Pass Like Magic

Posted: March 5, 2014 in Basketball
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Have you ever wondered how people get so good at passing? Earvin Johnson was a point guard for the Lakers, back in the 90s, when they were nicknamed, the “Showtime” Lakers. Given his amazing ability to make phenomenal passes, he got the nickname “Magic” Johnson. How did he get so good? Magic became one of the best passers in the history of the NBA because everyday he would dribble one handed to school with his right hand, and on the way home from school, would dribble with his left hand. That is what you call dedication at its finest.

Here are some basketball tips on how to get better at passing. First, there is a chest pass and a bounce pass. When you pass the ball always pass with two hands because you will have more control over the ball, and as a result, the passes will be more accurate. Then, you will want to step into your pass and always follow through with your pass like a good shooter. When the ball is out of your fingers, make sure the thumbs are pointing down. This will ensure that you have backspin on the ball, and make the pass much crisper. Also, make sure the pass is easy to catch, and not putting a lot of speed on the ball if you want to make a short pass. Another tip is to pass the ball away from the defender so the ball will not get tip more often. Always make an easy pass, since a lot of turnovers are created from passes that are difficult to catch. To trick defenders, it is always a good idea to make a ball fake, and then throwing the pass in a different direction. Additionally, you will always want to pick a teammate that you can physically see; don’t just hear your teammate’s voice and throw it that direction. Lastly, DON’T JUMP, this is the number one thing that happens to players when they pass. Once you jump in the air you are not allowed to go back down, and as a result if a lane disappears while you jump, this allows you to make a horrible pass or travel with the ball, and causing a turnover. Another tip is to play a practice game without dribbling. This ensures that teammates rely on each other to get to the other side of the court as a team.



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