We all know the story of former New York Knicks captain Willis Reed limping out to the court at Madison Square Garden and playing in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Championship against the Los Angeles Lakers. If not, read Harvey Araton’s recap via the NY Times.
If you don’t feel like reading, check this video clip from NBA TV via You Tube.
Day 19 – Courage
When people talk about having courage, what exactly does that mean?
In regards to basketball; allow me to explain.
Having courage on the basketball court means being brave; it’s facing some sort of fear. It means being bold, taking risks and not sitting back worrying about what will happen. It’s dealing with critics when things don’t go your way. It’s pushing the ball on the break and making things happen.
Having courage is shooting the jump shot and knowing it’s going in. It’s not shooting scared; thinking to yourself that if you miss, you’ll get taken out of the game. Former NBA coach Kevin Loughery once said, “You have to shoot ‘em up and sleep in the streets.”
Courage is diving on the floor after a loose ball. It’s blocking out on the glass and going after the rebound. Courage is getting down in your stance and pressuring the ball.
Having courage is waking up early and heading to the gym to improve. Having courage is getting home at night at a decent hour, getting your rest and not being influenced by friends poor decisions.
Things will not come easy for you as a basketball player-you need to be courageous to get through.
When you come up against an opponent who is bigger and stronger and maybe a bit older or more experienced, you need to battle, fight, and never back down.
Don’t let your God-given talent go to waste because you may be fearful.
There’s no need to worry before big games. Someone once said about worrying, “it’s like banging your head against the wall. It only feels good when you stop.”
So stop worrying. Enjoy the process. Radiate courage. Get out there and make something happen!
“Neither you nor the world know what you can do until you have tried.”
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