How To Protect The Basketball When Driving

This article is going to show you how to protect the basketball when driving by using a little move I learned from Lebron James.

After I saw him do this years ago I started noticing a ton of other players do it as well.

And if you’ve ever had the ball knocked out of your hands right before you were about to get your team 2 points on an easy layup then you know that frustrating feeling and hopefully this will help you as well.

Let’s just get right into the video and then I’ll give you some more tips and show you some examples after you know the basics on how to protect the basketball.


The most important thing you avoid when doing this move is the travel.

With any layup you get 2 steps and that is the time when you want to cradle the basketball like a running back.

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This is me in an actual game using this move

Just like I said in the video this is effective when help defenders reach in there and try to knock the ball loose or even when the player guarding you reaches in there.

Lebron James is a good example of a player who uses this move often.  If you can find a video of him using it please contact me and let me know so I can post it in this blog post.  I don't have time to look through a million videos on Youtube right now.

Click Here To Learn Lebron's Signature Through The Legs Move

2 Comments

  • Mark John Dumapias

    Reply Reply May 9, 2015

    Really Helps! Thanks for the free drill!I tried to execute that move and it works!You really improved my basketball skills every time i watch your drill!Wish
    i can have a more of them Drills! Thanks Augie!

    • Augie Johnston

      Reply Reply May 11, 2015

      Hey no problem Mark, I appreciate you putting your trust in me.

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