Talking to teammates, helping each other verbally, is one of the most obvious differences (if you are on the court) between good players and mediocre ones.
“I’ve got that man.” – “Take ’im!” – “Get through.” – “Help here.” – “Bring ’im here.” – “Go through.” – “Watch behind.”
There are dozens of comments that get repeated over and over in games, and they do help a team perform better. Just getting in the habit of calling out your man each time on defense, and getting your teammates to call out theirs, will end up saving baskets over the course of a game and season.
Talking your teammates through screens, telling them when you are in good help-position ready to pick up their men, motioning for them to clear out or cut through the lane, alerting them to cutters or players trying to sneak behind your defense—all of these and many more situations happen often in games.
If you are not now in the habit of constantly talking during the action of the game, you may be surprised at how often your mere words can help your teammates make a play.
Less-experienced players tend to think that many of these situations are obvious. (“It was clear there was a screen there. Why should I bother to tell him?” Or “It was clear I had that man and he had the other man, so how could it help just saying what was already obviously going to happen?”) They don’t bother to say anything. But these situations are not always obvious. Talking is very often what makes them obvious. Talking ends any possible confusion that may arise. And talking prevents the short hesitations (Is he thinking what I’m thinking? Should I take that man, or shouldn’t I?) that frequently are all that a team needs to get the slight advantage necessary to score.
Talking helps a team coordinate its activities, assures that everyone is working together and encourages players to do decisively what they otherwise may do haphazardly or a second too late. Talking, even saying the obvious, helps you win games.
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