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Mikan Drill:
Named after the first real big man in the NBA, George Mikan . From beneath the basket, make a layup with the right hand, grab the ball out of the net and make a layup with the left hand.

Continue to repeat this for a specified time ( usually 30 seconds or a minute ), alternating hands. Eventually the basketball  (external link) player will develop a rhythm, and grab the ball as they are taking their two steps to shoot the next shot .


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290917 ~ About the Mikan Drill

The Mikan Drill is a basketball drill commonly credited to George Mikan and Ray Meyer. It is designed to help basketball centers and forwards develop rhythm, timing for rebounding, and scoring in the paint. It is also used for outside players to better their layup skills and increase stamina, for longer games.

The drill is practiced as follows: From under the basket, make a layup with the right hand, rebound the ball under the net with the left hand and make a layup with the left hand. rebound with the right hand and layup with the right hand. Continue to repeat this, alternating hands. Eventually the player should learn how to quickly grab the ball and take a shot while taking the permitted two steps.1

Virtually every great forward and center since Mikan has practiced this drill. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar describes teaching it to children he coached in his book A Season on the Reservation. Shaquille O'Neal, who admired Mikan so much that he offered to pay for his funeral expenses, learned the drill from his coach Dale Brown, when O'Neal played college basketball at LSU. The drill is more or less a standard practice procedure for all basketball "big men".
Robert Niles


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