Dare To Play Defense?
Generally the aspect of basketball that matters the most gets overlooked. It is the determining factor of whether or not your team will win or lose, and whether you get embarrassed or not. Do you know which aspect of the game I am referring to? That’s right, defense!
Defense is a VERY important part of the game of basketball. Surprisingly, though it gets overlooked a lot! As a player you must understand the importance of playing defense. If you can’t keep your man in front of you I can guarantee that you will be on the bench more often than you will be on the court. Here are a few tips to help you play defense to the highest of your capabilities:
There are a lot of things that can help you become a great defender, but the number one thing is your attitude. Attitude is so important because if you want to play defense you will, if you don’t you won’t. It’s really that simple! When you decide that you are going to prevent your man from scoring, or, from even touching the ball that is exactly what will happen because you will do everything in your power to make sure they don’t score!
When you are playing defense you must anticipate what your man wants to do next, and prevent them from doing so. Stay ahead of the game mentally. If you fail to anticipate your assignments next move, you will find yourself wasting a lot of energy recovering and trying to “catch up” to the ball handler.
Giving extra effort on defense can take you a long way, not to mention earn a roster spot. When you are continuously giving effort on the defensive end the man you are guarding will grow tired of you, and become frustrated. Once you see frustration in their eyes and body language, keep it up! They will more than likely take themselves out of the game, which is great for you!
Incorporate these few tips into your defensive arsenal and your game will be taken to the next level. Remember it takes consistent repetition and practice to improve. As long as you practice, you have nothing to worry about. Below are a few more defensive tips from a former NBA player, and great defender Bruce Bowen: