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In this video we look at the Triple-threat position. Like the Athletic Stance it is a fundamental basketball skill. The triple-threat position is basically a ball protection skill.
I’m sure you’ve experienced it yourself. Someone has passed you the ball and suddenly you’ve got all kinds of attention from the defense. An inexperienced player will panic, pull the ball into their stomach, turn away and bend over the ball. At that point it’s only a matter of time until there’s either a bad pass (leading to a turnover) or a held ball.
Not only does the player turn their back on their team, making it very difficult to help them, but they put their head down so they can’t see what’s going on. Their focus is on protecting themselves. On the other hand, a player in a triple-threat position protects the ball but is also taking an aggressive stance, ready to go on the offensive, like a rattlesnake – poised to strike.