There is no better advice for undersized interiors than that given by Charles Barkley: use your behind!
If Charles Barkley was a phenomenon when he played in the NBA, it was partly because he dominated the opposing rackets despite a sizeable deficit. From the height of his meter 98, “Chuck” still managed to reign terror and completed his magnificent career with more than 11 rebounds per game. Guest on Conan O’Brien’s podcast , Barkley revealed that part of his anatomy in particular allowed him to compensate for the deficit in terms of size against the behemoths that often faced him in the 80s and 90s.
“When you are 1.95m, 1.98m, everyone you face is much taller than you. One of the ways to minimize the impact of their height and ability to jump is to put your ass on them and move them around the body. When you hit a player, he sure won’t jump that high and that fast. That’s common sense.
If the guy in front is two meters he will jump higher than me, but I can negate some of his height advantage if my ass or body is on him constantly. You have to stay close to him so as not to give him the opportunity to get out of this.
When the shot is fired, you put your ass on him.”
Advice that some current NBA players have taken to the letter. Watching Kyle Lowry or Draymond Green play is enough to understand the importance of using your posterior well when most of the players you’re dueling with are taller than you.