When you are dribbling downcourt and there is a defender between you and the basket, go straight at him rather than show him which side you want to go to. By going straight at him, you “paralyze” or freeze him until you decide, just a few feet from him.
You can win a ten-foot race against anyone when you have a running start and your opponent must start from a turned-around, stopped position. This is precisely the case when you go at a defender and suddenly veer off—whether you are dribbling or cutting to receive a pass.
If a defender is playing between you and the ball, run straight at him and veer off at the last instant. By going straight at him, you force him to race you from that standing position. If you show him which side you are going to run to, you enable him to get a running start, too, and to stay with you.
From Dick’s book Stuff