The Daily LeBron

Thursday, February 8, 2018

We’ve just got to keep pushing and stay positive. For me, I am staying positive and just trying to figure out ways we can get better, what units work well for us on the floor, how we can be more productive, how we can pick someone up when they’re struggling. It’s been tough because we have a few guys that have been struggling as of late.

It’s no time to throw shade about our season. We’ve got to continue to be positive and continue to push forward. We’ve got quite a few games left, and if we’re still serious about the season, then we’ve got to play good ball at some point.

We’ve just got to keep pushing. Stay positive, keep pushing, try to get better, and that’s where it’s at. That’s where it’s at for me.

We’ve got to come out with the right gameplan. We’ve got to come out with a sense of urgency, and we’ve got to play the game the right way and try to sustain some good basketball for 48 minutes.

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BASKETBALL CONFESSIONS #4

Late 1970’s, early to mid-80’s, following a New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden we would wait outside to meet the players from both teams.

At first we would ask for autographs.

Then we would ask for sneakers.

Practice jersey’s came next and then we would walk with them to their cars and talk about the game.

Met some great dudes. Wish I kept all the stuff I collected.

KYLE KUZMA

Lakers rookie…

When you lose games, at the end of the day Luke isn’t the one going out and shooting 2-for-15, turning the ball over, having turnovers or missing free throws. That’s us. Can’t blame the coaching staff for everything. It’s mutual, of course. Players mess up, coaches mess up. We as a team have to be more accountable.

It’s just a lot of white noise, in a sense. Luke is my guy. I love playing for him. I’m sure most of us love playing for him too. … We stand by Luke. I know the front office does.

LESSONS IN LOSING

Our team, the East Lansing Trojans boys varsity basketball team lost last night to Grand Ledge 59-53.  It’s the first regular season loss for the Trojans since March, 5, 2015.  We had won 45 straight.  In the CAAC Blue, we were riding a 34 game win streak. Pretty impressive, I know.

But losing a game in the regular season, well, it’s okay.  With all due respect to our opponent, we’re still tied for 1st place in the conference. We play them again and there’s also 10 more conference games to play.

Anything can happen.

That’s why we should all take losing as a lesson.  A very important one at that.

Losing helps you understand what you need to improve on.  Losing makes you hungry. I’m not sure if they wanted it more than we did last night but I thought they had a little more energy and juice. But that’s okay, because now we know we have to bring the juice every game.

The great thing about high school basketball is that there’s another game; in two days we take to the road for a conference game vs the Holt Rams. But before the game we will watch the game film from last night, hit the weight room and then practice on Thursday.

We will not feel sorry for ourselves nor will we pout and sulk. We’ll handle our business and get back at it.

David Schwartz once said, “How you think after you lose determines the next time you win.”

We have a growth mindset at East Lansing. We’ll work harder. Try harder and study harder. We will confront these challenges and develop into a better basketball team. We will make our best effort in the next few days. No one will feel sorry for us.

Just because you fail, it doesn’t mean you’re a failure.

To close, Michael Cain’s character in “Batman” had a great line.

“Why do we fail? So that we can learn to pick ourselves back up.”

When you fail at something, you have to go back to work.

And that is a valuable lesson.

-Coach Finamore