A newbie question here, but I appreciate any responses:
I would like to know of some methods for improving basketball speed/quickness. Traditional methods have been the use of jump rope, ankle weights, and plyos. I would like to know if any other methods would help in improving short range speed.
My personal problem on the court is my initial first step on a drive to the basket. From a standing position, trying to beat a defender while dribbling a ball is something I have trouble with (especially against a shorter opponent). I think one of the factors that is hurting me is the fact that I'm 6'4 and my legs are very long (longer levers take more time to move). Although, I do have a decent vertical (30" standing) but my first step acceleration has remained one of my weaknesses. Can anyone give me some suggestions as to improving this area?