Basketball Tips and Tricks Lesson 2: How-to Create Space and Step Back

How-to Create Space and Step Back

Creating space and stepping back are two key moves any basketball player must develop in order to be successful in a one on one setting.  When you find yourself with the ball in your hands and only the defender standing between you and the basket, creating space and stepping back is one way to get yourself an open shot. While the concept is simple, there are some important details to keep in mind.  The Harlem Globetrotters How-To series is designed to teach you those details.

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1. Footwork: The key to creating space and stepping back is mastering the footwork.  After watching the video use an imaginary line to dribble towards and take your step back from.  Don’t start shooting just yet.  Focus on your balance and landing in the same spot every time.

2. Step back shots:  Once you’ve mastered the footwork, add your shot.  You can add a simple move; crossover, through the legs, behind the back, etc. before you create space, and then step back just like you did in the footwork drill.  After you step back and have your balance, shoot.  Make 10 shots.

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