Don’t Be A Robot
Do you play for a demanding coach? Do you do exactly what your coach asks you to do when you are out on the court? If you’ve answered yes to both of these questions, chances are you pay attention to detail very well. This is an excellent trait to have as a player and as a person in general, although this trait does have a downside. When you are on the court it is very important to have what your coach wants in mind, but it is also just as important to improvise when you are playing. You must be able to read and react to the game as it happens around you. One of the worst explanations a coach wants to hear from their player after making a mistake is “well I was just doing what you told me to do.” Of course your coach wants you to do what he/she wants, but they also want you to make decisions on your own as well! Don’t be a robot by just focusing on doing what your coach wants you to do. Instead be a basketball player and integrate what your coach wants accomplished into the flow of the game! Think the game as you are playing it, react to different situations that occur, and you will be one step closer to becoming the player your coach wants you to be!