You’re only as good as the amount of energy you put into it.  Good habits are contagious. Be amazed with the results. 

TAKE THE STEPS NECESSARY TO SUCCEED. – GOOD HABITS work for everything. 

PROTECT THE BASKET:  MIGHT REQUIRE SPRINTING  

STAY BETWEEN YOUR MAN & THE BASKET.  LIKE A MIRROR.

ALWAYS SEE THE BALL.

APPLY PRESSURE TO THE PLAYER WITH THE BASKETBALL.  MAKE THE OPPONENT WORRY ABOUT YOU.  BE A BUG THAT HAS TO BE SWATTED AWAY BUT KEEPS COMING BACK

MOVE QUICKLY WHILE THE BALL IS IN THE AIR.  LIKE A CAT.

ON A DEAD BALL (PLAYER HAS STOPPED DRIBBLING) – BECOME A SHARK – GET UP ON PLAYER WITH BALL – ALL OTHERS GET INTO DENIAL POSITION (SWORD FIGHTER STANCE.

ALWAYS BE MOVING. –READY TO POUNCE.

ON AN OPPONENT SHOT MAKE CONTACT, (ESPECIALLY NEAR THE BASKET) - GO GET THE BALL WITH 2 HANDS. GROWL.

RECIPE -  REBOUND + DEFENSE + TEAMWORK = FUN.   

(MAKE DOING IT THE TEAM WAY – YOUR WAY)  SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

BE EFFICIENT WITH YOUR DRIBBLE

"This is basketball, not figure skating. You don't get extra points for degree of difficulty" - Bob Hurley

Here is a player's dribbling sequence on the wing...
• Dribble through the legs 3 times.
• Crossover.
• Dribble through the legs 2 times.
• Crossover.
• Behind-the-back step-back three-pointer.
And the shot was easily blocked by the defender (who barely even had to move)...

"What should he have done instead?"

Probably just passed to a teammate and continued the offense...
But if he had to score in a one-on-one situation.
• Squared up to the hoop.
• Read the defender.
• If they have space, shoot.
• If the defender is too close for an open shot, use a shot fake or jab step and then use 2 - 3 dribbles to create a scoring opportunity.

Definitely not dance around with the dribble.
That's not effective basketball.

 Take being tired out of the equation.  Get in shape, physically and mentally.  When other players are getting tired, you are just getting going.

Difference between nervous and anxious.

Nervous  = Unprepared

Anxious = Can't wait

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