The Art of the “POA” How to Stay in Front on Defense (and how NOT to!) Part II

Part 2 of a 3 Part Series

In our second blog discussing the Art of the “POA” or Point of Attack,  we will dive deeper into the 5 “Gospel” Rules of Point Blank Period and how you can work on this at home.

If you need a refresher, here’s a clip of Golden State’s Kevon Looney guarding Eric Gordon of the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals.

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Some of you may say, “Well Looneys a Center! He shouldn’t be on Gordon anyway!”

Here’s the thing…YOU’RE RIGHT! That’s a mismatch if I’ve ever seen one and Looney is a plus defender for a Center and needs to defend guards when the Warriors switch 1-5.

So let me ask you…if Looney is on an island against a fantastic guard such as Eric Gordon….then why is he WAITING FOR HIM???

Looney stands in a squared stance and essentially lets Gordon have his pick of when and where he’s going.

Rule 2: Know your Personnel

 In this case, it’s a tough cover for Looney on Gordon. Knowing that Gordon can shoot and drive, it’s almost a “pick your poison” situation. However, Looney could have sat lower in his lead foot stance, using proactive tools such as getting a hand in the shooting pocket to disrupt any thought of Gordon shooting over him. If Looney used his space correctly, he could have jabbed and switched, forced Gordon middle, and then chested him out in the mid range.

Rule 3:  Never Jump

Very self explanatory rule. Why come out of your stance on the perimeter? Today in the NBA, we are starting to see more and more fouls on the 3 point shots than the league has ever seen. This is because people are jumping, falling under shooters feet (which is very dangerous) and running shooters off the line.

In college, high school or youth levels, there is never a reason to jump on the perimeter. If a player is going to shoot over you, put your hand in their shooting pocket and stay in your stance. This gives you better position for a box out situation (when the player lands of course) and you can potentially disrupt their rhythm and timing of their shot.

Check out Coach Sparrow in the clip below locking up!

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Tune in to Blog Part III of The Art of the POA to continue to learn about our 5 Rules of Defense and how NOT to win the POA.

Coach Dooley

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