Tuesday, January 14, 2014


We ran across the words of poet Everett Hall and thought what a wonderful mindset for players.  It doesn't matter what your role is with your team.  Maybe you are a starter that is expected to continually set screens for your shooters.  Maybe you are the first sub off the bench expected to come in and be lockdown defender.  Maybe you are someone who gets in the game only when the margin of victory or defeat merits it. 

Let's take it a step further.  Maybe you aren't even a player.  Maybe your are a manager.  Maybe you are the person that films the games or keeps the stats.

Whatever your role is with the team it is important and valuable -- even if you don't see it or realize it.

As Everett Hall wrote:

I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

If you are the starter counted on to screen -- be the best screener in your conference.  Execute your screening angles as well as any player before you.

If you are the lockdown defender coming off the bench -- be the best lockdown defender your program has ever had.  Come off the bench with intensity and determination to not allow your man to score.

If you rarely play except when the game is already decided -- be the most enthusiastic player on your bench.  Be the person that lights the fire under those that play.

If you are a manager, statistician or video person -- make sure no one does their job better than you.

"I will not refuse to do the something that I can do."