Tag: HUSL Basketball

Embrace Your Role

Last weekend I had a few guys on the bench, I asked them at the 6 minute mark, ” If I put you in at the 4 minute mark, can you play defense for me for the last 4 minutes? They said, “YES!” I put them in and we came back to win by 4. Honestly, it not who starts the game but who finishes it when the game is on the line. Arthur and Dylan came up big down the stretch. #embraceyourrole Peep game at 1:18. Steph is preaching accepting your role, everyone will shine, they will talk about your team.

Stephen Curry and surprise guest Kevin Durant give the Oakland’s McClymonds High School basketball team the chance to meet two of their idols. On their way to a post-game meal, Stephen hears from the student-athletes about their experience growing up in Oakland and shares his thoughts on basketball and life.

Coach’s Re-review of Game 7

We were losing by 3 points with 5 minutes in the game. I changed our Zone defense to Man-to-Man. It got us couple of steals and the lead. With 3 minutes left they scored another basket to take the lead back. My mistake was leaving you all in Man-to-Man defense. After getting the lead, I should have called a timeout and sent you back out in Zone defense. Due to that mistake, an off shooting game plus fatigue we missed the last 4 free throws. The point of this post is to show that everyone makes mistakes, even coaches; it’s not about how we fail but how we learn and rise from our mistakes.

You guys gave all you had, even though it was our worst shooting game of the year. Be proud and learn from the lost. Go HUSL Go! Let’s get this tournament this weekend.

Coach’s Review of Summer Game 7

The Free ~ Throw Away Game

This game was lost at the line. We missed 22 free throws. It happens. Learn form it. The team did so many good things which is over shadowed by the failures at the line. It was a group effort. Although collectively we were -2 in the steal/turnover ratio, we were out rebounded. We were not denying, not blocking out, not closing out on all defensive possessions. The positive is that we did sometimes, which means we know how to do it. We need to be more consistent.

At times we were playing hero ball and not team ball. That is something I will correct. Shooting 19% from the field and 12% from the line will never win a game. Shooting free throws can be done by yourself. We did not deserve to win this game even though we almost won the game.

On a positive note, when we did hustle, we did well. We didn’t have too many problems breaking their press. We do play as a team but yesterday there were lapses of hero ball. Even though we lost, we know we were 1 basket from winning while playing our worst game of the season. I can come up with different reasons why we didn’t win but nothing is more telling than all the shots missed at the free throw line. Chalk it up as a lesson learned and lets move on.

S, Coach Jesse

PS. Practice your free throws. Last 10 minutes of every practice will consist of the free throw drill.