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Currently I’m 5’ 7”, but I will grow to be about 6’ 2” and I’m starting to play basketball after playing soccer for almost my whole life. I’m behind all of the people my size too, so I spend my time trying to practice. The problem is I don’t think I’m improving as much as I should. Does anyone have any tips for how to practice correctly?

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So basically I've gone through many videos about shooting from klay, kerr and many others, but my form is off, I keep hitting my head with the ball or my hand and everything is a disaster, how do I fix this?

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One of the biggest problems I see with lower level players is they spend too much time working on advanced skills. I believe this is because the youtube/instagram trainers emphasis these moves. Think about this, the reason they show these moves off is because they are entertaining and will get more views, shares and likes. They are trying to grow their brand instead of doing the real practical work.

For example, let's take a step-back jumpshot. It takes a high level of skill and it looks really cool. However, outside of the professional level, winning or losing basketball games rarely comes down to your ability to make a step back jumpshot. So why spend 20 minutes of a training session working on it? Maybe 5 minutes. For fun. More than that and it is a joke.

Winning basketball games relies more on decision making and toughness rather than advanced skill. Working on your skills is important but developing your mind to make good decisions and make effort plays (offensive rebounds, layups in transition, deflections, steals, etc..) is just as important. Train hard, train smart, develop your mind along with your skills.

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Im 15 6'5 73kg, I live in Slovakia, where basketball is slowly becoming more popular. I'm an active guy, started doing sports when I was little, and kept switching sports through time. But basketball is different, enjoy it alot more than other sports I used to do. I started playing in march this year for a pro team that won the national championship twice in a row and also won some pretty big EU championship (IDK the exact name).

So at first I was playing with younger guys 2005-2007 (Im 2003) because I never played basketball before and I cant just jump into the best team in the country without ever touching a ball before. So with these younger guys I did pretty well, was able to keep up with them during practice. EDIT: The 2005-2007 guys also play for the same team, just younger category.

Now I got moved to the players my age (2002-2003), and I cant play with them. They are just too good. I can't complete any drill we do during practice. And my coach being the type of person he is, always yells at me, or is just irritated by me not being able to complete ANY drill.

I'm really starting to get depressed because of this. I love playing basketball, but I can't keep up with these guys and the constant yelling is getting me depressed

I am greatfull for any advice,because right now I feel truly hopeless

TL:DR - Worst player in the team, can't complete drills, constantly get yelled at, end up depressed.

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Is there any tips anyone can give for trying to dunk? I’m about 6,1 and have medium sized hands (like just big enough to sorta pick the ball up with one hand but not bigger enough to hold it with one hand when I go up to dunk), and every time I go to dunk it falls out of my hands just as I go to slam it in the rim. I’ve tried cupping it but I don’t have the vert yet and don’t have enough strength to go up with two hands as I jump off one leg. Would appreciate any advice or tips!

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