Coaching One of the Most Effective Dribble Moves - James Harden Does This!
Joe Haefner: Hey, this is coach Joe Haefner. In this next video, we're going to show you three moves to do when attacking the basket. The beauty of these moves is that they compliment everyone, so when the defender stops one move, you can instantly counter to another move, which will make you almost impossible to guard. In this video you'll also notice that most of these moves are built off attacking opposite of a pass, so if you receive a pass from the left, you attack right. If you received a pass from the right, you attack left.
Joe Haefner: Hey, this is Coach Joe Haefner. In this next video, you're going to learn one of the most effective dribble moves that you can teach at any level of basketball. Coach Tim Schuring will show you how to teach and coach the move to your players. At first glance, this move might even appear simple, but you see that NBA players like Kevin Durant, James Harding, and Damian Lillard execute this move all the time to be elite-level defenders.
Joe Haefner: As Coach Tim Schuring will show you in the video, it gets the defender to shift their hips multiple times, and also get them to move laterally, that way you have a driving lane to attack the basket.
Tim Schuring: The first one is going to be a Cross-Jab. During the basic portion of moves off the move, we did a Jab-Crossover. Now we're going to be doing a crossover than a jab. After the three pound dribbles that Jarrod takes, he's then going to cross the ball from right to left, from his right hand to the left. At that point, he will jab with the right foot, the foot away from the ball, 45 degree angle like the Cross-Jab, and then he's going to attack with the ball in that left hand with the left foot at a 45 degree angle.
Tim Schuring: So in essence, the cross is coming before the jab. That's the only difference between this and the Jab-Cross. Let's see how Jarrod does.
Tim Schuring: Good. That's not bad for a start kid. Now I want you to get a little bit longer jab. Okay because that jab, again, is to get the defender to swivel their hips or to lean. Okay, so get that jab at a 45. Here we go.
Tim Schuring: Not bad. Okay. Not bad. One more time. Let's do it left-handed this time. Here we go. Cross it, jab, good. Nice job. Good work.
Tim Schuring: So what you're giving the defense there is two visuals. You're giving them the pound on the dribble on the cross, make it look like you're going to cross over, and then on the jab, you're coming back the other way. So it's a great opportunity for you to get the defense leaning.
Tim Schuring: One thing I needed to mention also. With these advanced moves, usually advanced moves aren't needed in a game-like situation unless you have a really good defender. Okay, to be quite frank with you, basic and intermediate moves will get you by average to below-average defenders. Okay. Good solid defenders that know how to move their feet and really want to stick you on the dribble drive ... You may have to implement the advanced moves.
Tim Schuring: So let's try the Cross-Jab on the go. Go on back. Both guys will do it right hand first. Now it may be a little bit muddy at first, but just keep working through it. Here we go. Cross-Jab. Not bad. Good job. Good. Really shifty. I like it. Good. Again, Jarrod does an outstanding job of getting his chest to the ground after he attacks out.
Tim Schuring: You can see the built-in change of speed with this. Left hand. Here we go. Good. Good. Sometimes hitting that cone is a good thing. That means you're trying to get a sharp angle at the hip of the defender. Here we go. Good. Well that was a little looser, but it did the trick there.
Tim Schuring: Go back to do it one more time right-handed first, then left-handed. Here we go. Right hand. Good. Chest to the ground a little bit more, kid. Here we go. Attack. Good. Go ahead, Jarrod. Do it again. That's another thing. In your workouts, if you make a major mistake, just go right back and do it again. If it's a minor mistake, just keeping working through it.
Tim Schuring: Here we go. Go back. Do it again. Good. Good. Now Jarrod gets that crossover happening earlier, and that's something he's gotten the feel of, obviously. The key to the Cross-Jab is when you have a good defender, is to get them to move their hips and drop step a couple of times. The first drop step or their first hip movement's going to be on a hard cross. The second time they want to move their hips is coming back the other way on the jab. Then the third time will be when you attack the basket with the ball in that hand that you've crossed to and with the chest to the ground.
Tim Schuring: Get that defender to move. Get them to lean. Get them to swivel those hips.
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The Crossover Jab Dribble Move
In the video above, Coach Tim Schuring teaches the crossover jab. This is one of the most effective dribble moves that you can teach at any level of basketball.
As mentioned, this move might even appear simple. However, you see that NBA players like Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Damian Lillard execute this move quite frequently to beat elite-level defenders.
The reason it works so well is that it gets the defender to shift their hips multiple times, and also gets them to move laterally. This opens up a driving lane to attack the basket.
Progression 1 - Stationary 3 Dribbles
When first teaching the move, have your players begin with three pound dribbles then execute the crossover jab.
Progression 2 - Cones
After that, have your players practice the crossover jab on the move.
Your players can simulate this by using cones. They should start at one cone and dribble at the second cone, crossover and then jab when they get to that second cone.
Repeat multiple times and then switch to the other side so they work on each hand.
Tips & Instructions for Crossover Jab Dribble Move
Here are the instructions and tips for executing the crossover jab dribble move.
Right to Left Crossover Jab
You start dribbling with the ball in your right hand, then cross the ball over to your left hand.
At that point, you will jab with your right foot to the right at a 45 degree angle.
Next, you step with your left foot to the left at a 45 degree angle.
Left to Right Crossover Jab
You start dribbling with the ball in your left hand, then cross the ball over to your right hand.
At that point, you will jab with your left foot to the left at a 45 degree angle.
Next, you step with your right foot to the right at a 45 degree angle.
Points of Emphasis:
- Use a long jab - When jabbing initially, make sure to jab quick, yet long enough to make your defender react. This is meant to get your defender to swivel their hips so they lean to one side.
- Chest to the ground - After attacking out you want your chest to be to the ground. This helps lengthen your stride, improve acceleration & speed, and maintain better balance.
- Give the defense two visuals - The key to this move is to give the defense two visual fakes. This makes the defender swivel their hips and open up a driving lane. 1) A pound on the crossover and then 2) on the jab after the crossover.
- It may be muddy at first - Have your players work through mistakes. Sometimes hitting the cone is a good thing because it means your player is trying to get a sharp angle at the hip of the defender. If your players make a major mistake, have them do it again.
- Advanced moves are usually only needed against really good defenders - Basic and intermediate moves will get your players by average to below-average defenders. Good solid defenders that know how to move their feet and really want to stick with the dribble drive require advanced moves.
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