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Old 05-03-2013, 03:17 PM   #13
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Default Re: Knowing your role on a team

Originally Posted by Rake2204
I think there's a difference between knowing your strengths while playing a real game versus knowing what you can never excel at. Personally, I'm always looking for things to add to my game. It's what keeps basketball fresh and unique. I think you'd be surprised what you're capable of developing and eventually adding to your game.

For instance, about ten years ago there was actually a time where Euro-stepping was not a part of my game. But of course, I thought it'd be a good addition so I figured out the steps, committed some time to it, worked, and slowly, I began experimenting with it in games. It was a little rough initially but as with everything, the more time and repetition I put in, the more natural the move began to occur, ultimately leading it to become a reliable part of my repertoire.

You mention your crossovers and hop steps not being explosive enough. I do not believe that means you're not meant to perform moves like that. It just sounds like they need some more practice. If you do not want to continue tinkering and working on them, then yes, I believe you may have to accept not being able to do them (not that there's anything wrong with that). But truthfully, if you experiment with them and work, there's a good chance you're going to find a way to make those moves useful for you at some point.

I think it's healthy and fun to continue looking to add things. I get stuck in a rut every now and again of only doing moves I've had in my arsenal for a while. Sometimes it just takes a little bit of extra thought to remind ourselves to continue moving forward and evolving. It's not magic, and it takes work, but oftentimes it's worth it.

Whilst I agree with Rake2204 on working on your weaknesses, I get what the OP is saying. Some guys can't pass the ball, as in they can't make good passes that will lead to a direct basket. They pass it too late, too early, too hard, try a fancy reverse pass, behind the back. This guy I know is great at dribbling and scoring, but just can't make passes on the fast break I know if he tries to pass it's generally a turnover.

Equally you have some guys that just can't make layups anymore, due to old age and busted knees, in this case they need to know their role, run to open spot and shoot the J.
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