December 13, 2002, Newsletter Issue #88: MOVING WITHOUT THE BALL

Tip of the Week

Move to create proper spacing, using the three point line and marks on the floor as a spacing guide. Try to maintain 12`-18` spacing and don`t get bunched up. The floor should be balanced (don`t have four guys on one side of the floor and only one on the other - unless it is an isolation play designed to take advantage of something in particular).

Get open when the man with the ball is in a position to pass the ball by faking one way and using a V-cut or an L-cut to elude the defense. If that player without the ball is being overplayed, he should cut backdoor (behind the man and to the basket)

When a teammate passes you the ball, come and meet it - don`t wait for it to get to you. Passes are usually stolen the last third of the pass--it is the receiver`s responsibility to step to and meet the pass aggressively.

After a shot is taken, either move to the board and go after the ball OR get back on defense.

Bottom line is the only real mistake is to stand and do nothing. Keep moving and be HARD TO GUARD!

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