Winding down with our 90 Day Basketball Improvement Plan.
I hope everyone enjoys the Holidays.
Day 87 – Challenged
“I do challenge the players. I do confront them. I do have great demands on them for their time and for their energy and their spirit. And I think that’s important in order to get the best out of these players.” (Pat Riley, NBA at 50. Page 32)
As a basketball player you want to be challenged. You want to be pushed. It’s not being yelled and screamed at for losing the ball on the fast break. It’s not a coach getting in your face and dissin’ you. It’s a coach motivating you. Getting you to play your very best.
You will never know your true capacity for achievement on the basketball court if you never challenge yourself or are challenged by not only your coaches but your opponents as well. Competition brings out the best in all of us.
The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat yourself. Not allowing a coach to coach you in a positive way is stopping your progress. The players who have a hard time with a coach raising their voice is someone who has a very high opinion of themselves, and is selfish.
I think it’s a cop-out when players get sensitive to a coach coaching them up. I totally believe that there is a powerful, driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream or desire a reality. Change for a player is difficult, it always is. Change in any venue is difficult. When you relocate, when you go to a different school, work at a new job, it’s all the same. It’s how you were brought up and taught how to respond to change. A lot of players fight it, some respond, some, it doesn’t seem to bother.
Crave coaching. Demand it, look for it, learn to love it. Compete, battle, jump in the ring. Work on your weakness, take time to shoot 100 3’s a day in the summer. Go up and down the court with your left hand.
The desire to become the best player you can possibly be must be discussed when asking ‘how good do you want to be’.
A positive push is better than a negative shove.
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