Month: November 2017

Lessons Learned

Everyone loves a winner. Not everyone loves the process. Hours upon hours of practice and dedication is endured to get those wins. Once you learn how to win it doesn’t stop, you have to work to keep winning. Congrats to the team for their recent success. It wasn’t easy and there is no time for a break, we need to keep grinding. The long term goal is to make our High School team. For those who did not or will not make their middle school team. Chalk it up as another lesson, learn from it and grow. Be determined to make it next year and every year after this one until high school.

“In 1978, Michael Jordan was just another kid in the gym, along with 50 or so of his classmates, trying out for the Emsley A. Laney High School varsity basketball team. There were 15 roster spots. Jordan—then a 15-year-old sophomore who was only 5’10” and could not yet dunk a basketball—did not get one. His close friend, 6’7” sophomore Leroy Smith, did. The team was in need of his length. “It was embarrassing not making the team,” Jordan later said. He went home, locked himself in his room and cried. Then he picked himself up and turned the cut into motivation. “Whenever I was working out and got tired and figured I ought to stop, I’d close my eyes and see that list in the locker room without my name on it,” Jordan would explain. “That usually got me going again.” ~ Newsweek

Michael Jordan was cut from his high school team and used the situation to become the greatest basketball player in the world. He is not alone being unrecognized early in his basketball career, here are some current NBA players not highly ranked in their last year in high school: Russell Westbrook 151, Stephen Curry 281, Jimmy Butler 127, Paul George 292, and Damian Lillard 308. The point of all this is continue to develop your game and add skills to your tool bag. Only you know where the ball stops bouncing.

Notable Numbers this past weekend: Ashawn 16 and 11 rebounds, Josiah 19 and 11 points and Dontez 10 points.