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“Gobbling Up Rebounds”

Posted by Steve Bzomowski on November 21, 2005

ntl4.jpgThe whole idea in defensive rebounding is to not let the other team get the ball after they shoot it. Extra possessions for them means extra shots which means greater opportunities to score. So, another way of looking at defensive rebounding is a denying your opponent offensive rebounds. Each defender’s goal should be to not let the player he or she is matched up with get the rebound. Still, you have got to go get the ball. Gobble it up! But be careful to not over-emphasize ball retrieval at the expense of ball denial for your opponent. On the shot, locate your opponent, seal him away from the ball and then go get it. Now it’s your ball and they cannot score. The rest is gravy!

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