1-2-2 Press – Complete Coaching Guide (Includes Images)

Basketball is a game of flow.

When a team is playing well, they’re usually advancing the ball quickly down the court with an attacking mindset. The ball moves quickly and easily. Offensive players play confidently and decisively.

It’s the job of the defense to try to break the offensive team’s rhythm.

One way to do this is through full court zone pressure, which can create indecision and force the offense to reverse the ball multiple times to cross the half court line.

Continue reading

How to Dominate as a Center in Basketball (Tips and Tricks)

The center, who is often referred to as the “five,” is one of the most important basketball positions on the team.

A dominant center can completely change the identity of a team’s offense and defense.

Often the player deemed “the center” is the tallest player on the team, and they usually spend a lot of time around the key on the defensive end of the floor.

Offensively, most of the center’s points will come right around the basket, although it’s becoming more common for them to step outside and hit midrange and three-point shots.

Continue reading

King of the Court (Fun Basketball Game and Drill)

Basketball teams are typically at their best when their offense is played within a team concept that promotes passing, moving the ball, and taking good shots.

However, this certainly does not mean that there is no longer a place for 1-on-1 opportunities or that an offensive player is being “selfish” by trying to beat their defender off the dribble.

In fact, many offensive scoring opportunities are created by one player making a move to get past his defender, which then opens up a shot for a teammate.

Continue reading

How to Do the Dream Shake in Basketball (5-Step Guide)

Named after its Hall of Fame innovator, the Dream Shake was popularized in the 1980’s and 1990’s by league MVP and 2-time NBA champion, Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon.

Olajuwon used his background in soccer to develop the famous move that is based largely on footwork and deception, and it remains one of the most well known and effective moves in the game today.

Continue reading