January 16, 2004, Newsletter Issue #145: CONTROLLED FAST BREAK

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Guards should practice changing speeds in the open court against defensive pressure including the cross-over from a speed dribble. Ballhandlers also must slow down and be able to find teammates at the end of the break or set up the offense if there is not an offensive advantage.

While running the fast break lanes should be an all out sprint, players must learn to slow themselves down enough to gain control at the end of the break. This way, when they catch the ball the are ready to ride it in for a layup, pull up for a jump shot, put the ball on the floor to drive, or stop under control and search for open teammates.

A good way to understand this is by applying the concept of the "runway" on the fast break. A jet doesn`t land on a runway at the same speed as in the middle of it`s flight. Fly down the lanes, get control on the runway, and then "taxi" into position for a great "landing" and a good offensive possession.

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