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germanwunderkind_41
03-31-2007, 03:15 AM
Can someone please post the insider story thatīs running on espn right now about dirk and kg and the rocker step?

Dr.Zoidberg
03-31-2007, 04:53 AM
SHOT FAKE AND GO

A sound shot fake might be the best weapon an offensive player can use to gain an advantage over his defender. Properly disguised as the beginning of an actual shot, the shot fake should, at worst, get a defender to "stand up" out of his stance a bit, raising his center of gravity while he straightens his legs, making him less able to slide.

After a simple Dirk fake, his defender is out of position.
The best shot fakes get the defender to leave his feet, leaving him completely vulnerable. Bad defenders go for these fakes against almost everybody, while good defenders are just susceptible to the players who have deadly shots, such as the the guys listed here.

The Best

Dirk Nowitzki
He is simply such a good shooter that the defender has to contest his shots. With a live dribble, he will convince his defender he is raising up to shoot, then at the last second pull it down and drive. His size and release point also force the defender to get up higher than they want to in order to contest the shot -- a fact Nowitzki uses to punish them.

The Rest

Pau Gasol
Similar to Nowitzki in many respects, Gasol is actually more fluid with his moves. He plays at a more monotone speed, but is so under control, with good natural movement.

Gasol's game should be studied by all young post players.

Chris Bosh
As Bosh's shot has improved, so too has his "fake game." His quickness gives him more margin for error, meaning he does not need to get his defenders "up" and out of position as much as Nowitzki and Gasol do.

Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant
After all we've said about these two, there is little left to say -- they have all the moves.



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ROCKER STEP
Jab, shot fake and go

This is my favorite move to teach, but one that is slowly disappearing from the game.

The rocker step gets its name from the rocking chair type of motion that it emulates. It starts with a jab toward the rim, rocking the defender on to his heels. Then the offensive player brings the ball into his core and up toward his head as if he is going to shoot the ball.

The leg on the left? That's the remains of the defender after KG's rocker move.
When the defender rises to contest that shot, the offensive player quickly pulls the ball back down and makes a strong step toward the basket.

So the basic rocker step is forward, backward, forward. The best players will mix up their moves, sometimes jabbing twice first or rocking two times before acting.

The danger is moving the pivot foot first -- that's traveling. The pivot foot must remain on the floor.

The Best

Kevin Garnett
Although Garnett settles for jumpers more often than he used to, he has a devastating rocker step because of his patience.

Garnett will rock a defender "to sleep" with jabs and pull-backs, convincing his defender that he's going to settle for yet another jumper. But when the defender steps up to contest his shot, KG sinks down and drives right past him.

The Rest

Dirk Nowitzki
The "Fake King" has it all going on -- there is no post move that he has not mastered.

Not as quick as Garnett, Nowitzki relies on supreme timing and the knowledge that his jumper is so good that defenders must not let him get it off when he is "feeling it."

David Thorpe is an NBA analyst for ESPN.com and the executive director of the Pro Training Center in Clearwater, Fla., where he works as a personal coach for Udonis Haslem (Miami Heat), Orien Greene (Indiana Pacers), Alexander Johnson (Memphis Grizzlies) and Kevin Martin (Sacramento Kings). You can e-mail him here.

germanwunderkind_41
03-31-2007, 04:57 AM
SHOT FAKE AND GO

A sound shot fake might be the best weapon an offensive player can use to gain an advantage over his defender. Properly disguised as the beginning of an actual shot, the shot fake should, at worst, get a defender to "stand up" out of his stance a bit, raising his center of gravity while he straightens his legs, making him less able to slide.

After a simple Dirk fake, his defender is out of position.
The best shot fakes get the defender to leave his feet, leaving him completely vulnerable. Bad defenders go for these fakes against almost everybody, while good defenders are just susceptible to the players who have deadly shots, such as the the guys listed here.

The Best

lies) and Kevin Martin (SacrDirk Nowitzki
He is simply such a good shooter that the defender has to contest his shots. With a live dribble, he will convince his defender he is raising up to shoot, then at the last second pull it down and drive. His size and release point also force the defender to get up higher than they want to in order to contest the shot -- a fact Nowitzki uses to punish them.

The Rest

Pau Gasol
Similar to Nowitzki in many respects, Gasol is actually more fluid with his moves. He plays at a more monotone speed, but is so under control, with good natural movement.

Gasol's game should be studied by all young post players.

Chris Bosh
As Bosh's shot has improved, so too has his "fake game." His quickness gives him more margin for error, meaning he does not need to get his defenders "up" and out of position as much as Nowitzki and Gasol do.

Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant
After all we've said about these two, there is little left to say -- they have all the moves.



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------


ROCKER STEP
Jab, shot fake and go

This is my favorite move to teach, but one that is slowly disappearing from the game.

The rocker step gets its name from the rocking chair type of motion that it emulates. It starts with a jab toward the rim, rocking the defender on to his heels. Then the offensive player brings the ball into his core and up toward his head as if he is going to shoot the ball.

The leg on the left? That's the remains of the defender after KG's rocker move.
When the defender rises to contest that shot, the offensive player quickly pulls the ball back down and makes a strong step toward the basket.

So the basic rocker step is forward, backward, forward. The best players will mix up their moves, sometimes jabbing twice first or rocking two times before acting.

The danger is moving the pivot foot first -- that's traveling. The pivot foot must remain on the floor.

The Best

Kevin Garnett
Although Garnett settles for jumpers more often than he used to, he has a devastating rocker step because of his patience.

Garnett will rock a defender "to sleep" with jabs and pull-backs, convincing his defender that he's going to settle for yet another jumper. But when the defender steps up to contest his shot, KG sinks down and drives right past him.

The Rest

Dirk Nowitzki
The "Fake King" has it all going on -- there is no post move that he has not mastered.

Not as quick as Garnett, Nowitzki relies on supreme timing and the knowledge that his jumper is so good that defenders must not let him get it off when he is "feeling it."

David Thorpe is an NBA analyst for ESPN.com and the executive director of the Pro Training Center in Clearwater, Fla., where he works as a personal coach for Udonis Haslem (Miami Heat), Orien Greene (Indiana Pacers), Alexander Johnson (Memphis Grizzamento Kings). You can e-mail him here.


Thanx !!!

dude1394
03-31-2007, 10:25 AM
Watching "the work" mature has been such a treat.

StackAttack
03-31-2007, 10:43 AM
Awww, silly David Thorpe, soft wussy jumpshooting Euros can't play in the post! Awww, you silly!

mary
03-31-2007, 12:05 PM
When Nash was here, I really enjoyed his "rocker" move outside the arc.