Many people all over the world love basketball. You need to know all about it, though, if you want to play the sport or just watch it. By checking out the advice below, you can learn more about the great game of basketball.
Even professional basketball players spend a lot of time watching other people play basketball. Go to a bunch of professional games in person, watch them on television, or just get online to search for basketball videos. You'll see that every great player has specific skills that cause them to be great and you have the opportunity to practice what you're watching them do.
Work on being able to receive a pass. Practice catching errant throws along with perfect passes. Understand that during a game, you will receive very scattered passes. Some will be good; some won't. Being able to get imperfect passes will limit turnovers.
Keeping your fingers spread wide is important for holding onto the ball. This way, you won't lose the ball when holding it. Do not allow your palm to come in contact with the ball either. Whether you are passing or shooting the ball, your fingers are the only part of your hand that should be touching the ball.
When exercise, concentrate on perfecting footwork and strengthening your core muscles. With a stronger core, you'll be able to balance better. The most important muscle groups include your back, stomach, and pelvic region. Jumping rope is great for improving your footwork and also helping you to gain speed.
If you experience a slump in your scoring and shooting, your shoulders may be the cause of the problem. If they're in a poor position, no matter your skill level, you will be unable to make the shot. Be sure that your shoulders square up in front of the hoop. You want your strong-side shoulder in perfect alignment with the rim.
Always be aware of where you have your feet and what you are going to do with them next. You want to make sure you don't step over the bounds by even a teeny bit. Not dribbling when you take more than a few steps will result in a walking call as well as a forfeit of the ball. In addition, moving one foot while working on setting a screen or pick will produce a foul.
To become a better free throw shooter, use the same routine prior to every shot. Perhaps you will dribble twice, follow up by bending your knees, pulling your earlobe or performing some other ritualistic action for good luck. If you make your routine consistent, your body will eventually know how to make the shot every time.
When you're practicing passing, try to look the other way. This will make your actions very confusing to the other team. When done right, the look draws your opponents to the wrong locale so that the person you passed to has a good long look at the basket before shooting. When done smoothly it can be a game changer.
Dribbling hard helps you protect the ball. This makes the ball go back to your hand quicker, so offense has reduced chances at taking it from you. If you have an opponent who is guarding you relentlessly, it is time to pass the ball.
Practice noticing what is in your peripheral vision. This will prepare you for unexpected passes and help you evade defenders. Working to improve you peripheral vision will help you become a more successful player. When you can see the big picture, you can react to anything.
When you have a chance, take a charge. This play gets your team possession of the ball and a foul against your opponent. This does great harm to an opponent's psyche, and is a truly powerful play.
Varying your pace and direction keeps the offense off guard. While you run at the net, plant the front foot and start straightening your body. This will make the guard think you're slowing down, then they will straighten their body too. When that happens, rush forward and power past them.
Your defenders need to wait for the point guard to make it 10' ahead of the time line. At this point, your guards must rush the point guard thus trapping him. Your forwards should then go cover the wing players. This can cause the point guard to pass the ball in a way that your teammates can easily steal.
Shoot from NBA distances to see your three-point skills improve. The International standard line, as well as college and high school lines are all closer. Learning how to shoot from the NBA three point line can help you get better looks at the basket.
Where you are standing on the court can make a difference as to whether you get a rebound. Use both feet to jump and then get the ball using both hands. Once you have the basketball, land with wide feet that will help you keep your balance.
Manage your nerves whenever you shoot. Focus on the basketball hoop. Learn to always focus your gaze on the back edge of the rim as you shoot the ball. However, if you are going in for the lay-up, move your eyes to the area of the backboard that you need to bank the ball off of.
If you want to be a great player, you need to pivot. It is important that you are able to pivot quickly and smoothly without taking your focus away from the game. Work on your stance and your post-pass reaction moves.
Ask yourself what your weaknesses are. It's important to be honest when it comes to your weaknesses. Focusing on practicing your foul shots if you miss those a lot. If you don't play well inside the paint, focus on short shots, and teach yourself to become a more physical player. The very best basketball players are the ones who are well-rounded in all areas of the game.
