By. Jameille Williams
Staff Writer/Junior Trainer
When watching a basketball game, sometimes you’ll see a team play very good defense and force a team to have to find a shot under 10 seconds on the shot clock and the ball goes to a particular player. This player is typically the go to scorer especially when the clock is winding down. The way they tend to score is by holding the ball for a few seconds and then attacking the defense to score or find someone else open for shot. This is called Stalling. Stalling the ball allows a player to find multiple ways to score against a defense. Players such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson and even Michael Jordan stall the ball. The purpose of stalling the ball is to not only score but you can find ways for your teammates to score. There are two ways to stall the ball: Scanning and Freestyling.
Scanning is when you catch the ball and hold the ball for a minimum of 2 seconds before taking a dribble. This style of “Stalling” is typically used to look for multiple ways to attack. When Scanning, you can look to attack for yourself to score or find an open teammate. Something that goes along with Scanning is the pick and roll. The pick and roll isn’t necessary to scan while Stalling. When Scanning, you hold the ball for 2 seconds before dribbling. Once you dribble you are looking to attack your defender. The purpose of this is for you to score. The main way we teach Stalling is through Freestyle movement.
We teach Freestyling to our guards and wings. Freestyling is used to find a way to catch a line of attack. It can also be used to test read a defender or for stalling the ball in the offense.The Freestyle movement is used to get yourself open. When Stalling the ball with a dribble, you use Freestyling to create space and score. When you catch a line, your line to is get to the basket. Freestyling is the main movement used to stall the ball. Allen Iverson did this when he crossed over Michael Jordan. He used “Stalling” while Freestyling to catch a line to score the ball.
The purpose of “Stalling” is for the player to find a way to score outside of the standard offense. This player can do this because the coach has given them the opportunity to do so. Now something to think about when it comes to “Stalling” is the dribbling. Standing around dribbling the ball with no purpose isn’t “Stalling”. We aren’t teaching you to just pound the ball without purpose. “Stalling” the ball is about timing and finding the right way to score whether it is yourself or finding an open teammate. Freestyling helps you when “Stalling” but sometimes you just need to hold ball for 2 seconds and read the defense before attacking. The are other moves we can teach you to do after you have stalled the ball. “The Dean” Brandon Adams has plenty of moves that we at ITrainedU can provide you to add to your game.