If you know me, you know I love quotes. This morning I came across a great one from Napoleon Hill:
“The one who tries to get something for nothing generally winds up getting nothing for something.”
I have been talking to a few coaches at the HS, college and pro levels the past ferw days The one word often used is, ‘energy’.
Your success on the court usually is determined by your energy. I love players that bring it every day, games and practices included.
Whether it’s on the defensive end of the floor, hitting the offensive boards or running the floor hard. The energy can also be recognized during warm-ups too. Is the player going hard to the basket during lay-up drills? Are they running to the back of each line? How about the passing? Are they giving max effort when passing the ball? Are they moving without the ball? Setting screens? To be honest, you can walk into practice with energy. Are the players excited to be at the gym?
Energy type players will always be called on during the game. There is no room for them on the bench, as a coach, you love your “energy guys.”
Bring the energy every day!
With Kentucky’s loss to Indiana and Ohio State going down to Kansas, Syracuse jumps to number one in the polls.
Murray State is 10-0 to start the season. Their first year head coach Steve Prohm is doing a fine job. No talk of, “when I get my players in here.” That kind of nonsense is reserved for teams that start off poorly.
Suspended Cincinnati forward Yancy Gates issued a tearful apology for throwing a sucker punch that left a bloody gash below the eye of a Xavier player Saturday. The Bearcats made their four suspended players attend a news conference and apologize.
The Deseret News on Utah’s coach staying upbeat despite their poor start.
“It’s not fun, believe me, and there are plenty of sleepless nights,” he says of the Utes’ abysmal start. “I care more than anybody (about the losses). But I’m not going to let it eat me up.”
Krystkowiak says it’s easy for coaches to “say all the funny stuff” and be upbeat when their team is winning. But he believes it’s important to be just as positive when things aren’t going so well.
“You can’t take yourself that seriously,” he says. “We’re in control of making this better and we’re going to have to stay the course. At the end of the day, it’s just a game and there’s a lot of really big issues happening in the world. It’s important to keep it in perspective and I try to do that.”
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