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What Does LeBron Think of Jordan?

MJ and LebronOther than opening night and the playoffs there’s probably not a more exciting time for the NBA than Christmas time.

Of course, LeBron James and the Miami Heat were on television and his every move, both good and bad, was thoroughly analyzed.

In the October 2013 issue of ESPN Magazine LeBron talked briefly about Michael Jordan and whether or not he would have been just as successful in today’s social media world where every single flaw is seen and critiqued by everyone.

MJ wasn’t perfect. He had bad games. He had turnovers. He had games where he thought he should have been better. But the greatest thing about MJ was he that was never afraid to tell. And I think that’s why he succeeded so much – because he was never afraid of what anybody ever said about him.

Never afraid to miss the game winning shot, never afraid to turn the ball over. Never afraid. I think his drive and never being afraid to fail is what made him and he would be unbelievable still today because of that.

What about you?

Do you play because you love the game and love to compete or do you play for the recognition and the hope someone will mention you on Twitter or Instagram?

John Wooden once said that “Success is never final and failure is never fatal.”

It would help all of us to remember that!

 

Get Better by Saying No

Say No To Get BetterIt seems like every time I turn on the TV this time of year there is a great game being played by two famous programs. Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, Indiana, Michigan State – the list goes on and on – all run some great stuff on offense that is not only productive but fun to watch.

Sometimes as I sit there I can’t help but thinking to myself that we should run that same offense and put in those same quick hitters and out of bounds plays. If they work for those teams they will certainly work for mine, right?

Any one of those offenses, quick hitters and out of bounds plays are definitely worth “stealing” and adding to our own playbooks. However, where many of us get into trouble is when we try to add every new idea or play that we happen to come across.

Instead of doing one thing extremely well, our teams end up doing dozens of things haphazardly. As a result we lose games that we shouldn’t and often our immediate reaction is “It must be the offense – I better find a new one.” So we add something else and the cycle continues.

Apple founder Steve Jobs once said, “People think being focused on success means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred good ideas that are out there. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done.”

Just because there are a lot of good offenses out there on display every week doesn’t mean you have to adopt all of them. It doesn’t matter how much you like it or how thoroughly you understand it. What matters is can you effectively teach it so your players can run it better than what you are running now. If not, have the courage to say no and stay with what you and your players already know. You’ll be much better in the long run.

 

Lebron on Creating Team Camraderie

Team Camraderie“It’s not like before the season starts I map out a plan or a blueprint about “How do you create camaraderie?

How do you create brotherhood?” I think it’s just part of who I am. I’m an unselfish superstar, and I work my butt off. I think that’s what creates it.

I’m not saying “Let’s work hard, let’s do this, let’s sacrifice” and then on the other end I’m not doing it myself – not working hard at practice, not sacrificing. I’m doing those things that I’m preaching and that creates it.”

The above quote was taken from the recent NBA Preview issue of ESPN Magazine

 

6 Things I Learned from the Lakers vs. Clippers Game

Lessons LearnedHere are 6 things I learned from watching the Clippers – Lakers game on Tuesday night:

  1. Vinny del Negro was not the problem.
  2. Dwight Howard might have been.
  3. A team can win without its best player if everyone else pulls together.
  4. Championship banners might be worth a few extra points after all.
  5. Results are more important than expectations.
  6. A team of “role” players that plays together and with passion can beat a team with more talent that doesn’t.

 

What Would You Do With Jadeveon Clowney?

Handling ConflictIf you’ve watched Sportscenter at all in the past few days you’ve certainly heard about the so called Jadeveon Clowney “situation.”

On Saturday, right before kickoff, Clowney told South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier that he would not be playing in the game that day.

In the post game news conference Coach Spurrier seemed understandably frustrated and irritated and the media has been full of criticism, commentary, and speculation ever since.

In Tuesday’s press conference Spurrier explained his feelings a little more clearly and pledged his full support to Jadeveon Clowney regardless of what happens next.

Two questions immediately come to mind:

  1. If you are a coach what would you do to handle a situation like this one?
  2. If you are a player would you ever not play in a game that you were medically cleared to play in? And if you didn’t play what reactions would you expect from your coaches and teammates?