Basketball is truly unrivaled when it comes to excitement for fans. This being said, if you don't understand the basics of the game, it is difficult to connect with what you are seeing. Hopefully the information learned here has helped you to have a better grasp on how to play better basketball.
Basketball is a type of simple sport that many people play all over the world. Every player has their own skills that contribute to wins for their team. To learn some ways to better your own skills, read the article below.
Many people forget that defense is as important as offense during practice. Basketball games are often won by great defensive play. Offense gets attention and praise, but when you lack good defense, any team can lose.
Try learning how to hit free throw shots. This is one of those shots that seem easy but in real life are difficult. Try using this technique in practicing. Place the ball right in line with your face. Have your eyes on your goal and picture your ball going into it. Then throw the ball just as you had visualized.
You should practice your crossovers a lot. This term refers to switching the hand you use. You need to perform crossovers very quickly to get good results. A good crossover dribble can give you the opportunity to switch directions and progress on the court much faster.
It is important to keep your balance when you shoot. You've seen the pros fall out of bounds when trying to shoot 30 feet from the basket; this is a bad move. Taking a shot when you are off balance will probably lead to a turnover. Non-professionals should focus on having good balance to ensure good shots. As time passes, you will make more and more baskets with this method.
Make sure to practice your layups whenever possible. Layup shots make up nearly 80% of a game's shots. During practice you want to get up enough speed to quickly get to the rim then easily lay the ball towards the hoop. That technique of running and jumping helps you get ready for an actual game.
Observing what the professionals do can be a great way to improve your game. Go to actual games or watch on TV. Every truly great player has unique skills that you can learn from.
One great way to pass good is to drill when you can without dribbling. This is very hard to accomplish, but it forces you and your fellow players to work on accurate passing skills. Frustration can be an issue at first, but passing will improve as time goes by.
If you are posting up, strategic footwork is important to becoming open and making a good shot. Although a strong presence in the key is important, beating your opponent to good spots on the floor is more important. Once you have a location, it is important that your feet are firmly planted there. Both skills rely on some solid footwork.
Work on passing through your legs to add another skill to your arsenal. To practice this skill, bounce the ball between your legs so that it passes through as you step back and forth. This is a tricky move, but it will provide you a good advantage when you play.
Use the foot opposite of the hand you shoot with for a better layup. Jump off your left foot when you shoot using your right hand. Also, this will improve your balance as you approach the basket.
Work on getting the ball down the length of a full court with five or fewer dribbles during drills. This may seem to be too difficult at first, but once you're able to do it you'll have a lot of speed and stride length. Mastering this skill can help you to really improve your game.
Be certain you are able to see well. You will need it for more than checking the scoreboard or passing and shooting. You have to build your peripheral vision. Watching the whole court allows you to foresee future attacks from the opponent.
In order to confuse the offense, try changing your pace. When running toward the hoop, plant your leading foot and start to straighten up. The guard will assume you're slowing down and start to straighten up, too. Use this opportunity to sprint past your opponent.
You can use your guards and point guard to trap an opponent with a 2-3 zone defense. This can give them an opportunity to run up to that point guard to trap them. Simultaneously, forwards should block sprint toward wing players. Their point guard will probably hurl a pass that is easy for your own forwards to steal.
The first step when dribbling is to bend at your knees instead of standing straight-legged. You will have a hard time controlling the ball if you always stand straight and opponents will be able to steal the ball. Your ball control will improve dramatically by simply bending a little at the knees.
If possible, the action should remain below your knees. This is going to make things harder for your opponents if they want to steal the ball. This takes some stooping and bending, but just move quickly down the court as you thwart the opposition.
A missed corner shot will usually end up on the opposite side of the basketball court. Figure out where it will land to grab the rebound.
When coming down from a rebound catch, try to land and spread your legs wider than your shoulder span to better your balance. Put one hand on each side of the basketball, and hold it against your chest. Take care to ensure that your elbows do not strike another player, as this is considered a foul.
