I love when people quicker then me guard me. One fake and their gone.
I am much quicker than most people but they cannot fake me so easily. Quickness with no control is worse than not being quick. I am sure if someone is a good defender, and quick (under control), you cannot fake them just because they are quick.
To the OP, what you are focusing on when you are defending. I focus on their midsection. I don’t focus the ball or their upper body. Think about the cross over…almost everything is heading in one direction except for their hips…the hips are more dependable when trying to defend someone.
I have always been a great defender both in high school and the leagues I have played in over the years. My teams usually stick me on the best ball handler to try and shut down the offense. I won’t repeat what others have said so there is my 2 cents.
Ok…one last thing…do you want to be a good defender? I love playing defense and most great defenders have a big desire to play defense and shut down as many people as possible. If you don’t have that passion for defense it may be tough.[/quote]
That’s great if they can not fake you but what i’ve seen in my lifetime all great defenders and quick people I see in the NBA and on the streets get faked out pretty easily. The difference is the great defenders recover VERY WELL.
Allen Iverson is terribly quick but people blow by him all the time because once you get around him he doesn’t give a fuck and goes running down the court. Most clips of bowen against great defenders he gets faked left and right so hard to the point I’ve seen him jump out the picture, but returns before the offensive person can get 1.5 steps towards the basket. I’ve seen bowen get pushed to the floor come back and block a shot. In fact Prince’s most famous block he recovered half the length of a basketball court.
I didn’t mention any techniques because most of the above sounds good. However I do think the biggest seperator is the passion for defense. Thats what gives you the desire to recover.
When you get this desire you find you will want to guard the best person every time you play. This creates a cycle of getting better.
A good way to get better is in pick-up games try to stay on people like white on rice. I mean get right up on them. it will be hard at first but soon nobdoy will be able to leave you. This will increase your endurance, and instinct. And if you are quick and can jump high you can let people get a step on you then come back and block or steal the ball. Dwayne wade is Excellent at it. Watch his clips.