basketball-training
Ways to Improve Your Shooting
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Ways to Improve Your Shooting

You will find here 6 major tips to improve your shoot.

1. Get open.

Create a lead before you receive the ball. Take advantage of your teammates to find an open shot position. Set up the shot you want. "Hoped Shots" rarely end up in the basket.

2. Shot selection.
Know your ability and your shooting percentage. Concentrate a lot while shooting practice. This is important to have a higher percentage during practice. Some good practice shooters may become only average game shooters, but there are no poor practice shooters who are excellent game shooters.
Know where your teammates are before shooting. Make sure no teammate is open for a better shot. Know when to shoot. Passing up a good shot is just as important as taking a bad shot. Be aware of defensive players' and offensive rebounders' positions.

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Alimoe Crossover [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Alimoe Crossover [Video Demonstration]

If there's any name you can attach to this move, it's that of AND1's Alimoe, whose frequent use of the crossover has left ballers from coast to coast looking lost. Although effective in most one-on-one situations, it's best employed in transition with a defender facing you up.

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Shammgod [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Shammgod [Video Demonstration]

 
This move is the trademark of God Shammgod, formerly known as Shammgod Wells, who had a brief stint in the NBA with the Washington Wizards.
 
  1. With your right hand, dribble the ball so that it lands roughly a fifteen inches in front of your left foot.
 
  1. Lean forward as if to make a move towards the basket, but take the ball with your left hand and step back quickly. If performed smoothly, you’ll create a few feet of space between you and your defender.
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Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Basketball rules – Court & Equipment

THIS IS BASKETBALL. An American-invented game hinged to science, skill and speed, basketball is played by two teams with five or (in rare circumstances) fewer players on each side. The ball is round and can be batted, bounced, rolled or thrown within the jurisdiction of the playing rules. The object of the game is tossing the ball through one of the two 10-foot-high baskets at opposite ends of the floor. If Team A shoots successfully into its own basket, it' s two or three points for Team A. It is also two points for Team 6 if Team A mistakenly shoots successfully into Team B' s basket.

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Bynum crossover [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Bynum crossover [Video Demonstration]

While not much to look at in isolation, this crossover can be beautiful when pulled off cleanly. Former Georgia Tech guard Will Bynum has broken it out frequently over the years, often using it to create space while caught in traffic. Simple to pick up but hard to perfect, it's a valuable addition to anyone's repertoire.

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The Hypnotizer [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

The Hypnotizer [Video Demonstration]

 
Another move made famous by Sizzle himself, the Hypnotizer can be spectacular. This trick is only effective when your defender is playing you very closely.
 
  1. Crouch down very low to the ground and dribble the ball rapidly behind your back.
 
  1. Having done for this for a few seconds, cup the ball between your hand and wrist and flick it (from behind) over both you and the defender.
 
  1. Pretend to continue dribbling until the defender straightens up, then run around them and retrieve the ball.
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Breathe and Stop [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Breathe and Stop [Video Demonstration]

 
This one is very much illegal, but still a nice move for the street courts.
 
  1. Dribble the ball between your legs to your right hand.
 
  1. Cross the ball over to your left hand.
 
  1. With the ball on your left, straighten up as if to cross it back.
 
  1. Instead of dribbling the ball, simply drop it.
 
  1. Lean forward and catch the ball with your right hand.
 
  1. Pull it back to your right and continue from there.
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The Catwalk [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

The Catwalk [Video Demonstration]

Move Type: Game

Tip: The timing of the tap is essential. Hit the ball too early and your defender will close their legs. Hit it too late, and they might steal it from you.

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Baron Davis Spin [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Baron Davis Spin [Video Demonstration]

If you want evidence of the efficacy of the move, you need look no further than Manu Ginobili, who found himself looking at thin air after Baron Davis turned him the wrong way with this one. Solid footwork and body control are required here, as well as good timing to ensure that the ball isn't exposed to the defender at any point.

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Sauce 2K [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Sauce 2K [Video Demonstration]

 
Smooth and stylish, this move is yet another to have been made famous by Hot Sauce. One key detail to note is that, after the first dribble, your left hand will not be used throughout the entire trick.
 
  1. Dribble through your legs from back to front, from your left hand to your right.
 
  1. Cuff the ball in your right hand and fake across your body in the motion of an underarm pass.
 
  1. Do not release the ball, but pull it back across your body to your right side.
 
  1. Without dribbling, swing it back to your left side.
 
  1. Move your left leg forward and dribble the ball behind it (and through your legs).
 
  1. Regain control of the ball with your right hand.
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Spin Cross [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 Hoopsvibe

Spin Cross [Video Demonstration]

Start with your right hand. Fake a fast start towards the right. At this point your defender believes you are driving to the basket with your right hand.

Block your start spinning clockwise at 180 degrees while bouncing the ball in your back from your right hand to your left hand.

The basket should be in your back when you catch the ball in your left hand.

As soon as your ball is in your right hand, continue spinning the remaining 180 degrees while bringing the ball back to your right hand between your legs.

As soon as the ball is in your right hand, fake another fast start towards the right and bring the ball back to the left hand by bouncing it behind your back.

 

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Shirt Catch [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Shirt Catch [Video Demonstration]

Move Type: Freestyle/Game

Tip: Jump forward very slightly in order to catch the ball more easily. Notes: Move performed by Rashaun Daniels in Just For Fun Volume One.

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One-handed Shammgod
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

One-handed Shammgod

 
This is a simple variation on the Shammgod.  It was performed by Tracy McGrady in the most recent All-Star game.
 
  1. With your right hand, dribble the ball fifteen inches in front of your left foot so that it bounces fairly close to your defender.
 
  1. As they lunge for it, reach across your body with your right hand and pull the ball back diagonally across your defender's body so that it bounces wide of your right side. This should leave them turned to their right while you slip easily past them on their left. Alternatively, you can dribble the ball between their legs (see the video for a demonstration).
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Off the Heezy [Video Demonstraion]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Off the Heezy [Video Demonstraion]

 
This is a favourite of A.O., who has pulled the move off on various mixtapes. An optional extra is to pull the defender’s headband over their eyes prior to attempting the trick.
 
  1. Dribble low and fast to draw the defence towards you.
 
  1. When they crouch into the defensive position, straighten up and throw the ball gently off their forehead.
 
  1. Catch the ball and continue dribbling
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