Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Twirl And Swirl

Scenario: Post-Practice Practice

It's six o'clock and hoops practice has finished. Everyone has left. You're still there. You got the whole court in front of you. It's like a naked person but instead it's a hoops court. You think about what Larry Bird had said in his book, Bird On Basketball: "I don't know if I practiced more than anybody, but I sure practiced enough. I still wonder if somebody, somewhere, was practicing more than me."

What do you do?

*The Twirl And Swirl:

Start between the half-court line and the baseline on one end of the hoops court and with open eyes, twirl and swirl towards the other end of the court. You're like a ballerina, a figure skater, or something that twirls and swirls. Once you've reached the hoop, shoot a lay-up with the right hand. Repeat until you can do it with your eyes closed. Repeat until you can do it with no hands. No legs. Repeat until you can do it without using any body parts or even the basketball.

*This practice drill works best when you pretend to be playing in the NBA.

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