Monday, March 11, 2013

A Little Background

In this book you won’t find any team drills. But, you will find tips and drills to become a better player on and off the court. Much of this book focuses on the mental aspect of the game.

Why you should listen to me?
Actually, you shouldn’t. Just close the book and go back to your video games and cream puffs. And while you’re at it let your mommy clean your room for you too.

The first year I played basketball, it was in a local league and I didn’t even score a basket. The next year when my parents asked me to play, I said no. And when they pushed me to play, I cried on my couch saying I didn’t want to play that terrible sport. If I didn’t score, why the heck would I want to play again? Eventually my parents dragged me to the sign-ups. I gave it one more try. That year, I ended up scoring several baskets and that began my basketball career.

 I played on my Middle School team, High School team, and on a travel team playing in tournaments all around Florida. Every summer, I also went to all the big basketball camps in Florida. Unfortunately, at the beginning of 11th grade I developed asthma and went from winning sprints to barely keeping up with the big men. I couldn’t have beat Charles Barkley in a sprint. I tried the inhalers and other gizmos, but nothing brought me back to me full potential.

This book, is a result from all the countless hours I spent with personal trainers, listening to lectures at basketball camps, and books I’ve read about basketball.  Even the same book I read when I was a young baller is still the top book on Amazon that is sold about basketball. Although the teachings in it are timeless, and I still would recommend a player to read it, it is an older book. I want to write an entertaining book for younger players just getting into the game and want tips on how to grow into a solid basketball player. This book is quick and to the point. No fluff information that isn’t useful for making you a better player.

A repeating theme of this book is to practice hard because you will end up playing in the game like you practice. If you practice lazily, then you’ll play lazily. If you turn the ball over a lot during practice, then you’ll turn the ball over a lot during the game. Sounds simple, but it’s hard to stick to doing on a consistent basis. I’m not saying you have to be serious all the time. Every time you’re just shooting around with your friends doesn't need to be beast mode. But, just keep in mind that any bad habits, like a poor shooting form is developed when you practice without concentrating. So, to sum it up, if you want to improve and become the best player you can, as fast as possible, then practice as hard as you can as often as you can.

Another extremely important point is to remember the coach is always right. Even when you think he’s wrong.  Arguing with the coach will cause a bad relationship to develop. A lot of basketball is all about emotions. If you have a bad attitude when you play basketball, you are much more likely to give a poor performance. If you keep butting heads with your coach and disagree with him, then you won’t play as hard for that coach. Just look at Carmelo Anthony during his 2011-12 season versus his 2012-13 season. It’s almost like there’s 2 different players and it’s all based on his attitude towards his coach. The only problem is you aren’t Carmelo Anthony yet, so accept what your coach says and play hard anyways. If you disagree with what your coach is doing or have a suggestion for him or her, then discuss it after practice. During practice or a game is nowhere to have the discussion about a disagreement. Keep your head up with the vision of the baller you want to become.

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