“No one is bigger than the team. If you can’t do things our way, you’re not getting time here, and we don’t care who you are.” – Gregg Popovich
Basketball season — my favorite sport season — is upon us. We’re already a week or two (and a handful of games) into the high school season, and I’ll have the opportunity to watch a lot of basketball.
Invariably, there will be some good and bad individual and team play; some cohesive teamwork and some selfish, “me-first” individual play.
So, I guess the question becomes, what type of player are you? Do you play for you or do you play for your team? Do you play for the name on the front of your jersey, or the name on the back of your jersey?
It’s frustrating for everyone to watch players who put “getting mine” before “getting ours;” players who, instead of playing within the system, play at the expense of the system. It’s equally frustrating to watch the coach who allows and, in effect, encourages such behavior.
I’ve always told my kids and players this: When you spend more time, on every possession, looking for your team’s best shot, instead of spending so much time trying to find a way to get off your own shot, you will be a better player and we will be a better team.
See the floor. Pass the ball. Move without the ball. Get your teammates involved. The longer you spend with the ball in your hands, looking for your own shot, the more sluggish your team’s offense becomes. Trust me, the ball will come back to you. On any given possession, your shot will be your team’s best scoring opportunity. And, when it is, do your thing.
Don’t get me wrong, winning is great and — on the surface — it can even conceal some teamwork issues. But I think I’d rather lose with a cohesive, unselfish team than win with a “me-first” player (or players) who thinks they are bigger than the team.
“Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to produce uncommon results.” – Unknown
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