Saturday, November 29, 2008

Understanding the effort and intensity to play good defense

The Lakers aren't the only team in LA concentrating more on defense this season.

At UCLA, Ben Howland's team has spent the last few days of practice "step-sliding on defense, keeping your man in front of you, a lot of box-out drills, help rotation. Just a lot of basics."

According to PG Darren Collison, young players don't always comprehend "the effort and intensity required to play good defense."

Says Collison (pictured here with Coach Howland): "I know I didn't when I was a freshman."