Friday, February 13, 2009

Tough Teams Talk

Talking to teammates - helping each other verbally - is one of the most obvious differences between good, tough players and soft, mediocre ones. Just getting in the habit of calling out your man and the ball each time on defense; and getting your teammates to do the same will end up saving baskets over the course of a game and season. Talking your teammates through screens, telling them when you are in good help-position ready to take a charge, motioning for them to clear out or cut through the lane, alerting them to cutters or players trying to sneak behind your defense – all of these and many more situations happen often in games. If you are not now in the habit of constantly talking during the action of the game, you may be surprised at how often your mere words can help your teammates make a play.

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