Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Never Jump or Lunge at Fakes

To avoid jumping at your offensive opponent’s ball fakes, stare at your opponent’s stomach. When you look at the ball, it’s easy to be faked out, but no one can fake you out with their waist. Where the waist goes, so will your offensive opponent. If you’re in a good defensive position with your knees bent, then your head should be around stomach level. Just remember look at your opponent’s waist, not the ball. This applies to both pass fakes and jump shot fakes.

One of the worst things you can do on defense is jump at your opponents three point shot. What if he or she doesn’t shoot it? You’re in the air and your opponent has either dribbled past you or possibly drawn a foul while you were in the air and is heading to the three point line for three free throws!

Friendly reminder: this was mentioned in an earlier post, but don’t lunge on the pass fakes either! You’re unlikely to steal the ball!

Not falling for ball fakes is one of those skills that a great player will only develop with discipline. Discipline separates the good player from the great players. Let’s face it, it’s hard to not lunge at pass and shot fakes because we want to steal the ball, block the shot, make the big play, and hear the fans cheer! Fans don’t cheer when you stay in your defensive stance!

But always remember, winning a game is what matters at the end of the day. Many fans in the crowd won’t notice the little things like the discipline to stay in a defensive stance, but the score at the end of the game will reflect it. See the bigger picture, see the winning score at the end of the game. You’ll be a better player for it.

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