When we’re talking about the lane, which is
this square here, something that’s really important and it usually applies to big men
and not so much guards, but it applies to all offensive players on the court. When you’re
inside this lane, you only have a maximum of three seconds to do, to stay inside the
lane so usually what you have to do is, especially if you’re a big man, this is hard to remember
because a lot of times big men like to camp, camp out down here and do whatever they do
to get spacing so that they can catch the ball and make the shot for their coach. But,
when we’re talking about people in the lane, usually what the big man or anybody on the
offensive team has to do, is step inside of the paint and then step outside of it. And
once you get outside of these, outside of this border, these lines, you’re pretty much
good; the count starts over once you step back in. So, you want to keep that in mind,
whenever you’re in the paint, you don’t want to stay in the paint more than three seconds.
Just also, just as I was talking about the out of bounds line, this is also something
that drives your coaches crazy and if you know these little rules, these little simple
things before you come to the court, they’ll help you out in the long run. So, always remember
you only get three seconds inside these little, little lines in the paint.

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Dennis Veasley

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