Penetrating dribbling is essential to defeating the zone defense. Getting by a defender and into the lane will cause the defending team to either shift or collapse on the ball. If you think you can make the shot, then go for it. However, if your teammate is open to make an easy shot, pass it to him.
Everyone that plays basketball eventually tries mastering specific skills to better their game. After going through the article above it shouldn't be hard to know what needs to be done if you want to be better at basketball. Re-read the piece when necessary, but continue practicing the tips provided.
By Scott Gilfoid: Like all the other top welterweights in the division, Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) is waiting to hear the news from Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) if he's got the fight or not for September 12th. Khan has been pining away for the Mayweather fight for ages, and he's now at the moment of truth about to find out if he's going to hit the lottery or will be passed over for perhaps the final time.
Khan says his plan B option will be a big fight in November or December of this year. Khan says it'll be a big fight, but it won't be Kell Brook. Khan is saving that fight for later. He wants the Brook fight to continue to build over time. Needless to say, that's Khan's ace in the hole, or nuclear button he'll push when things start looking bleak for him in terms of paydays.
The Brook fight will always be there for Khan, even if his career goes belly up. He can count on Brook throwing him a bone, because it's not as if Brook has any interesting opponents in his weight class in the UK for him to get big money against unless he wants to bulk up to middleweight and face the likes of George Groves if he can lure him down in weight.
"If I don't get the September fight I'd like to be back out again in November or December like normal," Khan said to sport360.com. "I'll be looking at those dates instead. But if I don't get the Mayweather fight there is still no chance whatsoever that I will fight Kell Brook before the end of the year. It will have to be a big one and I'll leave it to Al Haymon. Al will give me a call this week hopefully to let me know who it will be. It will probably be back in the States again."
Khan says "it will have to be a big one" in talking about his next opponent, but I don't think that's realistic. I mean, we've seen the guys that Khan's adviser Al Haymon has been matching against him for the past couple of years, and I don't think for a second that anything is going to change in that regard. If Khan is still facing weak punchers after three solid years since his knockout loss to Danny Garcia in 2012, then it's reasonable to assume that we're going to see that pattern continue into the future.
As far as Khan's plan-B opponent goes, I see it pretty much along the same lines as his last opponent Chris Algieri. I can see Haymon selecting the likes of Lamont Peterson for Khan to fight, I really do. Peterson isn't a big puncher, he works with Haymon, and he has a previous win over Khan. I would be willing to bet that Peterson gets the fight with Khan if Mayweather decides he's not interested in facing Khan.
Khan thinks that Mayweather is pulling his chain by making him wait this long before making his decision. Mayweather only has 8 ½ weeks to go before his September 12th fight, and he normally has picked out his opponents by this point because it hurts the pay-per-view sales to wait this long before making an announcement for the fight.
Mayweather won't be able to do a press tour of any kind if he announces his opponent now. But if he chooses to sell the fight by saying it's the last one of his career, then he might be able to bring in good numbers even if he makes Khan or some other contender wait until 3 to 4 weeks before the fight before he lets them know they've got the fight. What would be really bad is if Mayweather waits until one week before the fight before announcing his opponent. That would be cruel to the fans, cruel to his opponent and cruel to himself if he does that.
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Vitor Belfort, also known as "The Phenom", recently knocked out Luke Rockhold on saturday the 18th of may. The two fighters fought in a cage fight held in Brazil Jaragua Do Sul. (See the video below!) Rockhold faced the brazilian hoping to meet victory against someone who is technically on steroids. Belfort performed a beautiful knockout that replayed over and over. It will be questioned if this could be one of the best of this year or is it all thanks to his synthetic testosterone injections?
He had planned to control Belforts' initial bursts of attacks, which was working until he was given a spinning heel kick to the face. The fight finished in the first round after only 2 minutes and 32 seconds. Prior to this fight, Rockhold knew Belfort was taking extra testosterone through TRT (testosterone replacement therapy). Did Belfort only win this fight because he is on TRT or was it just skills and technique?
