This week I explained the big difference between max speed and acceleration and gave everyone a free acceleration / deceleration workout to use.
Acceleration and deceleration should make up the majority of your speed training for athletes. An athlete will spend much more time accelerating and stopping quickly over time spent at max speed during a sporting event.
Basketball includes both anaerobic and aerobic capacities and is often a more physical game that most people understand. There is typically contact with another player each time down the court.