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Running is always a good exercise for conditioning in basketball and for any sport. Both distance running and sprinting. The distance will build up your stamina, which is important at the end of the game and withstanding a long season. Sprinting builds strength and is the type of running you will be doing, there are a lot of short burst of running in basketball. Weightlifting is another good exercise for basketball. You want to work on all areas of the body because you use so many of your muscles for the different movements and skills in the sport. Jumping rope is an excellent basketball exercise for conditioning. It builds coordination, stamina, and improves your jumping ability.