Vitor Belfort has 16 years of professional fighting under his belt and is excellent at wrestling and jujitsu. The 36-year-old Belfort stands with an outstanding record of 10-2 in the past 6 years. The losses are from the opponents: Jon Jones and Anderson Silva who are both considered to be the best fighters in the world.
Could all this of his fighting experience be the result of the victory? After all it is a well-known fact that TRT doesn't teach technique. It may not teach technique but it sure will dramatically help increase energy, strength, training capacity and recovery. It is a fountain of youth which allows the athlete to become stronger faster and bigger quicker than ever. A veteran with 16 years of fighting experience with this kind of artificial power that is injected by needles seems like cheating to some people. Furthermore any fighter could get away with TRT if the use is halted before the match so the testosterone levels return back to baseline.
The fighter's body went through a dramatic change from 2012 through 2013. His veins were already gorging like snakes and his muscles were dense as rocks like never seen before. The fans question whether he was only on synthetic testosterone or was there something else that he was on. Right now, only subjective judging can be made.
At the UFC home base in Nevada Las Vegas, Belfort will not be able to receive TRT since he was caught using steroids back in 2006 which resulted in a 10,000$ fine and a 9 month suspensions. UFC president Dana White forbids the use of Marijuana but lets fighters use TRT when necessary.
Whether or not Belfort could not have won the fight without TRT is hard to tell at this point. Some fans think the "real" Belfort would not have won the fight, and the only way to find out is have him go through testing throughout his training camp and before the fights.
For now, we can only wait and see if he keeps the victory or will the world just accept the use of testosterone and steriods for all fighters?
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Red Wings will try to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Thursday when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4.
The Red Wings are coming off an impressive 3-0 victory over the Lightning on Tuesday. Peter Mrazek stopped all 22 shots to shut out Tampa Bay in Detroit's first home game of the best-of-seven set.
Detroit hopes to extend its 2-1 lead in the series with another win at Joe Louis Arena before heading back to Tampa for Game 5 on Saturday.
The Red Wings rebounded from a 5-1 blowout loss in Game 2 to regain the lead in this matchup. Mrazek was pulled from Saturday's lopsided defeat after two periods, but the rookie bounced back in Tuesday's rematch.
The 23-year-old Mrazek stopped six shots during the first period, nine in the middle stanza and seven more in the final frame for his first career postseason shutout.
"It's a huge win for us," Mrazek said. "Defense was great and they helped us win this game."
Mrazek is the only goaltender to shut out Tampa Bay this season. He posted a 23-save whitewashing in a 4-0 home victory on March 28, dealing the high- powered Bolts their one and only shutout of the season.
Pavel Datsyuk scored an early goal, Riley Sheahan lit the lamp on the power play during the third and Luke Glendening provided a late empty-netter for the Red Wings.
Ben Bishop allowed all three goals on 21 shots for the Lightning, who went 0- for-6 on the power play.
"We didn't get the bounces. We worked our tails off to get them," Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper said. "We had to play from behind and they're a really good defensive team."
Tampa led the NHL in offense during the regular season with an average of 3.16 goals per game, but the Bolts have been held in check outside of the Game 2 rout. The Lightning have seven goals over three games.
After finishing second in the NHL with 43 goals in the regular season, Steven Stamkos has yet to score in this playoff series. Tampa's captain has gone six straight postseason tilts without a goal and last hit the net in the playoffs when he scored twice in the opener of last spring's four-game loss to Montreal in the opening round.
"Not the effort that we wanted," Stamkos said after the Game 3 loss. "We have to look ourselves in the mirror and realize what each individual brings to this team that's made us successful all year, whether it's producing -- and obviously I want to be a part of that -- or competing or taking the body."
The Lightning struggled on the road during the regular season, going 18-16-7 as the guest this season compared to a 32-8-1 record at home.
Detroit was 22-10-9 at Joe Louis Arena this season.
On the injury front, Tampa's Jason Garrison is expected to sit out again tonight with an upper-body injury. The defenseman has missed the last nine games dating back to the regular season.