What is a behind-the-back in basketball dribbling
A behind-the-back is a basketball move in which you bring the ball behind your back to the side while the basketball bounces up. Then cross the ball around your legs in the back to your other hand.
What does it take to do a crossover in basketball dribbling
-Dexterous and long hands: You need them to maintain excellent control when you are doing the crossover around your legs in the back. Long arms keep the distance between the basketball and your defender at a maximum.
-Strong wrist: When you fully extend your arm backwards, the only way you can push the basketball sideways is by snapping your wrist. Hence, having a strong wrist is very important too to execute a quick behind-the-back.
-A natural awareness of the position of the ball: When doing the behind-the-back basketball move. Not only does the defender lose sight of the ball, but the ball handling basketball player will also be unable to keep gazing at the ball.
General step-by-step guide to doing a behind-the-back in basketball
What are the effective basketball moves combination series related to the behind-the-back basketball move
crossover (to right) > between-the-leg crossover (to left) > behind-the-back crossover (back to right) > drive
drive > behind-the-back crossover (x2) > hesitation > headfake > drive
drive > behind-the-back crossover > spin-move > layup
In what situations do I perform the behind-the-back in basketball dribbling
About your defender
When your defender overplays you one side
When your defender always attempt to steal but you want to penetrate nevertheless
When your defender has shorter arms than you do
When your defender has weak legs that cannot react to sudden changes in momentum.
When your defender defends by focusing on the ball
About the setting
When there is an open lane to drive towards the basketball hoop after you perform the behind-the-back
When no defenders are behind you to steal your basketball
Pros-n-cons about doing the behind-the-back basketball move
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