The Mental Game

Basketball is a team game. One of the challenges of coaching is trying to get 12 players (or however many you have on your roster) to assume the same values, have the same goals and to play as one. Well, if everyone knows it is a team game why is it so difficult to get all of your players on the same page? Why is it so hard to develop a team attitude?
Getting the most out of your training sessions is an objective of all serious basketball players who want to improve. The question is how do you do that?
The evolution of basketball marches on. The game is a living, breathing entity that, like a shark, must keep moving ahead or it will die. Those of us that have been watching for decades can readily see the changes. Those too young to remember the game in the 60s, 70s, 80s and even the 90s will see the changes from now forward.
I am a huge proponent of leaving your brain at the door when you step on the court. I believe that over-thinking produces the most deadly of all game killers, "Analysis Paralysis." Just by looking at the words (a good English project for players) "analysis paralysis" means what it says, you are unable to take action because you are examining your action so closely that it forces you to freeze.
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