue reading “Improving Your Free Throw”

Rebounding

Rebounding is one of the major stat lines taken into account during games of basketball. While it may not be as glamorized in professional leagues or in games on the street, rebounding is one of the most important aspects of the game.

basketball reboundingNo matter the position, rebounding is an extremely beneficial thing to do to help increase your teams likelihood of securing a win. It’s not just for the big guys on the court, the guards who can pull down rebounds are a major threat to the other teams and help serve as all around weapons on the court. Many games can be decided by the team that collects the most boards, and however many members of the team that go to grab rebounds can determine who is going to come out of the game victorious.
Here are some tips to help improve the rebounding ability for yourself or your players.

Rebounding Tips

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Basketball Memories

Basketball has always been my first love, I remember growing up always having a basketball in my hands at recess and after school. If you ever saw me as a kid, I always had a basketball in my hand.  Just like everything else in life, if you want to be great at anything it takes constant, quality repetition.  If you don’t put in the hours, days, and weeks into some endeavors than you want to be successful at nothing will come about.  If you want something, in my case it was basketball handling skills, than you have to become a fanatic.  I wasn’t born a six foot eight inches freak of nature athlete, dunking on everybody.  I had to develop into being a smart player, using the whole court whether it was passing, defense, three point shots, plays etc.  Growing up I was never going to be a center or power forward.  What most professional basketball players with my size were playing, was more so guards or shooting guards.  A tremendous amount of skill must be continually growing to have all the necessary ball handling, shooting, defensive, and play making skills to become a great guard.  

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The Art of the SkyHook

kareem abdul jabbar skyhook

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is by far the leading scorer in the history of the NBA. He utilized the greatest shot that the Association, and any other basketball leagues had ever seen, yet, following his departure, it has not been utilized by today’s breed of players.

The skyhook has essentially disappeared from the tool belts of basketball players of today, which seems absolutely absurd in the eyes of people who saw just how dominant the shot was for Kareem.

Abdul-Jabbar put a lot of effort into making sure his hook shot was perfected. If the generation of today took note on how much their games would be elevated with the skyhook in their arsenal, they should be considered crazy to not practice it. Continue reading “The Art of the SkyHook”

The Crossover Dribble

crossover dribble basketballThe crossover is one of the most essential basketball dribbles for any player on the basketball court. No matter the size or the position played, the crossover dribble helps any offensive player create separation from their defender in an effort to have an opening on the court.

The crossover is a simple move to understand, but perfecting can improve the success of a player on the court by leaps and bounds.

The crossover simply is a move that is used by a dribble while dribbling the ball in one hand swiftly dribbles the ball to put it in the other hand, and is particularly used when changing direction, or trying to deceive a player into believing there is going to be a change in direction. Continue reading “The Crossover Dribble”