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CHARLOTTE (Steve Goldberg's Wheel World) - Those words from singer Montell – no relation to Michael - Jordan's 1995 hit, drive straight to the point of this column… instructional videos on how to better your game.
Since pictures began to move there has been video teaching skills and tactics like this one.
More specific to the wheel world though is a gaggle of good videos out there on ways to better your game and here are a few to get you started.
The most basic skill in wheelchair basketball is the sitting version of footwork and this video from BlazeSports, the legacy organization of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, drills it down to how to push a basketball wheelchair.
Others, like these two from Team GB that jump into fundamentals and physical training for the game.
The freedom of technology allows for anyone to join the cause, as in this simple video by Laotian athlete Thavone Kedchanh shooting free throws.
The Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India with the International Red Cross produced this introduction to wheelchair basketball skills featuring American coach Jess Markt who has helped bring the game to developing nations such as Afghanistan and India.
The NWBA channel currently features a number of videos covering both team and individual skills and tactics such as this one on team drills.
One growing collection of videos I recommend is the #skillsaturdaywithpat series that you can find on the YouTube channel of three-time Paralympic gold medalist Pat Anderson.
While it can on the surface entertain, such as this video of halfcourt length shots. It may seem frivolous, but just search Stephen Curry halfcourt to see that these shots are more practice than prayer.
Many of Anderson's videos feature his New York Rolling Knicks teammate and USA captain Steve Serio and dial in on specific skills like ball handling and passing
And then there's this one from the Ryan Martin Foundation.
Sometimes the best way to describe wheelchair basketball to those who haven't seen it yet is, it's a little bit NBA, and a little bit NASCAR (in reference to the American stock car racing where bumping fenders and doors is commonplace).
Anyone who's played the game knows that it can be as or more physical than the standing game.
As any successful athlete knows - it's not how many times you fall down; it's how many times you get up.
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