DAY 18: CHECK UP
As of late it seems that everything you read about to help you become a better basketball player pertains to offense. How to shoot better, how to dribble better and of course how to jump higher so you can dunk. It’s rare you read anyone talking about defense.
Day 18 – Become a Better Defender
How come no one takes pride in their defense anymore?
Why are players afraid to pressure the ball?
Where have all the lock-down defenders gone?
(Thanks SC Playbook.com)
If you can defend, there’s a place for you.
You will be on the floor late in a close game, trust me.
Every coach wants a great defender to stop the opposing team’s best player.
It takes hard work; many don’t want to work. It takes courage, toughness and a desire!
I miss guys like Michael Cooper, Bobby Jones, Dennis Johnson, Scottie Pippen, Walt Frazier, shoot, I’ll even mention Gary Payton here.
It takes a special player to want to step up and defend. Pressure the ball, going chest-to-chest, containing and not playing mad-dog defense, play the passing lanes, help side position, drawing charges and getting deflections. Always having active hands, staying in your stance, staying down,never relaxing, closing out with high hands on outside shooters; defending the post, not allowing penetration, moving on the pass, jumping to the ball, boxing out, rebounding, going all out, being intense every minute you are on the floor.
In order to be a complete player, you need to play tough defense. Have pride in shutting down your man.
The next time you take the court, make a conscious effort to move your feet on defense, have active hands, never relax and communicate much more than you have in the past.
Become a better defender!
“Defense is hard work because it is unnatural. Defense is a science…You have to fight the natural tendencies and do things naturally that aren’t natural.”
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