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If you're serious about learning to play basketball, you should give Stephen Curry's Masterclass a try.

In 17 lessons, Stephen teaches perfect shooting mechanics, ball-handling drills, scoring techniques, and game film analysis.

The class also comes with a downloadable workbook with lesson recaps, workout plans, and supplemental materials.

Quickstart into learning basketball

My suggestion would be to dial up Youtube and watch as many read and react videos as possible. You'll find some Rick Torbitt(sp?) videos on there and watch all the layers that you can. You'll start to get a feeling for how a team of 5 players should move depending on what is going on.

Once you feel you have a good understanding of that, youtube some 4 out motion offense to see the similartiies with 4 perimeter players and a post player(some big slow guy will always be posting up right in front of you in middletown, usa basketball). You can learn a shit ton by watching motion offense videos.

Pro tip: Get 2 high-quality basketballs. Look up Steph Curry's pregame dribbling drills. He does a bunch of variations of two ball drills. And he does single ball variations. Master them how he does.

Then... Find a court, friends, practice partners and... play!

You might need some decent basketball equipment too:

How to learn basketball as an adult

I used to play a lot when I was a kid on an amateur level, but then because of college and work, I stopped.

I started playing seriously again at the age of 31 --- having never ben good in any true sense of the word. My first season was HORRIBLE. I didn't even know how to dribble more than three steps properly, much less shoot with any accuracy.

Some people are gonna hate on the "paid programs" because you can find a lot of stuff for free on YourTube (which, you DEFINITELY can and I RECOMMEND you use free stuff as much as possible, btw). But most of my improvement came from having a set workout.

Once the season ended, I dropped the cash for "Elite Guard Training" by Taylor Allen. It's designed for point guards, but I play center since I'm a bigger guy... I figure if I'm a center who can do all the point guard stuff PLUS rebound and putback, then I'd be the "Hakeem Olajuwon" of my league!

After a month of doing the drills every day I saw a HUGE improvement, and started scoring more consistently. By the time the next season rolled around I had SO many more touches on the ball (and more points scored) because they realized I wasn't a clumsy doofus any more 😛

Once I got good at shooting and driving, I started using "Ball On String" By Jesse Muench for handles drills. It really boosted my confidence for when I had to bring the ball down the court... and they're quick, easy drills and fun once you get them down! I'd suggest dropping the cash for both programs, as they're REALLY worth it (IMO). But remember, you get exactly what you put into it, so if you half ass on the drills then you're not going to get as great results as you would if you practice game-speed/intensity.

The thing that helped me was just playing pick up games casually with my friends. If you have good friends they would teach you the rules and give you tips. And then after you play for a couple of months you can learn to dribble better the basketball and also to shoot from your wrist that is very important for a shooter because you have more space to shoot over taller defenders.

PS, I'm not affiliated with either of those programs.

How to learn to watch basketball and learn the rules

Here's my advice, get really into 1 team, to the point where you know most of their bench players. You know what Curry, Thompson & Draymond bring, but what about Rush, Igbodala, or Mcadoo?

The Big Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons is a great read, especially for the hstory. Super funny too.

Podcasts are great as well, I like Dunc' On with Nate Duncan, Nba Lockdown and The Bill Simmons Podcast. Also there are probably 5+ local podcasts for your favorite teams.

Then finally, if you can afford it, The League Pass, it allows you to watch way more games than would normally be possible. It's how I was able to get more into Toronto and other Eastern teams.

They also have the ability to buy single games, that's how I tested it out. I watched a Spurs v. Pacers games on a Tuesday afternoon and then I was hooked.

The service has it's downsides, be sure to look into before you make the plunge.

Also, read up on terms you hear a lot like Setting a Screen, Pick n Roll, Pick n Pop, Goaltending, Double team, Post up, etc.

You'll learn bit by bit, good luck.

Consistency and conditioning when playing basketball

While it is true that consistency is key to shooting well, having good form is also extremely valuable. Look at guys like Tony Allen, Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah... all of those guys either have weird forms, or some big flaw in their form. And guess what? They're all known as bad shooters. I'm a Bulls fan, and I've seen videos of Noah swishing midrange shots in practice over and over again. Yet, when game time comes, having such a weird release is a big negative, because it's as if everything has to be just right for the shot to go in, and under game conditions, you're more tense, tired, etc.

I've worked hard at perfecting my form, and it has paid big dividends for me, in many ways other than just becoming a great shooter. Not only does it give you confidence, but when people see a great shooting form, THEY have more confidence in you. Also, your misses don't seem so bad, lol.

This doesn't mean you have to become a robot, just get the basic fundamentals down.
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Tips for a skinny player to bulk up

Five real meals a day. Eat. Even if it's shitty weight, it's weight. Run at least two miles a day. Wrok out.

Eventually you'll get lean weight, and then you can work on your inside game, post production. Then you can work on your outside game, shot selection. Then you can work on your outside to inside game, such as slashing and cutting.

