November 16, 2001, Newsletter Issue #32: IMPROVE TEAM DEFENSE

Tip of the Week

Always try to put defensive pressure on the player with the ball. Pressure makes the offense worry more about the defense, than their offense. Rick Majerus, the coach at the University of Utah, says that pressure is when the referee is counting.
Take a few steps in the direction of every pass that is thrown. This will put you in a position to stop your man if he tries to cut to the basket. You also will be in the right spot to help your teammates.
Always be able to see your man and the man with the ball. You need to be able stop your man AND help your teammates if they get beat.
React to the ball and help your teammates. The only man that can score is the man with the ball. If he`s open - go guard him. If he passes the ball back to your man, sprint back and be ready to pressure him again.
If everyone on your team executes these fundamentals, you will not give up many easy shots. This puts your team in a position to be succesful.

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