Playing defense in basketball is a lost art. The majority focus is and will forever be on scoring the ball. Their are players in the NBA right not that the only reason they are there is because of Defense.
Rotating on defense is a normal part of every possession. The key is knowing your opponent and their tendencies. Some players are shooters and others who love to attack. This information is so valuable because it dictates how you rotate.
- Shooters can’t have any space. You stick to them like your life depended on it.
- Players who attack the basket require a total team effort. It takes every defender being on point with their rotations.
- If the player is not a threat still remember they are on the floor for a reason, don’t fall asleep and let them split past you for a easy bucket.
Check out this lock down defense from college powerhouse Virginia. Brought to you by Jeff Parriott.
- Hornets defeat Wizards in 2OT to move to 8-9 on the season.
- Lebron James scores 23 of 33 points in the 4th quarter against the Brooklyn Nets.
- The 76ers dominate Portland as Embiid goes for 28 points and 12 rebounds in just 30 minutes.
- Clash of the unsuccessful, Hawks vs Clippers. Blake Griffin has triple double in Los Angeles victory.
- Miami Heat snap Celtics 16 game winning streak with a nail biting finish.
- Knicks come up big in the 3rd quarter 41-10 and go on to beat the Raptors 108-100.
- Rockets blow past Denver as they shoot 68% from the field on the first half.
- Harrison Barnes hits the game winning three off the glass to edge out Memphis by 1, 95-94.
- Timberwolves starters combine for 110 of 124 as they defeat the Orlando Magic.
- Westbrook’s near triple double sends a message to the Warriors. OKC has plans to derail Warriors hopes for 2 in a row.
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Thanksgiving has been an incredible day filled with reminiscing on what we’re thankful for, family, food, and sports. What else can there be right! The morning consisted of watching the baby and cooking. Getting my girls together for a fun day with the family at our aunts home. Heading off to her house for a family gathering. A beautiful thanksgiving meal with all the fixings. To top the night off games and karaoke that filled the house with laughter and joy.
Being in California and not Oklahoma this year has me feeling quite homesick. Marring into a family that is located half way across the country from my hometown was not an easy decision. Knowing this my wife and I knew it would be difficult at times. We would have to sacrifice for each other to spend time in either state.
Even though today was very delightful it was hard to shut out the feelings of sadness missing my parents, sisters, and the rest of the crew I have grown up to enjoy holidays with. In moments like this my mind tends to shut down and lean on things that bring comfort. Unfortunately my first choice is not always going to God for comfort. Here are a couple of things I tend to run to for comfort, maybe you can relate.
Why do we run to anything other than Jesus? We tend to create a comfort zone for ourselves where we can hide from our problems instead of addressing them. Idols, that’s what these comfort items are truly. When we place anything above the King and run to that particular thing for comfort or escape. It no longer is just a comfort zone, it becomes an idol.
I’m right there with you, and I will be completely transparent. I struggle with makings comfort items into idols. It’s something that makes my heart happy and allows me not to think about my problems. I challenge you along with myself to make Jesus our first outlet! When He comes first we are handling the issue at hand by placing our circumstances in the only hands who can really make a difference. All the outlets I have are healthy but only when they are placed in proper position behind my Lord and Savior.
Exodus 20:3 You shall have no other Gods before me.
This Thanksgiving remember the source of your joy and look to Jesus. Have a wonderful day and God bless!
War is one of my favorite team drills. It works on endurance, rebounding, boxing out, fast break, and communication.
For this drill the more people the better, up to 5 on 5. You can use one on one but it takes away the team aspect. You will split up into two teams. Offense around the three point line and defense in the paint. Partner up with someone who will be a challenge to guard or have a even matched opponent. The coach starts out with the ball and will intentionally miss the shot. When the shot goes up the defensive will find their matchup, box out, and explode for the board. Offense will try to maneuver around the defense to get the rebound and put it back up for a shot. If the offense gets the rebound they go back up with a quick shot or pass to a teammate for a better look. If the defense gets the ball they turn and push it full court and try to score on the fast break. If they miss the shot then the boxing out and rebound cycle continues. The drill ends when one team gets the rebound and scores.
This drill uses fundamentals to improve your game. It’s extremely active and enjoyable by getting players together almost like a scrimmage atmosphere. This is what most young players ask for. Try it out in your next practice and let me know how it goes.
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