How to teach kids to play basketball

One of the best advice I can give you is have your kids play one on one a good chunk of practice. Why? Builds confidence in your players, conditioning, and teaches players to play different defense styles. In the game, it is about match ups. I'll take my 5th best offensive guy against your 5th best offensive guy because my guy has practiced scoring, in better shape and is confident in scoring unlike your 5th guy who just passes to the best player at practice.

I feel like you should put at least some emphasis on winning. Desire to win needs to be ingrained in players from a young age, or you'll end up with players who don't have a passion for the game. The best practice breakdown would be man-to-man, dribbling, and shooting. Teaching kids how to set screens and box out for rebounds will also set them up for success down the road. When coaching youth teams one of your primary goals should be to set them up for a successful future in the sport.

I'm not saying that you need to berate them if they don't win, I'm just saying it would be beneficial to add some incentive to winning. My middle school coach used to take us out for pizza after a couple wins. I didn't win a lot in my high school basketball career, and that fueled my fire even more. The difference between my teammates and I was that they didn't care that we continuously lost. They didn't grow up with a passion for winning like I did, and now that I'm a decent player it makes things even more sweet for me. I feel extremely fortunate that I grew up playing in an atmosphere that pushed me to strive to be a winner.

How to develop better foot work and play light on your feet

Stay on your toes and have a bounce in your step. It's all about the calves.

Personally I can't recommend jumping rope enough, as well as wall jumps. By bounce in the step I mean not landing hard on your feet flat footed. Only half your foot should touch the ground at once when you're staying light on your feet. It doesn't have to be exaggerated, but a majority of pressure should be on the ball of your foot and your toes.

How to get better at no-look passes

To get better at no look passes, you just have to have a good court awareness and know where your teammates are and where they will be. It seems like your problem is not fancier passes but your predictability and your lack of court awareness (I say this because you have a lot of turnovers that I'm guessing come from bad passes).

If you're not 100% confident that your pass will make it to your teammate, don't pass it. Once a defender knows you telegraph your passes, he will take advantage of this and come for you the whole game.

What's the deal with playing angry basketball and players talking trash?

There's a difference between playing angry and playing with a chip on your shoulder. Playing angry leads to reckless play, where playing with a chip drives you to play with more grit, hustle, and intensity. Play intense, don't play angry.

For the love of god, don't talk trash if you can't back it up. If there's trash talking going on, don't hop in on it if you can't hold your own, you're just going to make a fool of yourself.

I used to talk a lot of trash in high school. Getting into the opponents head gave me another edge during games

Do coaches value good defense even if you lack good offense?

When I started playing my defense outshined my offense. I play small forward so I needed to find a way to score effectively and I worked on my inside scoring ALOT and it improved greatly, and now I am branching out to mid range shooting and then eventually 3 point shooting.

So the answer to the question is, yes, coaches do value good defense BUT I suggest you start working on one offensive skill and perfect it so you have an option on the other side of the court, and then once you gain enough confidence on the offensive end you can try new things.

How to beat defenders taller than you in 1v1 basketball?

You want to force him to a post up position, and when that opportunity comes, you have to use your legs and shut down one of his legs by lining one of your legs up behind his leg preferably the same leg as the one your trying to shut down, after that push with your torso and keep pressuring with your hands, this should keep him at bay.

How to learn to play in the post

I learned how to post up just for the fact that I know people are more used to guarding guys who just dribble and hoist up shots. Not only will they not know how to properly defend, but you'll tire them out. That's the key to beating quick guards who can shoot (cough Steph Curry).

And for 3s people tend to think more points=better shot. But I always tell my nephews that the best points you get are at the rim or at the ft line.

Stop overthinking and play basketball.

How my basketball story started

I was born in the US, but grew up and live in London, so I go back quite often. The average level here is obviously not as good because its nowhere near as popular, but the guys that are into it are generally really committed. My experience of playing pick up in the US is that you guys are generally more athletic and more 'obsessed' with individual skills/3 pointers, whereas here its more 'European' (even though there are obviously the guys that want to show off too) like passing and people try harder when defending.

When I was 10 I wanted to play basketball so bad but I was skinny and bullied as well. I had to pay my lunch money to play with the “good kids”. I was mocked and teased for my play.

I spent everyday after school playing in my driveway by myself shooting until my hands were numb. I walked to every and any park and played anyone I could. I sucked for years, but there was improvement.

Flash forward to when I was 15 playing in an adult rec league and I dropped 33 points with a game winner. After the game a group of the guys from the other team asked me what college I played for... I was 5’11 170. I didn’t even play high school ball.

I have won 3 adult rec league city championships since 15 and I cherish them for life.

Sitting at 34 with a bad back and bad ankles I fucking miss basketball, I miss it more than anything....yes you can get better all on your own and it’s up to you on how far you go. There is no substitute for hard work, as I aged I routinely beat better players and teams with hustle and determination. Ball away my friend.

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