Basketball equipment and supplies can be found at the
following online shops. These sites represent the most popular and most
visited sports stores on the Web. You can usually find everything from
backboards to shoes. If your favorite shop isn't on our list, please let
us know about it. Thanks.
Dick's Sporting Goods
Dick's operates over 150 sports and fitness retail stores across the Eastern
United States. Their online store carries all kinds of ball and team sport
The largest full-line sporting goods retailer in the United States has
a good online store as well that stocks all kinds of ball sports gear.
Overstock offers name brands at discount prices. They sell excess inventories
of top-quality name-brand merchandise at 40 - 80% off regular retail prices.
Prices are good; quantities may be limited. Some items can go really fast.
Online site has a large directory of sports-related items. They have lots
of balls, backboards and other items in a searchable-style format.
Retailer's online store carries a few portable basketball goals, in-ground
basketball goals and a couple of inexpensive balls.
Basketball strength training
For years basketball was considered a finesse, or "non-contact" sport. But today, a new breed of basketball big men have arrived. Shorter but stronger, this big man was built in the mold of Willis Reed or Wes Unseld. They were shorter, but what they lacked in height they made up for in strength, and so the concept of basketball strength training was born.
The most important thing to understand about basketball strength training is that the sport isn't just reliant upon either upper body or lower body strength. Basketball requires core strength and basketball strength training will concentrate primarily upon strengthening your core.
You build your core through traditional exercise such as sit-ups, crunches, push-ups and leg lifts. Working with a medicine ball will help as well. Medicine balls increase both strength and flexibility, which are the two most important aspects of basketball strength training. The idea behind building your core is that if you can be stronger than the other guy, you're going to be harder to move around the court. Guys like Reed and Unseld were great rebounders and scorers because of their strength and endurance. They could shoulder their defenders out of the way and either get to the hoop or get to the rebound.
You want to keep your competitor off balance. If they're off balance, they can't block a shot jump for the rebound. And the way to get them off balance is to be stronger than them. Use your back and drive them down to the low post, keep them on your shoulder and then go up strong. This is the essense of basketball strength training.
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