In the last seven days I’ve watched four different open gyms in four separate locations and the biggest thing that I noticed each time was the constant overuse and misuse of the dribble.
It seemed that nearly every player in every gym caught the ball and then immediately put it on the floor and started to dribble.
What made things worse is that most of the time they didn’t go anywhere with the dribble.
They would put the ball through their legs and behind their back over and over again while surveying the court and deciding what to do.
It looked exactly like a pre-practice ball handling routine!
I kept thinking to myself, “Whatever happened to getting into a triple threat position and at least being a threat to shoot or pass?”
There are five appropriate uses of the dribble – and none of them involve standing still:
- Advance the ball up the court
- Penetrate the defense and take the ball to the rim
- Improve a poor passing angle
- Balance the floor and/or reset the offense
- Escape and avoid defensive traps