Move 5-Drop Step, Pull Back, Rocker Step Drive The offensive player makes the drop step, and the defender reacts by moving to block the path to the basket. However, the defensive player is moving back and has not completely blocked the path. The offensive player must now make another maneuver to create space. By rocking back toward the original position-and not moving either foot (still in driving position with the left foot stepping toward the basket)-the player makes the defender lean toward the rock. The player then reacts by pushing off the right foot and driving toward the basket (see figure 7.5).
Move 6-Drop Step, Pull Back, Explosion Step The offensive player has attempted to make the reverse drive, dropping the left foot toward the basket. However, the player reads that the defender has reacted quickly and has dropped back to prevent the drive. The offensive player reacts by pulling back to create space for the jump shot. Again, the defender reacts quickly and is closing in on the player. The offensive player-with knees flexed, ready to shoot, pass, or drive-counters by faking a crossover drive to see if the defender will retreat once more. The defender doesn't retreat (see figure 7.6), and the player takes a second, longer step toward the basket and beats the defender on the drive. We call the second step (the first step of the drive) the "explosion step."
This is an excerpt from Pete Newell's Playing Big.