- Every player can be part junkyard dog.
- Be your team’s best practice player; it will pay dividends.
- Don’t specialize yourself so much that you become a situational player only.
- Be a student of the game; sometimes only one tip can “turn on the lights”.
- Don’t be satisfied; stay humble and hungry.
- Great skill- playing hard. Possible for everyone.
- Have a short memory: forget the last play.
- Playing time needs to be earned; it’s not a right.
- Pouting about one’s playing time usually guarantees more time on the bench.
- Missed steals and missed blocks are really bad plays.
- Every defender can be good off the ball.
- Make the man with with the ball so uncomfortable, he has to put it on the floor and then so uncomfortable he has to pick up his dribble.
- Don’t miss perimeter shots left or right; the great shooters are long or short but always on line.
- You must master dribbling and finishing with both hands.
- Attack under control. Hard to do but the real secret.
- Practice “seeing the floor”.
- Don’t be the player who messes up your team spacing.
- Don’t let the ball stagnate at you.
- Most plays are routine. The highlight plays are exceptions.
- Create a play; finish a play. Be very good at one and good at the other.
- You can add value to every possession even when you don’t score or get the assist.
- Be efficient; good assist/turnover ratio and good 2pt and 3pt FG %’s.
One of the challenges of teaching and coaching is knowing that many student/athletes are willing to accept less than their best effort both on and off the court. Best effort 99.9% of the time seems to be a reasonable expectation for many. However, here's what that translates to in real life.
From the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU:
"When it comes to quality, 99.9% just isn't good enough." Is 99.9% a reasonable goal? What does it mean?
If all things in life were done right 99.9% of the time, this is what we would have to accept:
• 1 hour of unsafe drinking water every month.
• 2 unsafe plane landings per day at O'Hare Airport in Chicago.
• 16,000 pieces of mail lost by the U.S. Post Office every hour.
• 20,000 incorrect prescriptions every year.
• 500 incorrect operations each week.
• 50 babies dropped at birth every day.
• 22,000 checks deducted from the wrong bank account each hour.
• 32,000 missed heartbeats per person each year.
Suddenly the quest for "zero defects"makes a lot of sense!
We seek perfection knowing that we will never achieve it. Never be satisfied with "good enough."
Dave Edinger has been coaching basketball for 35 years at the high school, middle school. and international levels. As a head coach, his teams have won 548 games.