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20 Ways To Be A GREAT Basketball Player

A Resource For Student Athletes

Included here are 20 ways to be a GREAT basketball player. In some ways they may seem too simple or obvious to even mention, but from a coach's point of view, if a player ever came along who displayed all 20 of these traits, the coach might fall over in shock!


It's true that natural talent is a big factor in basket- ball success, but not everyone is so gifted that all they have to do is "show up" and mindlessly score forty... in fact, those who score forty are usually those who understand and practice the 20 ways described here.


Good luck and enjoy!

Coach A

#1. Always Give 100% Effort


Great talent doesn't matter if a player is not motivated to use it. Always give 100% effort, whether it's practice, a game, or just listening to your coach during time outs.


Never step on the court unless you're ready and willing to give 100%! Great players give 200%!

Don't wait for someone else to have to "motivate you." Learn to be self-motivated. It doesn't matter if you're winning by 30 or losing by 30 -- your job as a basketball player is to give your very best every single second you're on the court.


"WHERE DO YOU FIND MOTIVATION? YOU FIND IT WITHIN YOURSELF." Michael Jordan


#2. Have A Positive Attitude


Players who choose to sulk, pout, throw tantrums, scream at the referees, "talk trash," etc., obviously aren't playing basketball. A positive attitude can take you far in the game, while a negative attitude will hold you and your team back.


"WE ARE NOT GOING TO PLAY THEM; THEY ARE GOING TO PLAY US." Hank Iba

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