HAPPY NEW YEAR ! Defense is 50% of your game! So given this fact, if you have a very good offensive game and a mediocre defensive game, you are not a complete player. At most you would be at 50%. Most players give and focus a lot on offense. They use too much energy to score or play offensively. Then, they become too tired or have a lack of motivation or desire to be effective on defense. But, the great players know when to rest; know when to step up their defense in order to put pressure on the opponents. To be a good defensive player, you must have the desire to be good defensively and play with heart. You must also know all of the basic fundamentals of defense. You must also know the most basic – action / reaction. So, if an offensive player has the ball and creating the action, which means dribbling or shooting, that means you must react. But a great defensive player turns the table and he will initiate the action. Thus, making the offensive player react. You must have a burning desire to succeed. That same mindset is used on the offensive must be transferred to the defensive game. You must have the mindset: "I can’t be stopped", and "I can shut down anybody". Defense is the main thing that wins games. Defense is the thing that tests your opponent’s heart and desire. If you are consistently putting pressure on your opponent, he will respond. Applying "good to great" defense creates offense; creates steals and blocked shots; and creates fast breaks. A great defender takes charge on the floor not taking a charge. They are good communicators and they always know where the ball is while keeping their opponent within reach. There is much to learn about defense. Take "defense" seriously…just like your offense.
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