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.

How Small Guards Use Height to their Advantage!

Let’s face it: as a smaller guard, basketball becomes much more difficult. But that doesn’t have to be the end of the story. Guards like Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Keene, Tyler Ulis, Chris Paul, and legends like Muggsy Bogues, Calvin Murphy, and Nate Robinson have proved that a shorter stature can be used just as well as the average NBA frame. Check out how above. The next installment will include finishing and facilitating! -By Any Means Basketball

Few words from Klay Thompson

Watch professional basketball player Klay Thompson coach young athletes on and off the court, sharing his tips including taking care of one’s body with strong recovery after a tough workout, working hard and having fun. via~ Built with Chocolate Milk

Fall 2017 Game 4&5

babydaddy_michael_jordan-edit-2The lessons are mounting up, but not too concerned right now. Keep your head up team, the real goal is to make your high school team. Get better every practice and every game. Learn from the lessons and increase your game IQ. The main thing is to learn from your mistakes. You cannot keep making them and think you’re making progress. As a team, we are getting better. A couple of keys to keep in mind; practice at game speed, learn from mistakes, don’t quit and work on free throws. It is far better to lose and learn than to quit. Quitting is habit-forming and contagious. I know it’s tough, keep fighting, provide the effort, the win is coming. These lessons will make the 1st victory so special.

Key player’s efforts that produced numbers:
Game 4: Josiah 8 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals
Game 4: Deangleo 8 rebounds and 1 block

Game 5: Erias 12 rebounds
Game 5: Mariah 7 points and 3 steals
Game 5: Josiah 9 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists


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.


Dtermined Summer Sensational 2nd Place

Surprised? We surprised a few people up in Corona. Even though we were short handed on Sunday, the boys played hard and showed their mettle. Hard work pays off. The more we work, the stronger we get. 2nd place finish at the Dtermined Summer Sensational Tournament. Great job guys! Way to HUSL! As we continue to get better, more recognition will come the boys way. Continue to cheer for your son and the rest of the team. Thank you!

2nd at Dtermined 07/10/16