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Three Tips for Defensive Slides in Basketball

By Nick Caprio, Youth1, 12/22/17, 12:00PM CST

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Widening your base when doing defensive slides might be a little uncomfortable at first, but it is the best way to play lockdown defense.

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is known for his five NBA championship rings and, more specifically, his amazing scoring ability. But it's his tenacity on the defensive end that sets him apart.

Defense has always been one of Bryant's strengths, so it pays to listen to him give tips on guarding your opponent. Speaking to young athletes just a couple years back, Kobe shared his knowledge and a few things to look for when playing defense.

Here are three tips he wants young basketball players to remember:

Stay Balanced

When watching the young players do defensive slides, Bryant noticed several of them leaning their torso in the direction they were moving.