JT on Guarding a Quicker Opponent
Posted Jul 8 2002 4:36PM
Team Canada head coach Jay Triano responds to your trickiest Ask JT question.
I was wondering how I could make myself better at defending smaller but quicker guards. I am a six-foot guard and the others I face are 5-8 to 5-10.
Anything that you can do to work on your quickness will help. Size should be an asset, not a detriment.
Lateral movement is a must when playing quicker players. Any type of skipping and foot-speed drills will be useful, as will perfecting defensive slides.
Positioning and an understanding of the player you are guarding also will help. Know things like how good a shooter your opponent is and whether or not he likes to go left or right.
Remember defence is all about hard work and desire. Good luck with it.