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By: kathy arabos
Of all the different sports commonly played today, basketball has to be one of the most entertaining and exciting. Millions of people love basketball. If you have ever watched the stars on TV and wished you can compete, then this article is for you. The following contains some professional advice from professional players who were once rookies like yourself.

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Learn to correctly dribble the ball. Don't use your palm to dribble. Instead, use your fingertips. You retain much more ball control this way. Dribble the ball around the height of your waist, and over to one side. Look up, not down.

To better your basketball rebound when on the dribble drive, try running to the front of the rim. When you're in dribble drive penetration, try following your teammate to the rim. You can retrieve the ball if they miss. It's a great time for rebounding since the defense tends to collapse on the drive, which they can forget to block out. It also lets you get more offensive rebounds and points.

If you play serious team basketball, jump rope for thirty minutes before practice sessions. You'll get used to playing basketball already winded and tired. Doing this can make you very prepared to make shots in late game situations, as your conditioning is already a notch above anyone else just showing up to practice.

To give yourself a big advantage in any game of basketball, study the moves of your opponents. Players often have certain moves that they repeat or a certain approach that they favor. If you can make a plan to disarm their favorite move or approach, you can often outplay them.

Play full-court basketball whenever you can. If you love playing, then you probably know a half-dozen spots where you can play street ball or playground pick-up games. While these are good, they don't give you the practice or experience of getting down the whole court. This matters in fast break situations, both offensive and defensive.

The only way to become a better basketball player is through practice and hard work. Anyone can better their skills, but in order to truly succeed and be better than other players is by improving your skills. It doesn't take much, all you need is a hoop, a ball and desire to become better.

Hold the basketball during TV time at home. Any contact you have with the ball will only improve your skills. You are essentially teaching your hands how to work with the ball. How to hold it, move with it, and even toss it. The more time you get with the basketball, the more comfortable you will be.

Try different shots from different places on the basketball court. Initially, you need to practice both your grip and your balance. While it is possible to shoot off balance, it isn't always accurate. Perfect your grip by using the basketball valve. Put the middle of your palm over the valve.

You can now easily ascend from rookie to professional by following the tips above. Each idea is proven to improve your skills on the field. There is nothing holding you back from getting on the court and taking the game into your own hands. Get control of the ball and get control of the game.

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