THINGS I WISH I WOULD HAVE KNOWN EARLIER AS A PLAYER…

THINGS I WISH I WOULD HAVE KNOWN EARLIER AS A PLAYER…

 

  • WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE A SENIOR (THE SACRIFICE FOR THE TEAM)
  • HOW MUCH TIME THE COACHING STAFF PUTS IN TRYING TO PREPARE THE TEAM FOR LIFE, PRACTICES AND GAMES
  • HOW MUCH TIME THE COACHING STAFF SPENDS THINKING ABOUT WHAT IS BEST FOR THE TEAM
  • YOUR TEAM IS ONLY AS GOOD AS THE LAST PLAYER TO BUY IN (WEAKEST LINK) – YOU HAVE A “TRUE” TEAM ONLY WHEN EVERY LAST PLAYER HAS BOUGHT IN
  • WHEN YOU WIN WITH A “TEAM”, THE VICTORY TASTES MUCH SWEETER
  • TEAM CHEMISTRY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE GAME OF BASKETBALL – WITHOUT IT CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE HARD TO COME BY
  • THAT IT CAN TAKE AN ENTIRE SEASON TO BUILD A “TEAM” AND ONE INCIDENT TO DESTROY THE CHEMISTRY THAT WAS BUILT
  • HOW YOU PLAY IN PRACTICE ULTIMATELY AFFECTS YOUR PERFORMANCE IN THE GAME
  • IF YOU WANT TO BE THE BEST PLAYER, YOU HAVE TO BE THE HARDEST WORKER
  • IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW GOOD YOU ARE IF YOU ARE NOT MENTALLY TOUGH
  • THAT YOU WIN GAMES BY PREPARING PROPERLY IN PRACTICE AND NOT JUST LACING UP THE SNEAKERS ON GAME NIGHT
  • IT’S HARD AS A COACH TO SIT A PLAYER WHO MAKES HUSTLE PLAYS CONSISTENTLY AND WORKS HARD IN PRACTICE
  • THE IMPORTANCE OF BALL PRESSURE AND JUMPING TO THE BALL AND HOW TO PLAY DEFENSE PROPERLY
  • COMMUNICATION IS A MUST TO BE SUCCESSFUL ON AND OFF THE COURT
  • I HAVE A BETTER CHANCE TO PLAY IF I AM A GREAT DEFENDER VS. A GOOD SHOOTER
  • THE SOONER I REALIZE THAT EVERYTHING STARTS WITH DEFENSE THE BETTER I WILL BE ABLE TO PREPARE MYSELF FOR THE PRACTICES AND GAMES
  • THE KEY TO BECOMING A GREAT REBOUNDER IS PUTTING FORTH THE EFFORT TO GO TO THE GLASS AND ABILITY HAS LITTLE TO DO WITH IT
  • A GOOD TEAM DEFENSE IS BUILT WITH THE FOUNDATION OF TRUST & COMMUNICATION
  • HOW MUCH YOU HAVE TO PREPARE MENTALLY FOR PLAYOFFS, ROAD GAMES, BACK TO BACKS, BOUNCING BACK FROM LOSSES OR EMOTIONAL WINS AND GAMES THAT OUR NOT IN YOUR USUAL ROUTINE
  • IT’S NOT WHO STARTS THE GAME, IT’S WHO FINISHES THE GAME – BE A FINISHER
  • YOU HAVE TO HAVE A GREAT SECOND HALF WARM-UP PHYSICALLY TO GET YOURSELF READY MENTALLY (PERCEIVED ABILITY THAT WE ARE READY TO GO)
  • THAT YOU CAN CONTROL TWO THINGS IN LIFE:  1. ATTITUDE  2. EFFORT – AND MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, POSITIVE WORDS AND ACTIONS CREATE POSITIVE REACTIONS

 

 

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