Thursday, July 18, 2013

How to be a team basketball player.

A lot of people don't know this from watching the NBA, but it takes a full team effort to win a basketball game. I know this from experience, as I play varsity level basketball. Sometimes you have to sacrifice for your team. Whether it be having more practices to work on what needs to fixed, or just helping team members individually with something they're having trouble with. The biggest thing for me, is saying positive. If your team is behind, and your teammates start to give up, you have to pick them back up. If you don't keep a positive attitude during a game, it's pretty much impossible to win. You have to encourage your younger teammates to keep trying, even if your losing. No matter what happens, you have to take something from every game and get better. Whether it be turning the ball over less, or learning to make that extra pass to get a shot within the flow of the offense. As opposed to taking the first open shot you get, which are often forced or off balance. To be a great team player, you have to go all out on both sides of the court. You can't make a mistake on offense, and then jog back on defense. You have to try that much harder on defense if your offense isn't working the way you'd like it to. Find a way to leave your mark on the game. At the end of the day, if you can say you gave 100% for the team, your teammates will respect you. They will appreciate all of your hard work and it may even inspire them to work harder. A cohesive team beats a talented team 9 times out of 10. Just don't get upset with that one loss. Thanks for reading and I hope this helps you become a better team player.
Peace ~HipsterC

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