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Defending
Nash triangle slides


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Steve Nash

Play on-ball defence in a boxer stance - an athletic stance, feet shoulder width apart, knees bent, butt down, back straight, arms out, ready to move. You never want to cross your feet, you can't change direction.

Run up to the elbow, get in a stance (jump stop), slide to the corner then slide to the back of the line. Continue, then switch sides.

(Option - close out at the elbow, squeaky feet, hands up on arrival, hands out on penetration)
 
See Footwork - Triangle.

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2
(Variations)

- close out on coaches

- each coach has a ball, mirror any ball movement, pop on a foot fake, slide on a dribble

- coaches pass a ball back and forth, close out on each pass (shown)
 
- diagonal slide to the sideline (or 2-3 slide steps) and back.
 
Brett Brown - coach with a ball on each wing, players come out, hands above ball, slap it, take three hard slides to the baseline, go for up to 1 minute (e.g. losers of a drill).

See Philly, Continuous, Two-man, Calipari box. Close-out reach step close-outs.

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3
d) sprint out, slide to the sideline, backpedal to the baseline, slide back to the start (option - first sprint out, backpedal to the baseline, then sprint out again, shown for 2).

See Lane slides, 5star acceleration.
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