You Gotta Put the Ball in the Basket

This entry is part 2 of 20 in the series Practice

The game is called basketball.  The objective is to put the ball in the basket.  So simply said, yet for most teams, they achieve this objective on less than 50% of their attempts.  Mix in the occasional turnover and it happens on less than 50% of possessions.  The concepts, ideas, and philosophies presented in this blog are only meant to generate opportunities for players to take shots.  It does not mean the shots will go in.

A couple recent examples.

Game 1:  18-68 from the field.  Lose by 3. The other team shoots 46 shots.  We miss 50.

Game 2:  23-80 from the field.  Lose by 11.  The other team shoots 55 shots.  We miss 57.

Some of these were open shots.  Some were contested.  Some were good shots and some were bad shots. Could we have had fewer turnovers? Sure.  Could we have played better defense?  Sure.

At some point, players have to put the ball in the basket. It doesn’t matter how well they can create scoring opportunities.

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