Saturday, May 21, 2016

Pro Quotes May 21st: Bill Russell the Leader

Thank you
"The most important measure of how good a game I played was how much better I'd made my teammates play."

                       - Bill Russell

That would be a quote from an elder statesmen of the game of basketball. Of course, this quote made me think about one of my developing sports philosophies. I recently took several years off from playing basketball. Of course, my body was not in the right state when I came back and the ability to lead a team offensively and defensively was lessened by the body. However, not the brain. To be able to grow confidence in the players around you is a subtle but mental aspect that can bring an intangible value to a player who can lead the team by intellect and experience.
In my philosophy, I feel that to create longevity the evolution of a player involves the transformation of the body and mind. Thank you for helping me Mr. Russell elaborate on one of your thoughts. I hope I did it justice in this short blog.
Valuable stuff from one of my heroes, Bill Russell.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The More the Better

The Bad Boys battle Jordan and the Bulls

"Any time Detroit scores more than a hundred points and holds the other team below a hundred, they almost always win." 
-Doug Collins
          I used to ask my players what are the keys to our winning a game. The players, omnipotently, used to shout out things like; defense, boxing out, creating turnovers etc...After they were done with shouting out answers, I would simply reply, "Score more points than the other team." I would usually ask that when they were getting too overwhelmed. It served to remind them it is a game and you still need to compete no matter what plays we run or what plays they run.
No easy layups
          The Pistons (+Detroit Pistons FanPage), Bad Boys, of the late '80s and '90s brought my friends and myself an extreme amount of entertainment with back-to-back championships, and in the manner+Detroit Pistons) used to commit hard fouls, get into brawls, and go on tremendous streaks of brilliance during a game. They used to celebrate but it was not extensive, and usually it was about the team. Someone can fact check to see if there are videos to combat this, but touchdown dances were not the way to make fans in Detroit. (+Chicago Bulls)  The rivalry with the Bulls pitted two teams out of a midwest culture that admired hard work, and toughness. In towns like Cleveland, Pittsburgh (+Pittsburgh Steelers FanPage)  , +Detroit Lions  , or even +Chicago Bears FanPage; the prima donna mentality does not go over well.
          Barry Sanders, a Hall of Fame running back for the Lions, scored touchdowns on a weekly basis during the season. He would break the plane of the goal line, look for the official, walk over to
the official, and then hand him the ball. That was his celebration. He exemplified the phrase, "Act like you've been there before."
Gettin' some cold cuts today
         Jim Courier (+Jim Courier), a grand slam tournament winning tennis player stated that he used to love when a player would walk off of a court and you couldn't tell if they won or they lost. Here is my dilemna, I used to like John McEnroe (+John McEnroe Tennis Academy) performing a tirade for the world to see. The Ickey Shuffle used to bring a smile to my face unless they were playing the Browns (+Cleveland Browns FanPage). So how can I decide which side to fall on? Will I waffle for the rest of my life on this scale that requires someone to weigh in from time to time? I'd like to bail out by saying however the mood strikes, in other words, I might be in the mood for Family Guy (+Family Guy) instead of  Masterpiece Theater on PBS (+Masterpiece Theater ).