Improve Lateral Quickness to Play Lockdown Defense

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The key to shutting down a scorer is quickly moving laterally to cut him off. Swiping at the ball may cause a turnover or two, but consistently putting a body between your opponent  and the rim is the best way to get consistent stops.

Lateral quickness can be trained, just like speed, power and endurance. By exercising with basketball-specific drills, athletes can master movement patterns that will help them play tougher D.

For three exercises that can speed up your lateral moves and turn you into a defensive stopper, head over to STACK Basketball.

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