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How to Become a Good Point Guard in Basketball

Learn how to become a good point guard from the Harlem Wizards in this Howcast basketball video.


Dwayne 'Swoop' Simpson: Broadway.

Eric 'Broadway' Jones: Yo.

Dwayne: You know what, I told you once before, I'm sick and tired of playing in the pink, all right?

Eric: You're sick or tired of everything.

Dwayne: I am, I'm sick and tired, and tired of being sick.

Eric: You're sick and tired of being sick and tired?

Dwayne: That's right and now you know what?

Eric: You're sick.

Dwayne: I'm not sick, but I'm tired and sick.

Eric: Yeah.

Dwayne: But you know, you know what, check this out, I got the ball, every time I get the ball on the top of the key. All the time the guard comes to me, "Give me the ball, big fellow".

Eric: Are you the guard?

Dwayne: I want to be the point guard. Can you teach me how to be a better point guard?

Eric: You want to play the point?

Dwayne: What wrong, you don't think that I can play the point?

Eric: I can teach you, but we have a point guard here.

Dwayne: An expert?

Eric: Yeah, an expert who can teach everybody how to become a better player.

Dwayne: Really? Where is he?

Eric: The king.

Dwayne: The king, oh, King Arthur.

Eric: Yeah.

Dwayne: You can show me how to be the point guard?

Eric: Yeah. So, Swoop, we're not gonna talk about the physical attributes of being a point guard.

Dwayne: Right.

Eric: Cause being a point guard really starts from your neck up.

Dwayne: OK.

Eric: You want to play the point guard position with your head.

Dwayne: Oh.

Eric: So first of all, we want to talk about King Arther controlling the court.

Dwayne: OK.

Eric: And you don't just control the court with your mouth.

Dwayne: Right.

Eric: You control the court with your hands a lot of the time.

Dwayne: OK.

Eric: So if King Arthur is dribbling the ball, he's got his head up and he's pointed out where he wants his team mates to be, maintaining the dribble at all times.

Dwayne: Right.

Eric: And also, he's got a defender on him.

Dwayne: Right.

Eric: So we want to make sure they don't steal the ball.

Dwayne: Oh, OK.

Eric: That's the first thing. Now, as he picks up the ball, there's also times in the game where you have guys that are a little emotional.

Dwayne: Really?

Eric: You got to be able to control the whole game.

Dwayne: I get emotional.

Eric: Yeah.

Dwayne: I do, I be like, no you don't, give me that ball back. And then, what happens then?

Eric: King Arthur comes to you and he says, "Don't worry about it big fellow," and gives you a little pat on the bottom, "It'll be alright."

Dwayne: Oh.

Eric: That's being a good point guard, thinking from the neck up.

Dwayne: Oh!

Eric: And on the defensive end.

Dwayne: Really.

Eric: Everything starts with the point guard.

Dwayne: Oh, how's that?

Eric: He wants to pressure the ball. A guy like you is trying to bring it up.

Dwayne: The hooker.

Eric: And the next thing you know, he's all up in you.

Dwayne: Why is he all up in me?

Eric: Yeah. Because he's the point guard.

Dwayne: Oh.

Eric: And everything starts with the point guard.

Dwayne: I want to be a good point guard. Break it down to me again one more time.

Eric: It's all about leadership.

Dwayne: Leadership.

Eric: You want to set the offense.

Dwayne: Set the offense.

Eric: You want to be vocal.

Dwayne: Be vocal.

Eric: But we want to make sure we're always putting our team mates in the right position, offensively and defensively.

Dwayne: Cool.

Eric: That's being a good point guard.

Dwayne: Nice.

Eric: With an expert, King Arthur, and a trainee.

Dwayne: I'm on my way guys. It's Swoop. Look up.

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