Hot Basketball How-Tos

How To: Make decisions from the high post in basketball

Learn how to practice quick decision making (pass or shoot) when on the high post and establish good basketball game rhythm. Videos two through four cover when and how to execute each option: jump shot, seal the post (pass the ball down to the player at the low post), and swing the ball (after setting the pick and sealing the post).

How To: Understand shooting surfaces in basketball

In this tutorial, we learn how to understand shooting surfaces in basketball. Make sure you have the ball located on the finger pads or shooting surfaces. On the finger pads, keep the ball engaged with them and not the palm of the hand. This is also the shooting surface, where you have better control of the basketball. You can elevate the basketball from your thumb by spreading out your fingers so there is a finger's length between the palm of the hand and the ball. Test this out with one of ...

How To: Snag Prime Seats at an NBA Game

There is no fan experience in professional sports quite like watching an NBA game live. Partly, this can be attributed to the combination of fluid teamwork and jaw-dropping athleticism the players exude in the form of size, speed, jumping ability, grace, and strength. What truly differentiates the NBA from the spectators' perspective, though, is the figurative nakedness of the players. While the NFL buries its athletes beneath pads and masks, the NBA presents its talent in shorts and a tank top.

How To: Teach the BEEF method of shooting in basketball

In this sports how-to video, Farmington HS boys basketball coach Shane Wyandt explains how he teaches the BEEF method of shooting. The work BEEF is an acronym for a ball shooting concept in basketball. The B stand for balance, the E for eyes, the second E for elbows, and the F for follow-through. To have good balance it is important to have you feet about shoulder width apart. Your eyes should always be focused on a target, and your elbows should be in line. Finally follow through means it sh...

How To: Defend a shot in netball

Geva Mentor shows how she defends a shot in netball. Netball is similar to basketball, but with no backboard. Since every scoring shot has to essentially be a "swish", blocking the high trajectory arc of the shot is key to this technique. Defend a shot in netball.

How To: Steal the basketball

Do you play basketball? Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to steal the ball on the court with Kansas senior point guard Russell Robinson. To this you, first you need to apply pressure. As you do this you force your opponent to make mistakes and this will give you a window of opportunity to exploit the situation. Keep in mind that you need to maintain defensive principles.

How To: Get your basketball shot off quicker

In this tutorial, we learn how to get your shot off quicker. Make sure you use your feet to establish a good stance and so you are ready to shoot the basketball before it ever arrives. Also, understand that flipping the shot will take too much time and ruin your shot. If the ball is dropped from a high position then brought up for release, this will take too much time. To avoid this, catch the ball and move in an "up" rhythm. This will make the shot go out quicker so you have more time to get...

How To: Practice a pump fake & pivot with Kobe Bryant

Learn how to do the Kobe Bryant pump fake & pivot! This is another Nike Signature Move from NBA Laker MVP Kobe Bryant. Get in triple threat position. Jab step, drive by, pump fake and then pivot. This is a mid-range game for when you have an aggressive defender. Show him the ball, step through for a drive. If the defender is close left pivot around in a pirouette. Take the shot or you've got the teammate.

How To: Improve your individual offense in basketball

This is great for coaches or players who want to improve their knowledge and understanding of their individual offense in basketball. Coach Kirby Schepp makes it easy for even beginners who are just learning this great sport. He explains it, his players demonstrate it, and a drill is shown so you can practice it on your own.

How To: Position your feet when shooting a ball

In this video, Tom tells us how to position your feet when shooting a ball. Momentum when you are shooting has to be controlled. You will have to plan how you are going to use your feet and what your lead and stop foot will be. You want to make sure the foot that is closest to the basket is facing it and not facing another way. You also want to create stability when you are shooting baskets. Establish your stop foot with the one closest to the basket. Once you get your feet down in the right ...

How To: Get the perfect shooting arc in basketball

In this video, we learn how to get the perfect shooting arc in basketball. When you are shooting, the arc is how you will get the ball into the hoop. You should first know the size of the basketball and basket in relation to how far away you are from the basket. Make sure the ball is going to reach the apex on its arc so it can reach the basket easiest. You will need to pay attention to the height of the basket so you know how angled your feet need to be when you are shooting. After you have ...

How To: Perform a perfect release when shooting a basketball

Learn how to perform a perfect release when shooting a basketball from Tom Curtis. First you have to focus on the wrist and finger follow through after you shoot the basketball. It should be a relaxed finger finish with the thumb pointing toward the floor. The ball should be released from the index and middle finger of the shooting hand leaving a sensation after the release. Make sure your fingers finish goes directly toward the basket.

HowTo: Ace a Free Throw

Larry Silverberg and Chau Tran of North Carolina State University tested more than 100,000 3-D simulations of free throws to come up with this HowTo for you. The two engineers have determined the perfect trajectory. Check out their strategy below, via Wired's How-To Wiki.

How To: Release point in basketball

In this tutorial, we learn how to release point in basketball with Tom. If you hesitate or hang, you will lose power in your legs and your ball will go short and flat. When you reach the top of your jump you will want to release your ball to get the most height out of it. When shooting the jump shot, pay attention to what it feels like when you are going to shoot. You want to feel powered up not effortless or underpowered when you are shooting. Time your release and make sure you have a high ...

How To: Improve man-to-man defense with Bruce Bowen

Nasty defender Bruce Bowen teaches you how to defend a player or in his case, superstars like Lebron James or Kobe Bryant. This is key to defensive plays. Man-to-man can be a full contact and aggressive way to play. You got to be quick on your feet and ready to get in the offense's face. Don't let the shot go off. It is your responsibility to beat them on every play.

How To: Improve your rebounding skills

This is great for coaches or players who want to improve their knowledge and understanding of rebounding in basketball. Coach Kirby Schepp makes it easy for even beginners who are just learning this great sport. He explains it, his players demonstrate it, and a drill is shown so you can practice it on your own.

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