It's finally the time of year that basketball enthusiast have been waiting for. The NBA regular season! This off season was probably the busiest of all time. So many changes and so many predictions. I'm just so excited about the new crop of talent that has entered the league and the move forward to a more competitive balanced league. The next step is to do away with analytics, because those numbers can't determine a teams cohesiveness. Individual numbers don't benefit a teams outcome. Playing together does.
- There are some great coaches in college basketball. They recruit, teach, counsel and guide young men and women using the disciplines and strategies of the sport to enhance the student athletes’ lives. They are organized And disciplined in their approach to the most important aspects of the game that it’s obvious why they are successful. Like in any other profession, there are those that struggle and most of those struggles can be attributed to a fundamental lack of understanding. There’s such a gap in the two groups that leads to questions about just how some are vetted to fill those coaching jobs. Recruiting is HUGE!! Understanding what separates the major level players from the Mid-level and Low-level players is incredibly important to not only college coaches but to the HS coaches, Players and parents. The difference between the categorizing of player’s levels can be so subtle that it simply lies in their height. What I find hilarious is when a low D1 coach over critiques a “PG” that controls tempo; directs offense; pressures the ball defensively and gets to the bucket by stating: “ I’d like to see him/her with a more consist outside shot”... the response to that coach is: “if they had that skill with all those other attributes, you couldn’t get them! They’d be above your level”. Then, you look at their rosters and see no players that would accent that type of player anyway. Lack of understanding.
by Anonymous Coach
When I first started playing ball, I was always in love with the game. From making baskets out of paper and tape, then hangers, getting the courts that stick on the wall and watching basketball and copying every player I liked.
I remember, Ice Man, Bobby Jones, Dr. J, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird being my early teachers. I copied them all at home in my room, but, we played...
Girls, it's been an amazing year and a lot of fun. The year didn't end the way we wanted it to, but with so many injuries and players out, we remained strong throughout. What we have is special and we proved it every time we stepped on the court. We didn't lose any games, we learned about ourselves. We have the most talented team in this country. but we can't settle for that, because talent ain't enough. With all the success comes a ton of dislike and you all felt that a long the way.
Today I became a part of a brotherhood! I am a honorary member of the #MadeMan organization. 100 male philanthropist, were honored tonight and being a part of this group was an amazing experience. So many successful black men whom I've never met before (I knew a few), to be in this room was an eye opener on the possibilities to build and strengthen my network. Being a kid from Southeast D.C, I wasn't supposed to be in that room with the cards I was dealt. But by God's grace and a little faith, I was two feet down and being honored. There are some things that God can do that men can't!
The start of it all. The development and the troubles that lit the light bulb and started the faith and character building.
One reason I was successful at playing basketball was because I made the game my own. I played it how I wanted to play it. Once I learned the fundamentals, I was able to manipulate the game. I gained IQ and learned how to manipulate opponents. I learned to be deceptive, I learned to make defenders puppets.
"...I've never played a game that I didn't get double teamed on any level!"