Everyone knows that bounce passes are good passes to throw inside to a man posting up, or to a cutter going backdoor, or perhaps on a 2-on- 1 fast break, but a lot of players don’t seem to realize that a bounce on the perimeter is a careless pass. It takes longer to arrive and, therefore, gives a defender a better chance for an interception.
Although a lob can be great for a backdoor cut, would you throw it to the teammate next to you on the perimeter even when there is no defender between you? Everyone answers no to that one. Even little kids don’t throw a lob for no reason. Yet, stars often drop a bounce pass to a teammate for no reason.
Don’t do anything for no reason. If there is no one between you and the man you are about to pass to, don’t throw anything other than a crisp, straight pass to his chest.
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, right? Lobs and bounces are used to throw over or under people; otherwise, don’t use them.
From Dick’s book Stuff