On his team after three straight blowout losses…
“You gotta play a lot harder. That’s always the starting point. You gotta play a lot harder. Until you do that, nothing else matters. No matter what we would do or anything else, if we played at the same pace, energy level, intensity level as we played last night, nothing will be better. That’s where it starts. Run up and down the floor. Run. Get down in a stance. Play hard. That’s where it all starts, and that’s where it always starts.”
Thursday, December 15, 2016
It’s season number seven for me as head coach of the boys varsity basketball team at East Lansing High School.
Thanks for visiting. Going to change direction a bit with the blog.
In the past I have posted quotes from players and coaches. From this day on, I will post items about our team keeping you updated on our progress.
The Trojans currently are 1-0 in conference play, 3-0 overall on the season. We’ve won on the road at Dewitt and Haslett. Our lone home game was a big conference win over Jackson High last Friday night.
Today we prep for a very tough road game tomorrow night at Lansing Everett; alma mater of the greatest point guard in the history of basketball, Magic Johnson.
Yesterday the team watched film of our game against Haslett, a 71-31 victory. We also took a look at Everett to learn a little bit about their team. Everett is well-coached, quick and fast. It’s going to be a very tough game.
Lots to do cover today at practice. We go from 3:00 to 4:45.
Our Freshmen and Junior Varsity teams play at home tonight; freshmen starts at 5:30, followed by JV at 7:00
From Kobe Bryant:
“When I turn on the TV and I watch players play, the player that plays with the same kind of emotion and grit and competitive intensity is Russell [Westbrook].”
“When I was young and playing, that wasn’t the perception. The perception was that I was headstrong, obsessive about the game of basketball, but as time has gone on and people have been able to see how obsessive I’ve been about winning, then that’s kind of become, they’ve kind of come to know me as that, right. So there are certain young players out there, I’m sure, that have that mentality, but over time we will be able to see who is who.”
“Russell is going hard. Doesn’t matter who he is playing against, doesn’t matter what the odds are, he’s going, that’s a guy, he is going 110 percent every single time.”
After a recent loss to the Hawks:
“Maybe some guys are starting to just kind of mail it in. I’m not sure. But I’m not going to stand for that. I’ll just find a group of guys that will compete and play hard and play the right way, and play them 48 minutes if I have to. Some of our guys did play with energy and effort tonight. Not enough.”
“To me, when we play the right way, I think that we’re really good. I do. I love watching our team play when we play the right way. When we don’t share and we’re not aggressive and things like that, we can get average, and talent doesn’t prevail with us. That’s why I think it’s so important, the habits of energy and things like that.”
“I don’t like losing, man. I play this game to win. I never in my life played to lose. I don’t know what that feels like. I don’t play like that. I play to win. I felt like that the locker room here was kind of sulking right when I got here. It was sad to be in a professional locker room like that. I didn’t like it. I just wanted to come in each and every day and put my work in and hopefully make guys feed off my energy and take it from there.”