“What you try to do without micromanaging is have your best players, take their best shots. From their best spots.” -Jeff Van Gundy
As an adult, one thing I miss is playing ball on the weekends. Father time has caught up to me so my playing days are over. Do you recall playing ball on the weekends?
I miss the three words, “WHO GOT NEXT?”
Pick-up ball, tournaments, leagues and of course, working on your game alone.
East 5th street, Manhattan Beach and Holy Name schoolyard were just three of the spots I would visit to go up against top notch comp.
Those were the days my friend.
I will never forget as a young boy sitting in the boys schoolyard at Holy Name watching Steve Yetman from Nazareth High School working on his shooting on a hot summer day in July. He was a member of the Kingsman basketball team which was playing later that night in the summer league. He was working to improve.
At the youth level, good luck to all the high school basketball players (boys and girls) who will be working out, attending camps, playing with their high school & travel teams the next 3 months. There’s plenty of time to put in the work and improve.
College players are on campus taking classes and playing in open gyms and working on their games individually. Hopefully the coaching staff gets to put some time in with their team too.
And the pro guys, well there’s a few playoff games going on and the guys who are out, well hopefully they are resting up for next season but getting some reps in here and there.
Improving as a player is one of the most important traits. It’s a staple of playing the right way.