“Players under pressure revert back to their deeply held habits”. In a big game, against tough defense you will see what type of player you are. You will see what your habits are. Every time I step into a gym almost every athlete looks the same; a little out of control, a little weak with the ball, makes a few too many mistakes, and hardly ever has a plan.
The first time I played in a professional basketball game in Greece I was shocked by the speed. I was not shocked by the speed of the players running up and down the court or by the quickness of the guards, but I was shocked by the speed of the ball. Nothing in my basketball training had prepared me to for the speed of the ball movement. The biggest difference between youth basketball, high school, college and professional basketball is the speed of the passing.
The athlete emails in my inbox usually start with “Coach, I hope you’re doing well. I’m doing OK with the start of season… But…”. I always know the “but…” is coming. When it does, a quick smile arrives on my face and think of one person: my younger brother. He has given me renewed faith and confidence that the mantra of ‘just fight through it’ is real.
No one is ever quite sure about how a basketball player is supposed to act after a loss. It doesn’t seem necessary to cry for a week, especially since you’re likely to have another game within that time; yet it doesn’t seem quite right to walk off the court laughing either.
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Great shooters like Ray Allen and Kobe Bryant are providing a must-watch NBA Finals series as they show off theiroffensive games to give their teams another NBA crown. While it can be difficult to prevent a great shooter from scoring, especially if they have strong counter dribble moves, there are a few simple things you can do ‘every’ and ‘always’ to limit the scoring opportunities for any great shooter.
I was given this book “The Go Giver” by a mentor of mine, and the powerful thoughts shared in the book are now a part of my every-day life (along with the sequel, “The Go Giver Sells More”). While the book does not offer great basketball drills or agility exercises (because that’s the message), I found immediate correlations between a Go Giver and the type of leaders we are trying to teach, build, and mold at Point Guard College. Here is a brief summary of the book and its correlation to being a true point guard and leader – both on and off the court.
Attitude is probably the most important aspect of the game. What is your attitude? All of us have a good attitude when things are going well; when we’re the stars of our teams and winning big games, but what’s your attitude when your team is losing?
ESPN’s Jay Bilas wrote a terrific blog during last year’s basketball season about the often used (yet often misunderstood) word in sport – toughness. It was one of the best blogs I’ve ever read, and a viral buzz was created because of it. Here are some key, bullet point thoughts about this word.