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Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 at 11:00 pm  |  10 responses

iHoops, Right Guard announce Total Defense Challenge

by Tzvi Twersky

In a press conference today featuring Hall of Famer Bob Lanier and future Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo, iHoops, the recently created official youth basketball initiative of the NCAA and NBA, announced that Right Guard was joining Nike and adidas as founding partners of the ambitious iHoops program. More importantly to you, with the new sponsorship comes a cool and unique contest, the Total Defense Challenge, a nationwide search for the best defensive player in high school.

Beginning February 15th, high schoolers can enter the Total Defense Challenege by filling out an entrance form on the iHoops website and by uploading a short video of their defensive highlights. If you think you’re the next Gary Payton, Kevin Garnett or Dikembe Mutombo, and have some tape to back it up, this contest is for you. If you take more pleasure in a good swat than in hitting a J, this contest is for you. If you want the chance to fly to New Orleans for a day to participate with 29 other winners in a defensive challenge, and if you want to attend a NBA game for free, this contest is for you. If you want the chance to be crowned the “Best Defensive Stopper” not playing in college or the pros, this contest is for you. If you want the chance to improve your skills and test your mettle against the best players your age, this contest is for you.

When speaking about D, Lanier and Mutombo, two men who proved their bona fides year after year in the NBA, agreed that defense isn’t always about getting the block or steal, it’s about making the offensive player think twice about what you’re doing on D. “To be an entire, well-rounded player you have to put the work in on defense,” says Bob Lanier.

“Being a good defender, the chance for you to block a shot is very low,” added Deke in his patented hoarse voice. “But the chance for you to change somebody’s shot is about 99 percent. There are someone great young players playing today; Emeka Okafor…Marcus Camby…Dwight Howard are all great defenders.”

Win iHoop’s and Right Guard’s Total Defense Challenge and you’ll have the chance to show off your D and learn more about it from like-minded players and coaches.

Ian Eagle, moderator at the event at the NBA Store today, mentioned that, “iHoops is on a mission to improve the quality, the programs and the experience of youth basketball in the United States.” Making sure that kids are focusing on defense and getting rewarded for being good defenders is just one small step of what they hope is many in the right direction.

Bob Lanier and Dikembe Mutombo iHoops

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  • nastierthanu

    Outstanding concept I guess that’s how goran dragic got into the league. We all saw how that worked out.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Did Mutumbo just call Marcus Camby a great young player?

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    nastierthanu: Goran Dragic just dropped 30 on the Utah Jazz….

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    @ dirty frank: Well Deke is like 60 years older than Camby…….

  • estoniandude

    @Holy Baller: You know how old Deke is?

  • Ronald

    @nastierthanu: is that assessment of Dragic solely based on looks? He’s actually a pretty damn good guard.

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    Goran Dragic is the first player in NBA history to not only get dunked ON, but to get dunked himself. Rose just took the ball and the guy and stuffed them both through the hoop

  • nastierthanu

    @jukai my bad I didn’t know that u were a founding father in the dragic fan club. I take an 8’10″ pic and a spare jock after ur done riding it of course. Its a joke take it down a notch

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Nice work, RonnieZ.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    nastierthanu: Put down the haterade bro, I was just informing you what was happening in the 2009-2010 basketball season, which you clearly haven’t watched

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