“I love playing for USA basketball. Some guys look at it as they don’t get paid, so you don’t have to play or whatever. Any time I get a chance to represent my country, especially for all the servicemen and women who do so much for us, I think it’s a great opportunity to show your appreciation. So I love doing things like this and I look forward to future years playing for USA Basketball.”
“Any team that wants to have success must have a foundation of toughness, aggressiveness, physicality. If you play together on the offense end and take good shots, you play with each other, you don’t care who makes the bucket as long as the person has a Brooklyn Nets name on his jersey.”
Stephen Curry answering a question via an interview with the NY Times on team training; is it optimal for individual growth.
I don’t think you can rely solely on that, for sure, because that’s a good point: making sure what you’re doing is specific to your strengths and weaknesses and how to get better. But obviously during the season it’s all about team situations and team scenarios, so having a lot of repetitions and opportunities in the summer to work in that kind of environment I think can accelerate your progress as well. I’ve added a little individual work on the outside, on my own time, to complement what we’re doing with Team USA. So it’s almost like a double benefit for me.
“We’re excited. Whenever they tell us to play, we’ve got to be ready. There’s no off nights in the NBA. That’s the one thing. Even being here, when you see all the great talent that we have in our league, if you take someone lightly, you’re making a big mistake and we can’t just talk about it. We’ve got to put the work into it because there’s a lot of work and commitment that goes into winning. To say that we’re going to win because we feel we’re talented—doesn’t work that way. There’s a lot of talent in this league. It’s the teams that are willing to make that commitment and endure throughout during the course of the season, to work hard all summer, to work hard in training camp, to work hard throughout the season, to commit to playing for each other, those are the teams that build winning habits and that’s what we have to do. We have to build winning habits throughout the course of the year.”
On what John Calipari did for his game at Kentucky:
“Coach Calipari, he came in my junior year, he introduced me to the perimeter game. He allowed me to shoot the ball, put the ball on the floor and that allowed me to transition to the NBA. Calipari is definitely the reason that I am the type of player I am today.”
Brian Scalarbrine says Mark Jackson’s coaching staff didn’t push the Golden State Warriors enough.
Is it safe to say that “pushing” players is a broad topic?
I’m sure you have a different opinion than me on how much do you push a player?
Do some players need pushing more than others?
Is it necessary to push players? How much is too much?
I once heard someone say, “give a positive push instead of a negative shove.”
Lately there has been a few articles on the internet explaining the negative side of specialization.
Committing yourself to a particular sport has a huge impact on your success. If you manage your time well, you can succeed at more than one sport. It’s been done before.
It’s important that you are not wasting time. There are so many distractions out there.
Hitting the court and working on your dribbling and shooting is a must. Are you motivated to get out there and work?
Coach Izzo at Michigan State likes to say, “you get what you deserve.”
Think about that quote for a minute.
It’s early August, basketball season is right around the corner. You deserve to make the team? How much time are you putting in? You deserve to start? Again, how much work are you putting in?
NBA players with Team USA are in the gym working. They want to make the team and also want to get better.
College basketball teams are practicing twice a week and some are headed out of the country to play a few exhibition games.
No one should push you or tell you what to do. It’s your choice.
As Doc Rivers said, “you’re entitled to nothing in this game.”
Get to work.