Here is what Toronto Raptors radio voice Chuck Swirsky has to say about the dribble.
When one discusses dribbling a few things are very important, including how you dribble, why you are dribbling and what you plan to do with the ball once you stop dribbling.
How you dribble:
Never dribble the ball in front of you. It is very easy to get stripped, resulting in a turnover. The higher the level of competition, the quicker the athletes are. Players often tell me they should never show the ball to their opponent and it's so true. Protect the ball and the ball in a sense will protect you! Also, make the simple dribble. It's easy to get caught up in the fancy between-the-legs dribble or the crossover but until you master ball handling and are confident of your abilities just settle for the standard dribble to move the ball.
Why are you dribbling? Are you dribbling to move away from a defender? If so, where are you going?
Have a mental picture before you actually put the ball on the floor. Would a pass be more effective than the dribble? Never dribble into a corner. You'll be running into trouble for sure. Once you pick up your dribble on the sideline or in a corner you're inviting a double team.