Monday – October 16, 2017
NBA basketball starts tomorrow.
College hoops is right around the corner. Do you recall back in the day at this time of year when Street and Smith’s college basketball magazine hit the newsstands? We called it the “Bible.”
I hear Blue Ribbon is good but it’s too expensive for this coach.
Today I want to discuss youth basketball.
This is where it all starts. Not only a kid’s jump-shot but their mindset. They are being led by adults. They follow in our footsteps (most of them anyway)
I know it’s a pretty broad subject but I’ll start with the development of the mindset.
What happened a couple of weeks ago with Adidas, the Bowen’s from Saginaw, Michigan and the Louisville basketball program is a tragedy. This all started because of the grassroots level and the adults involved.
I’ve been in this game a long time. I’ve seen a lot. I’m not sure if anything can be done to help the state of the game. I really think it’s beyond improving. Hate to say this but I think it’s getting worse. And oh yeah, everyone has an answer but few do anything about it. The ESPN guys crack me up.
I’m really trying to stay positive and optimistic but…it’s hard.
First off, everyone has a degree in “finger pointing.” Blame, blame blame.
It’s the kids fault.
Blame the coach.
The parent pushes the kid too hard. Or, the parent is too soft on them.
They don’t play in a competitive tournament. They workout too much or not enough.
I’m not playing with that team because they don’t pass the ball. So I’ll transfer or switch travel teams.
That team has too many good players, I’ll never get any burn. My son will not play on the varsity team as a freshman so I will send him to another school.
We’ve hear all the excuses.
As adults, we have to look at things a bit deeper. We have to take the blinders off. Do what’s best for the kid.
Be a great parent. Nurture your child. Guide them and support them.
To conclude, are you part of the problem or part of the solution?