Basketball is a very physically demanding sport, so you should be running about 2-4 times per week, depending on your age and experience. It’s important to remember that conditioning for basketball is different than conditioning for other sports, such as football and cross country. Basketball conditioning should be focused on change of speed and change of direction. Instead of going on a long jog, run some short sprints and emphasize changing direction. Also, go on runs where you are constantly changing speed (jog, to sprint, back to jog). Click here to see an example of how you should be running to prepare for basketball season.