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Five Sneaky Tips from the NBA – How to Play Basketball Like a Pro

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In high school and college, most basketball coaches prefer their players not to be too fancy with their basketball moves because the heart of the game is scoring, not showing how many tricks they can maneuver. Also, most of these tips are quite risky; if players cannot hit them precisely, it will likely result in turnover. In some situations, however, these sneaky basketball tricks that we often see NBA players do can be very helpful. The important idea is that you have to know how to perform them correctly and that you should try to use them sparingly in order to avoid unnecessary mistakes.

1. Cross dribble

Dwyane Wade and Allen Iverson are really good at it. The cross dribble is essentially a weight transfer trick that allows you to use your swing towards the hoop to your best advantage. To perform this basketball trick on the right you have to push hard towards your left foot (assuming you are kept to the right), move the ball with your right hand over your body on a diagonal path, catch the ball with your hand left, then take a long cross step towards the basket with your right foot. This movement is a no-no when you are closely watched; it might be quite easy for the defender to steal the ball from you. Also, never reach out with your left hand to grab the ball. Instead, let it bounce off your left side. By reaching out, you automatically expose the ball to your defender and can dribble the ball with your foot.

2. Spin Dribble

Use this basketball trick when you are on the open court and the defender is blocking your way to the basket. To perform this move (assuming you’re right handed) dribble hard with your right hand towards the defender, place your left foot slightly in front, do a quick 180 degree pivot with your left foot, then move on to dribble with your left hand halfway through the rotation. With your back to the defender, do another 180 degree swivel with your right foot and you should face the basket again. Two downsides to this basketball trick are that you will be momentarily forced into a blind spot as you turn, and if you make this movement too quickly you may end up off balance.

3. Pass behind the back

This is a high risk move, so do it right or don’t do it at all. A good time to perform this trick is in a two-on-one and quick-break situation. To effectively pass the ball behind your back, the impetus must come from your arm and fingers, not the rotation of your shoulder. Turning your shoulder gives defenders you’re about to pass behind the back. Also, make sure you have good communication and mutual understanding with the teammate you are passing the ball to.

4. False change of pace

This can be a very useful gesture when you are on a double team. The more exhausted defenders, the more likely they are to be fooled by this trick. As you’re about to double-team, slow down and plant your front foot. Hold your head up and straighten up a bit, so that the defenders think you are slowing down. As you see them also slow down, speed up by pushing your front foot, walk past them and walk towards the basket.

5. Shot blocking

Blocking shots is another thing we see more often in the NBA than in high school or college basketball games. Most great players can easily block a shot, but not all can do it correctly. Here are the things you need to remember when blocking a shot:

1.) Don’t just block for the sake of blocking. Try to deflect the ball where your teammates can get an easy rebound position.

2.) To avoid profanity, keep your right hand to give the impression that the shooter is putting the ball in your hand.

3.) Keep your feet planted on the ground. Jumping could make you vulnerable for being rigged.


Source by Om Paramapoonya

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