An Obvious Difference between Good Players and Mediocre Players

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.”

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Win More Games in Three Simple Steps

Here are three simple things great basketball teams and players do that most teams are missing.

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You Don’t Fake Enough on Offense

The biggest mistake players make in faking is that they think they have to get through the fake quickly and get on with their real purpose—their move to the basket, and the result is a poor, unconvincing fake. Stay low so you can maneuver precisely. You may think that by staying low you are sacrificing speed, but players who fake and put the ball on the floor far out in front of them, just a few inches off the floor, are very difficult to guard.

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Top Books on Leadership for Coaches and Athletes

We put together a list of our favorite books that will resonate with any good coach.

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Think the Game | Playmaking | Leadership | Mindset

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Don’t Let One Moment Define Your Game

After most wins, you really aren’t entitled to all the congratulations you get nor to the focus on all the good things that happened. And after most losses, you really don’t deserve all the criticism or the anguish of realizing that so many plays—if only just one had gone differently—cost you the victory.

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5 Ways to Practice Mental Toughness

Here are five ways to practice your mental toughness off the court. If you practice these five things, every day, you’ll develop greater self-discipline. You’ll become unstoppable in anything you do. It is five things you will have to rise above your feelings every day. That is how you build mental toughness. You develop, as a habit, a muscle of rising above your feelings to level of your aspirations and commitments.

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Quit Sitting Quietly on the Bench

At PGC, we say you are either contributing or contaminating. Basketball players often measure their contribution just by how many points they score or the number of rebounds and assists they make. But what a good basketball player brings to the game and their team goes beyond stats. Good coaches and good teams value a contributing bench member.

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This meant that his TRAINING time was much larger than his TEACHING time. The lion’s share (no pun intended) of practice was spent with bodies moving and shoes squeaking. That’s the way HABITS are formed. Repetition is king and there are no reps when my lips are moving and players are standing and listening.

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