Инстаграм @dlamtraining David Lam
Where does Kyrie rank among the top finishers in the league? . . Along with his amazing finishing ability, something that might go unnoticed is his poise in the lane. It’s rare you’ll see this guy pick up charges or run directly into a rotating defender and get in trouble . . In these clips, Kyrie slows his pace down once he has his primary defender on his hip to read the help defender. When he sees his hands are low and anticipating a drive to the basket, he uses a quick flip finish to catch the defender off guard
Strolled in the gym with street clothes but had time to make a couple vids lol. Volume up! 🔊 . . This is one of my favorite footwork drills because it works on all three angles (forward, to the sides, and backwards). The point is to really use your feet to change direction and get separation rather than taking small steps and more dribbles . . Beginners can take a dribble to reset their feet after each change of direction, while more advanced players should try to get to each spot with their feet and without taking an extra dribble. You can use the semicircle by the FT line or at half court as a visual reminder to stay along the lines as well.
Comment below why you think this move works...I’ll comment my breakdown of it in a couple hours 🤙🏼
Definitely something I’d teach more advanced players, but using a skip step is a great footwork to use while coming off the ball screen. This allows the ball handler to read how the hedger will play them and if they can hit the roll man. It’s a great drill too to work on tempo while coming off a ball screen as it’s extremely tough to be able to do this footwork super fast.
Just wanted to drop a quick video on one of my favorite finishes lately . . Another great rhythm disrupt finish is a “fake layup”. Show the ball high on the first step after the gather to get the defender to jump and get out of position to be able to contest the actual finish . . Fair warning to the IG refs ⚠️: I got time today 💁🏻♂️
A change of pace euro step is a great go to finish when you get cut off by your defender near the basket. By driving aggressively and forcing the defender to commit, you can slow down on the gather (2 steps) to let the defender run by you as you get a bucket . . Pro tip: Practice with ripping the ball at different levels when changing direction, depending on where the defender’s hands are. You can also be physical and look to nudge your defender out the way, depending on how close he is to you, aka bully them 💪🏼
Here’s a quick transition series you can add to your next workout. Tag someone you could work on these with! . . 1️⃣: pull up 3 in transition (practice with no dribble and 1 dribble to gather feet/rhythm) 2️⃣: rip thru into a pull up/floater/finish at the basket 3️⃣: change of direction on the catch (trail with the outside foot so you can explode more efficiently going the other way) 4️⃣: drop and jab (almost like a cross jab, except you drop the ball in the middle of your body; great move to change pace and throw the defender’s rhythm off)
This is another great move for baiting a defender off the triple threat. When you have a defender who’s one-siding you and is in good defensive position, you can rock him to sleep with a couple fake cross steps and jabs. When taking a small cross step, as soon as you see the defender doesn’t commit, you can explode forward and get into a few options . . I’m honestly terrible at naming moves, so what do y’all think this move should be called?
When it’s your first week back in the lab and you’re rusty as hell 😩 gotta get back to making content for y’all though ✊🏼 . . Been working on some mid-post options and one of my favorites as of late is jabbing into a delayed rip. Great look to throw a defender off rhythm by letting him think you’re going to keep jabbing, then ripping over top of his hand to get a bucket . . Which player have you seen use this a lot in their game? . . 📹: @kayler_10
Those who know basketball know there’s something different about Jersey basketball players and the hoops culture here. For such a small state, we consistently produce some of the best talent every year. Comment your thoughts below. I’m interested to hear what y’all have to say.
Comment 🙋🏻♂️ if you’ve had a coach that always contradicted themselves. Real hoopers know what I mean. When your coach tells you to do something one possession and the complete opposite on another 🤦🏻♂️ . . One of my favorite cliches is to “not settle for a jump shot”. But some coaches who say that will also say “take what the defense gives you” 🤔 . . Watching Lebron last night made me wanna give some clarification on this topic. You’ll see Lebron getting to the basket at will, not ONLY because of his physical gifts or a mismatch, but ALSO because of the great spacing that’s designed for him to get where he wants. Notice he doesn’t just bull in out of control and run into the help. He reads the floor before he goes and is very poised even in traffic . . Younger players probably won’t have the luxury of high level spacing, so it’s important to find ways to work around that. Being able to hit shots off the dribble allows the floor to space out a bit more and allow those driving lanes to open up.
Been watching film on the Trailblazers all day. What do you think they need to be able to contend for a championship? And do you think they have the MOST SKILLED backcourt in the league? Interested to hear your thoughts.
This might be one of my favorite videos I’ve put out because of the simplicity and how under taught it is now‼️ . . Before eurosteps, same foot finishes, pro hops, and all these other finishes became popular on Instagram, I feel people emphasized just cutting your defender off a lot more. Maybe we don’t see this as much anymore because it’s not as flashy, but if it worked for the great @stevenash then it works for me 🤷🏻♂️ Nash was a master at using the rim to protect himself from shot blockers and taking away a defender’s lane to avoid getting his shot 👊🏼 from behind . . Seeking out contact is more than just meeting someone in the air. A lot of that work is done on the ground . . Tag someone who eurosteps in every finish 🤦🏻♂️
So let’s hear it IG refs...offensive foul or not? 🤔 . . The nudge and pull has become one of my favorite mid range finishes as of late. It’s an efficient move that doesn’t require a lot of extra movement and if done correctly will give you just enough space to get a shot off . . As a defender is about to cut you off, you want to take one last hard dribble and attack the shoulder closest to the basket to get him to drop back a little. Make sure not to drop your shoulder and make it a blatant offensive foul. You shouldn’t be going out of your way to initiate the contact. A mini-fade is a nice touch to add to get that extra bit of separation (last clip of Devin Booker)
A move that’s become more popular in the last couple of seasons is the between the legs with a delayed explosion. It’s a great move to change pace and disrupt rhythm. What’s your go to option out of this move?
When is taking a deep 3 pointer a bad shot? 🤔 You’ll hear some old fashioned coaches say that every deep 3 point shot is a bad shot and that a player settled. But let’s take a 👀 at the bigger picture . . Notice in every clip how spaced the floor is. Because shooters are so spread out, with and without the ball, the defense will space as well. Shooters at the highest levels don’t need much time to get their shot off, and coupled with the defensive 3 second rule, that forces defenders to leave the paint open for drives or give up 3s . . By no means am I saying players should go out shooting 4️⃣0️⃣ footers, but understanding how being able to shoot efficiently from a step or ✌🏼 behind the 3 point line effects spacing helps an offense out a lot . . Tag the gunner on your team that just takes long 3s for the hell of it 🔫
Dame is a killer 🔪 in pretty much every area, but he’s especially dangerous shooting off ball screens and hand offs. Being able to make reads ⚡️ quick on how his initial defender and help defense plays him allows him to make the right play most of the time . . Clip 1️⃣: initial defender goes under the hand off so he takes an easy shot Clip 2️⃣: sets up a pressuring defender with a hard drive to create separation then shoots when defender goes under the screen Clip 3️⃣: comes off ball screen ready to attack down hill, but pulls up for the open shot when he sees the hedger sagging hard Clip 4️⃣: gets out to open space (not so much downhill) for pull up