Following are some additional thoughts on coaching from Coach Spurrier as compiled by Pat Williams in “The Ultimate Coaches’ Career Manual”

  1. Support your players every chance you have
  2. Be concerned about injuries to all players
  3. Be willing to suspend or remove a star player if he is disruptive to the team
  4. After chewing out a player, say something positive to bring him back tomorrow
  5. If you think something is a problem then it’s a problem
  6. Stay in control; don’t lose your temper or your emotions

 

5 Reasons Players Don’t Achieve Their Dreams

Not Reaching Your Goal5. They listen to the people who feed their egos instead of the people that tell them the truth

4. They expect it to be easy and handed to them and aren’t willing to sacrifice and earn it. Lazy people fail!

3. They are so distracted that they can’t focus on what they have to do to succeed.

2. They don’t believe enough in themselves. They are insecure, stress, worry, doubt, and never truly believe

1. They just don’t get it! They don’t understand how much purposeful commitment and persistence that it takes

The above list was taken from a series of twitter feeds by Drew Hanlen of Pure Sweat Basketball

 

 

5 Reasons Players Don’t Achieve Their Dreams

Not Reaching Your Goal5. They listen to the people who feed their egos instead of the people that tell them the truth

4. They expect it to be easy and handed to them and aren’t willing to sacrifice and earn it. Lazy people fail!

3. They are so distracted that they can’t focus on what they have to do to succeed.

2. They don’t believe enough in themselves. They are insecure, stress, worry, doubt, and never truly believe

1. They just don’t get it! They don’t understand how much purposeful commitment and persistence that it takes

The above list was taken from a series of twitter feeds by Drew Hanlen of Pure Sweat Basketball

 

 

Top 20 Basketball Movies Of All Time. Really?

Recently Dime Magazine posted a list of their top 20 basketball movies of all time and I’m sure there are many who agree and many who disagree as well.

While it is a good list, it is certainly not a perfect one as at least a few of the movies mentioned really have nothing (or at least extremely little) to do with basketball.

They might be good movies but aren’t really good basketball movies. If “6th Man” and “Celtic Pride” can make the list then surely there is room somewhere for “Juwanna Mann” and maybe even “Slam Dunk Ernest” and “Eddie.”

I also find it hard to believe that “The Pistol” couldn’t make the list of top twenty. Few players threw dimes like Pistol Pete Maravich and the movie is a great story about his childhood start in basketball.

Nevertheless, here is the list and we would love to hear what you think about it.

  1. He Got Game  pistol2
  2. Blue Chips
  3. Above the Rim
  4. White Men Can’t Jump
  5. Finding Forrester
  6. Passing Glory
  7. Love & Basketball
  8. Rebound
  9. Hoosiers
  10. Coach Carter
  11. Space Jam
  12. Glory Road
  13. The Air Up There
  14. Sunset Park
  15. One on One
  16. Heaven Is A Playground
  17. Semi Pro
  18. Basketball Diaries
  19. Celtic Pride
  20. 6th Man

 

Make a Total Commitment to Your Training

Commit to the TaskAlong with your Total Commitment to your task, you will also need to make a Total Commitment to your training.

Committing to your training means putting your heart, mind, and soul into your preparation, practices, lifting, conditioning, etc.

It means preparing yourself with quality in every way possible to consistently be at your best.

A Total Commitment to your training means you consistently put out maximal effort in all of your workouts and refuse to give into fatigue, frustration, and or failure.

It also means striving to find every possible way to develop and improve by using strength training, conditioning, watching video, mental training, leadership training, speed training, etc.

Finally, it means taking care of yourself by watching what you eat and having a healthy diet, hydrating properly, getting enough rest and sleep, stretching and rehabbing to prevent and minimize injuries, avoiding or abstaining from using alcohol and drugs, etc.

“The successful person has the habit of doing things failures don’t like to do. They don’t like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose.” Albert E.N. Gray, Author of The Common Denominator of Success

On a 1 to 10 scale, how committed are you to your training?

The above was excerpted from Jeff Janssen’s new Commitment Continuum™ System

 

Mentally Tough Monday: Use Common Sense

Use  Common SenseThere are a lot of players (and coaches) who think being mentally tough is synonymous with acting emotionally. In other words, in order to be mentally tough you have to make tough and immediate responses.

That is not always true. In fact, more often than not, it is better to take a step back, use some common sense, and try to react as simply as possible.

For example, let’s say one of your opponents cheap shots you early in the first quarter. Many players feel that in order to be considered tough by their teammates they would need to immediately respond by getting in a cheap shot of their own. However, what good does that accomplish?

Suddenly your focus is on revenge instead of concentrating on the next play and you may get called for the foul. (It always seems that the officials see the second hit in a situation like this.)

Instead, use a little common sense. Realize why the cheap shot took place; most likely because your opponent wanted to intimidate you and take you out of your game. If you respond immediately and emotionally he wins the battle.

Be mentally tough and use a common sense approach any time you are faced with a struggle whether it’s in the gym or in the classroom or with your friends. It may not be as flashy as immediately over reacting but it will be much more productive.