Inside the Move: Freestyle Attacking Cones

Kyrie Irving
Feb 26, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) dribbles against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in the fourth quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

An in-depth look at the Society’s Move of the Week

This week is all about freestyling, attacking cones, and staying ‘jiggy’.  Cone work is a fun but impactful workout. It gives ball-handlers opportunities to practice various moves and combinations into various shots and finishes at the basket. Its an opportunity to perfect moves that you’re already good at but at the same time introduce new moves that you can relay onto the basketball court.

Keys to the Move:

  • Head up, Eyes up. As a ball-handler, you must see the floor at all time. Its human nature to look down when performing a dribbling move that hasn’t been practiced before so its important to stay away from that habit and practice keeping your head up and staying aware of what’s happening around you.
  • Every move has a purpose. Whether you’re performing one of the fanciest combos in the world or just doing a simple crossover, remember that every move has a purpose. Keep that purpose in mind when trying to create the best opportunity for yourself and your teammates.
  • Don’t get caught up in the ‘hype’. When these moves are relayed to game situations, you may find yourself getting caught in the moment. Perform your move and if it’s not effective, move the ball. Over-dribbling and trying to do too much can result in a missed opportunity to a wide open teammate or a turnover that’ll drive your coach crazy. Don’t let the ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ of the crowd or the trash-talking of your defender cause you to hurt your team.

Consistent practice of ball-handling and attacking cones causes your moves to get more fluid and smooth. Your quickness and shiftiness will improve to extreme measures and your defenders will have no hope in stopping you. You can remain jiggy and effective at the same time if you put in the time and effort.

There are a ton of legends that can do great things with the basketball but when I think about today’s game, there’s two that stick out in my mind that have been mentioned previously in our Inside the Move series. Those two guys are Jamal Crawford and Kyrie Irving.

There’s not much that needs to be said about Crawford. He will perform moves that’ll leave his defender standing still, trying to figure out what happened. Just watch this mix!

Kyrie Irving is the best ball-handler that we have in today’s game. His craftiness with the ball is amazing, making him of the toughest guys in the league to stop.


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