Travel team basketball is complete for the summer.
Now its time for high school players to start working hard on their game.
Get in the gym. If they are working on the floor like they normally do in August, find the nearest outdoor court.
Get out on the track and hit the weight room.
My guy Herb Welling has some interesting thoughts on travel ball and basketball camp. I am going to ask him if it’s kosher to post his comments.
I am looking forward to Team USA. They are working out now in Las Vegas.
A couple of ESPN writers with an interesting article on something that we have been discussing for a few years now; playing basketball outdoors.
The writers looked at a few cities around the country; surprised they left out Detroit.
Back in the day there was a great book out on the top playgrounds around the country. It was a guide on where to find the best run titled, “The In-Your-Face Basketball Book.”
Do kids play outdoor basketball anymore?
I see many outdoor courts empty.
“It mostly means that everybody is going to play unselfishly, respect each other’s achievements, play hard enough every night to give yourself a chance to win, to fulfill your role.” -Gregg Popovich
I am often asked what playing the right way means?
It’s easy. It’s not hard at all granted you are willing to listen.
Pop answers the question in today’s quote.
Many kids at the younger levels are not being taught to PTRW.
It’s a shame. They’re missing out.
The game becomes much easier when you learn to play the right way.
All coaches have a responsibility to teach their team to play the right way.
Play hard, share the ball, defend, rebound, sprint the floor, dive for loose balls and be happy and excited for your teammates success.
That’s not hard, is it?
‘‘From a coaching standpoint, you always love that guy who wants to get in there and set screens and rebound and play around the rim.”
“You have to approach the game with a certain intensity, a certain effort, with a certain love and passion.”
“I think you want to get your culture right. To me, the way you do it is by the people you put on your team and in your locker room. That’s how the culture gets changed. How well are we going to play together? How committed are we going to be at the defensive end of the floor? How well are guys going to accept roles?”
On LeBron James:
“He’s always understood that once you step on the court, it’s about five guys working together as one.”