Lakers guards Dennis Schröder and Talen Horton-Tucker can often be seen discussing certain plays or moves during timeouts or walking back to the bench — for example, earlier this season I noticed the two clearly and demonstrably talking about gather timing when driving into the lane. I imagine the Lakers vet is giving the young buck some key tips and tricks in their first season together.
One move where this synergy really seems to be on display is both player’s frequent use of the “through the legs, drag back” dribble, where they stop on a dime and reverse their momentum with a through the legs move to create separation. Each executes the same general move, but with key differences that lead to different functionality.
In the following video, I explained the similarities and differences in the way Schröder and Horton-Tucker use this weapon:
My goal is to produce these nuanced videos illustrating certain details throughout the season and hopefully they provide a little more detail about the technical aspects of movement, skills and the game of basketball itself.
In the meantime, what were some elite skills, plays and details that have stood out to you? Let me know in the comments below this post.
Dr. Rajpal Brar has a doctorate in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University, and runs his own sports medicine and performance business, 3CB Performance, in West LA and Valencia, CA. He also works at a hospital — giving him experience with patients in the immediate healthcare setting and neurological patients (post stroke, post brain injury) — and has been practicing for 1.5 years. Brar is additionally training at UCLA’s mindful awareness research center (MARC), and analyzes the Lakers from a medical perspective for Silver Screen and Roll and Laker Film Room. You can follow him on Twitter at @3cbPerformance.