“No man was ever endowed with a right without being at the same time saddled with a responsibility.”
“There is a field of critics, no doubt, but we don’t remember seeing statues of any of them in the Hall of Fame.”
“The ability one has, one ought to use; and whatever he does he should do with all his might.”
“There is always room at the top.” – Daniel Webster
The following video is from ATTACK Athletics in Chicago and Coach Joe Boyland. Please visit their YouTube Channel to see more.
Description from the ATTACK YouTube Channel:
“At ATTACK Athletics, our philosophy is even the best athletes can get better. Our clients use film of other players to help improve their own game. The running hook is a move we teach that is used by some of the NBA’s best big men, including Pau Gasol, Tim Duncan, and Amare Stoudemire.
Edit made by ATTACK Player Development Coach Norm de Silva.”
The following comes from a magazine article I was given years ago, but the source escapes me. However, it’s definitely worth sharing.
“I don’t like to lose. I never have, I never will. The thought is repugnant to me. Because defeat means only one thing – failure to meet your objective. The trouble in America today – in business, in government, and in organizations – is that too many people are afraid of the active life, competition, and hard work. The result is that in some circles, people have come to sneer at success if it means training, sacrifice, and hard work.” – Theodore Roosevelt
The difference between winning and losing, and being the best and being near-best, is practice. Practice and hard work. Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect. And that means work. Hard work.
When told he was a genius, Paderewski said: “Before I was a genius, I was a drudge.” Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Half effort does not produce half results – it produces no results. Work, hard work, continuous work, is the only way to accomplish great achievements. Don’t worry about genius. Don’t worry about being clever. Trust hard work.
It is important to dream. But it is sublime to dream and work. Faith is important. But faith fused with work is mightier. Desire is important. But work welded to desire is invincible.
Imagine life as a game in which you juggle in the air five balls named work, family, health, friends, and spirit. As you endeavor to keep them all in the air, you will soon realize that work is a rubber ball, and if you drop it, it will bounce back.
The other four balls, however, family, health, friends, and spirit are made of glass. Drop one of them, and the ball is irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered, never to be the same.
You must understand this fact, and strive for balance in your life.
Credit: Michigan State Men’s Basketball
100% – I Did
90% – I Will
80% – I Can
70% – I Think I Can
60% – I Might
50% – I Think I Might
40% – What Is It?
30% – I Wish I Could
20% – I Don’t Know How
10% – I Can’t
0% – I Won’t
Most great shooters are gifted with a touch. But good coaching and good long practice sessions can and will improve any player who wants to make himself a better shooter. You can become a good shooter, even a great one, whether you have the “gift” or not. But it will take many hours, days, weeks, and even years of practice. Good shooting is a mtter of touch. The hands are very important. Proper grip of the ball should place it on your fingertips and not on the palm of your shooting hand. The wrist is hyperextended (bent back) to form a resting place for the ball. The other hand is called the guide hand. It should be placed lightly on the side of the ball and used only to keep the ball in your shooting hand. The elbow is in a straight line with your body. This makes the ball travel in a straight line to the basket. With a flick of the wrist and the extension of the elbow, the ball is released on the fingertips and shot toward the basket. Concentrate on the basket. You must aim for the same spot each time you shoot the ball. Good arch should be put on the shot to give it a proper path to the basket. Shooting at the basket is just like shooting a gun at a target. If you are short you raise your sights, the same in basketball. If you are short, raise your target and adjust the release of the ball. Practice, Practice, Practice!!!
Credit: Steve Pappas – Deerfield H.S. (IL)