When you dribble a basketball, there’s a lot going on: fingertip control, dexterity, hand and wrist strength and proficient ball handling. Add defensive players applying pressure on the court and an intense game, and it’s evident who’s mastered the fundamentals. I was talking to Bobby Plump (remember the winning shot when the small town won the Indiana state championship in the movie, Hoosiers? The real person on the actual Milan team who made that shot was Bobby Plump) – anyway, Bobby commented that moving with a basketball in his hands was a natural feeling – second nature. I think that’s… Read more »
Capitalize on all that energy kids have by challenging them to learn and develop new basketball skills on your home court. Kids think it’s fun to try to do something new and get faster and better at it while being encouraged and guided by someone like mom, dad, uncle, aunt or coach. Do that with a modified 55-second garden gloves dribbling drill. There are a few things you won’t need for the beginner’s drill: the Goalrilla Basketball Goal (at least not until you’re done with the practice to shoot for fun!) the garden gloves just 55 seconds The 55 Second… Read more »
How can you become a master of free throw shooting? Learn the fundamentals and practice, practice, practice! Whatever your skill level – beginner, intermediate or advanced – use this drill to help you boost your confidence and become a free throw pro as you rack up the points as you practice on your Goalrilla Basketball Goal system at home. The challenge Using the fundamentals of free throw shooting, the player: 1. Takes position at the free throw line with basketball in hand 2. Shoots 25 free throws 3. Throughout the drill, “reads” his/her shots and makes adjustments as needed to… Read more »
It takes two, baby — Really, it takes more than two on the basketball court, but it’s the idea that a team is more than one player and a good team moves the ball between players to win games – and that requires passing. Developing a strong, fundamentally sound stationary two-handed chest pass is a key building block to moving the basketball from one player to another – and puts the team into teamwork. Teamwork on the court means players are familiar with how each other play and they work together to move the ball and score. That familiarity comes… Read more »
In the heat of a game the adrenalin and concentration is intense – so are the nerves – especially when it comes to shooting and making baskets and points! Many great players have said that there are times when the body just knows what to do and does it. But to get to that point, well, you know the p-word – practice. You do the One Minute Mid-Range Shooting Challenge with the intensity of game play, so the pressure is there – it’s just that the consequences aren’t as dire – except to your own standards (which may be just… Read more »
Mastering the fundamentals of perimeter shooting takes time – and practice. And, once a player has developed good skills, there is still work to be done. Developing Conditioning Footwork Hand and eye coordination Catch and pivot Shooting fundamental execution and Perimeter shooting proficiency It takes more time, effort and practice. If you are an intermediate to advanced level player, try this drill that will challenge you and help you become more proficient on the basketball court – and valuable to your team. It’s great because you can practice on your own – even on your Goalrilla Basketball Goal home court!… Read more »
Look at most every group – sports team, social organization even a political organization – and you’ll be able to sort out the Alpha Dog – the top dog that everyone follows. Sometimes in very talented groups the Alpha Dog isn’t evident right away, but then something happens and bingo – there he (or she) is! They seem to fall into two categories: Those who inspire others to follow and support them Those who are awed and feared by those around them For instance, Bill Russell inspired his teammates. Bills Simmons relates this story in The Book of Basketball, which… Read more »
A little confidence goes a long way. Yeah, right – but on the basketball court? Yes, especially on the basketball court. Coaches can help most players improve shooting form to improve their shooting percentage, but that doesn’t mean those shots will score. Some players just don’t have the touch – or the confidence. There’s a difference between a shooter and a scorer. Take Elgin Baylor – if you don’t know, he is considered the progenitor of Michael Jordan – he could shoot and he could score. Known as a player whose bottom half might be off balance, the top half… Read more »
Let’s talk about legs. Of course, with all the action on a basketball court, leg strength and endurance is important – but let’s focus on using legs for jumping. Do you get as amazed as me at the jumping – no, the springing, abilities that basketball athletes possess today? It is truly an awe-inspiring moment when you see Blake Griffin jump high enough that his KNEES are level with another player’s HEAD – I mean, it’s hard to believe – I suppose I’d say, “Yeah, right” if someone told me about it – but seein’ is believin’. In fact, there’s… Read more »
There’s nothing sweeter than the “swish” of nothing but net – Those shots are special for a reason – they’re tough to make. Players are more likely to make the basket when they concentrate on the sweet spot on the goal – the shooting square. The shooting square is, according to the official NBA Rules under Section II – Equipment: A transparent backboard shall be marked with a 2” white rectangle centered behind the ring. This rectangle shall have outside dimensions of 24” horizontally and 18” vertically. With good form and aiming for the shooting square, scoring becomes an expected… Read more »
Rumors are flying all around the NBA about players being traded and deals being just a handshake away as the deadline for trades approaches.
Even though fans get either elated or irritated with all the trades and deals, it’s a fact that basketball players change teams a lot. Careers and popularity rise and fall –
When watching youngsters play basketball, have you ever noticed players who do only one of two things? They are either running – or standing. It’s like stop and go, stop and go and then, for something new, go and stop.