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How to Use a Screen in Basketball

Learn how to use a screen from the Harlem Wizards in this Howcast basketball video.


Dwayne 'Swoop' Simpson: Hey B. What?

Eric 'Broadway' Jones: AS.

Dwayne: You know what man?

Eric: What's up?

Dwayne: You konw, I think that you and I will be a great combination right. You know like a one, two punch, alright. Now, I think with your jump shot, right. I can just figure out ways I can get you open so you knock down the shots and score 90 points a game.

Eric: 90 points a game? Why not? So you want to learn how to get a screen.

Dwayne: Yeah, yeah for you.

Eric: You are going to screen for me?

Dwayne: Yeah so you can get open and get some shots up.

Eric: Oh.

Dwayne: I'm a good team player I don't really care about scoring.

Eric: This is a selfless act.

Dwayne: I'm a selfless type of guy man.

Eric: You know what?

Dwayne: That's what screens are about.

Eric: Let's bring in some experts..

Dwayne: Really?

Eric: at showing people on how to get open.

Dwayne: Oh, okay.

Eric: We got the king, King Arthur, and DP.

Dwayne: Wow.

Eric: That guy can set a screen.

Dwayne: Okay. That sounds good

Eric: So what we're going to do is we'll put you on the defensive end.

Dwayne: Okay.

Eric: I'll be on the offense end..

Dwayne: Uh huh.

Eric: and DP will set a screen on you.

Dwayne: Okay.

Eric: We'll move over to the court and show the people at home how to set a proper screen. Alright, Swoop.

Dwayne: What's up?

Eric: We're going to break it down.

Dwayne: Okay.

Eric: This is how you set a good screen. First of all DP is going to be the screener.

Dwayne: Okay.

Eric: And then Arther is going to be the one getting screened.

Dwayne: Oh okay.

Eric: So now, this is what's going to happen. BP is going to let king Arthur know that he's coming to set a screen by putting his hand up in the air. So that gives him the signal that he's going to set a screen.

Dwayne: Okay.

Eric: King Arthur, What he has to do is he has to make sure that he gets himself open and then waits for DP to come and set a screen.

Dwayne: Nice. Nice.

Eric: So everybody's got a job. So, First DP's going to give him the signal. He's coming to set a screen Arthur sets his man up. DP holds his position. Arther rubs off shoulder to shoulder. He's open. Notice the action that happened down here. If you come back down here king Arther, King Arther put his what we call putting his head in the rim because he's right under the rim. BP gives the signal, stay there. BP stays very still so he doesn't commit a foul. He get's a wide base, protects himself and then King Arther is able to run his man if a guy's trailing him, running behind him. He's going to rub shoulder to shoulder right here. And cuts this space off so this guy can't get around the screen.

Dwayne: You're telling me that this is going work to get you open.

Eric: Absolutely.

Dwayne: I gotta see.. Hey, man.

Eric: Let's bring in 540

Dwayne: Let's play some defense 540 to see if they can get this guy open down here. Cause I'm a great defensive player too.

Eric: Yeah and you can do whatever you want after he sets the screen.

Dwayne: Okay. What in the world has happened?

Eric: You just got screened.

Dwayne: Man, that's legal?

Eric: Yeah that's legal.

Dwayne: Ah, let's do it, okay.

Eric: You want to try it again?

Dwayne: I got something for that one. I got something for that one. Here you go.

Eric: See, you can do whatever you want off of the screen. Go get 'em.

DP: Use me, use me, use me, use me

Eric: You never know whose going to be open off of that screen.

Dwayne: Makes sense. Alright, well thanks a lot man. I guess that's the proper way to how you learn how to screen, huh?

Eric: Hey that's what it's all about. First you have a couple of people that are involved in the screen. You have the screener and you have the person getting screened. First you want to give the signal or whatever your signal is for going to set a screen. Then you have the guy who has to set his man up. In this case ducking his head in the rim and making sure he rubs off shoulder to shoulder. He protects himself and he gets wide open and then you have a bunch of options and you play basketball.

Dwayne: Sound's good

Eric: Setting a good screen.

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