Basketball players should be able to do three things anytime they have the ball. Shoot, pass, or dribble. This iSport lesson will teach you how to get into the Triple-threat position which will allow you to make all three moves. The Triple-threat position allows you to either shoot, pass or dribble the ball quickly and fluidly. It also allows you to protect the ball from the defender, forcing that defensive player to respect your ability to put up a quick shot, move the ball to a teammate, or dribble past him. By not telegraphing your next move, you open up the entire court. To get in the Triple-threat position, catch the ball and stand with your knees slightly bent. Square your feet to the hoop so you can see the basket, the defender, and your teammates. Hold the ball in the shooting position so you're ready to put up a shot and keep your elbows pointed out to to protect the ball. Utilize your pivot foot. Make sure your pivot foot stays stationery though. Don't slide it across the floor or let the ball of your pivot foot leave the floor unless you go up for a shot. You should stay crouched down and keep your head up the entire time the ball's in your hands. Scan the court to see what the next best move is-a shot, a pass or a dribble. To read the defender from the Triple-threat position, you can also use a jab step, an abrupt step that will provoke a reaction from the defender and tell you what move he's anticipating. For example, you can jab step at the defender and then shoot the ball. You could also jab and dribble around your defender. Or, you can jab step and then pass the ball to a teammate. Your jab step helps you read the defender and create space. Here's a review of what this lesson covers: The Triple-threat position allows you to either dribble, pass, or shoot the ball at a moment's notice. Hold the ball in the shooting position, you can still pass or dribble from there. Stay crouched and make good use of your pivot foot. The Triple-threat position will help you become a better offensive basketball player. Practice all three of the maneuvers available from the Triple-threat position. A dribble, a pass, and especially a shot.