Inside Out

When it comes to warming up before you play, you want to start close to the basket and work your way out.

A lot of players like to come out and throw up a few 3's, test their NBA range...but all they are really doing is hurting their form and wasting their time...

Start nice and close to the rim and do some form shooting.  Stand about a foot away from the rim, straight ahead.  Set your feet, be in an athletic stance, feet shoulder width apart, put the ball in your strong hand, let your opposite hand rest by your side, BEND. EXTEND. FOLLOW-THROUGH.  Flick your wrist and reach into the center of the basket.

I like to do this over and over until my arm gets tired, trying to do the same thing over and over, to build MUSCLE MEMORY.  You want to make your shot feel like second nature, something you don't think about, you just do!  Think about walking, you don't need to tell your left foot to move and then your right.  You want to go forward, your feet walk forward...

After taking about 25 shots form shooting, I would add my opposite hand, your GUIDE HAND, and take another 25 shots.  You want to keep building that MUSCLE MEMORY.

This is the first 5 minutes you step onto the floor.  Warming up properly is essential to your success.  But thats just warming up your upper body...

What about your legs?  We need to get your legs warmed up next!  What I like to do after I've done my form shooting is to go BASELINE TO BASELINE...I spin the ball out to myself and step into my shot about 10 feet from the basket, then I do the same thing on the other baseline (Left & Right of Basket-Same Baseline). Etc...

This is a quick example of a warm-up, everyone is different...come up with a routine and stick to it!