This is one of the most important things that I work on with players at all levels. There are many players that always go one speed and this makes them very predictable and usually easy to defend. I have seen and trained many players that are some of the fastest in the world with a basketball in their hand, but they are at their very best when they slow down at times and then use their speed to their advantage. I have been fortunate to work with Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook and John Wall, three of the fastest players in the world. In college they could go right by defenders at ease. In the NBA, them slowing their game down has made them much more effective and efficient players. I get asked all of the time: how do you work on this? First of all, it’s repetition. This didn’t happen in one workout or even one offseason. It took hundreds of hours and a lot of patience. We would do drills that consisted of a fast dribble into a slow dribble and repeat that up and down the court 3-5 times. Another drill is using cones and setting your defender up really slow then…BOOM….. Explode by. Remember this, the setup is more important than the actual move.
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