Understand the Dynamics of the Game

Rondo? Anyone remember him?

Many people rarely think of Rondo as one of the greats. Many people don’t realize that perhaps there will never be another Rondo in the league.

The game is changing. It is evolving. Do you understand this? Do you watch high school players that are good? Do you study the college game? Do you watch the good NBA teams besides the ESPN highlight tape?

The game is changing and so my question for you is — are you adapting as well?

This notion of the good old days or listening to age old advice about how things used to be is a problem all over. We see this in business, education, and sports.

At what point do you as a player and your teammates as a team and your coach as a leader stop doing the same things over and over that simply don’t work anymore?

I was reading a piece about Rondo and in the article it stated,

“Three-point shooting is simply too important. A perimeter player who can’t space the floor is a liability. Driving lanes wither and die; pick-and-rolls become easier to smother. The only worse time to be a guard without a jumper is next year.

When you look at today’s great point guards you notice two things: There are a lot of them (with more on the way) and many can shoot the ball until flames burst from their fingertips. And if they’re not great shooters, they have other ways to create efficient offense. James Harden is shooting a relatively average 35 percent from deep this season, but he generates 11 foul shots a game and shoots 85 percent from the stripe. Russell Westbrook’s shooting touch falls off outside of midrange, but his nuclear jets and eagerness to create contact make him among the most destructive players in the league. Giannis Antetokounmpo can’t really shoot at all, but who cares when you can get to the rim from half court in three steps?”

I am not suggesting that you must shoot the 3 ball in order to survive, but what I am suggesting is what are you working on to fit the new style of play? What is happening in your high school that is missing that you can develop to fill that void?

Have you reached out to the coaches at the next level and asked them what they need? What are they looking for? What type of player can you be that fits the team dynamics?

Great players are not born great. They have an inner drive. They are motivated from within. They work harder than others. They step up and lead. They spark the team to rise up.

One of my favorite pieces I read this past week was about Ray Allen. The article on Ray Allen said the following:

Ray Allen calls it “an insult” when his shooting is labeled a God-given talent. “God could care less whether I can shoot a jump shot,” Allen told The Boston Globe in 2008. Shooters aren’t born; they’re made through relentless work. But the best shooters also have core mechanisms — physically and mentally — that lead to success.

The article is long, but well worth your time. In essence, it is not the huge changes you try to make that will take you to the next level. It is the small subtle changes.

What is one small change to your game that you can study, analyze, and really narrow down a specific mindset focus to improve? How will you study? How will you analyze? How will you chart the success?

Nobody is born great. But nobody can stop you from being great except you.