Your House - by Alan Stein
A basketball player's athleticism is the foundation of their entire game. The broader and sturdier the foundation, the higher the potential peak. Picture a pyramid - the wider the base, the taller the pyramid. That is why the best players in the world are in the best shape.
An improvement in athleticism (strength, power, quickness, balance, agility, reaction etc.) will allow any player to perform their basketball skills (shooting, ball handling, passing, rebounding, defending etc.) at a much higher level, with more efficiency and for longer before the onset of fatigue sets in. This is why the best players are in the best shape!!
Most basketball players don't have a traditional off-season due to a variety of reasons. Regardless of the reason though, these are the times when players need to be conscious of making improvements in their athleticism. it is a time when strength and conditioning workouts should be of high priority. A couple of brief workouts per week are better than nothing. As long as the workouts are purposeful and progressive, improvements will be made; and little improvements will add up big over time.
I encourage players to look at their game as a house. First, they must pour in a strong foundation. If this integral step is neglected, then their house will not last. If a player doesn't care for their body, they won't be able to play without injury taking its toll. Once they have laid the foundation down, they can now begin building their house.
How do you build a house?
Brick by Brick.
You lay down every brick with precision. You lay down every brick with care. Every brick is important.
These "bricks" are the fundamental skills of the game - shooting, ball handling, passing, rebounding and defending. Every brick matters, every workout is a brick. Every practice is a brick. Every shot is a brick. Every pass is a brick. You must be meticulous with every brick if you want a remarkable house!
Once you've laid down the foundation (athleticism) and built the walls (skills) brick by brick, it's time to add the roof. After all, what good is a house with no roof?
The "roof" is an accumulation of four traits: Basketball IQ, the ability to be coached, being a great teammate and tru mental toughness.
This completes the house.
It doesn't matter if you have a solid foundation and four sturdy walls if you have a leaky roof. By the same token, it doesn't matter if you have elite athleticism and sound skills if you don't know how to play the game, if you aren't coachable, if you don't care about your teammates or aren't mentally tough.
Take the concept of making your house a high priority this off-season because the house you build now is the house you will have to live in once the season starts.
About the Author: Alan Stein is the owner of Stronger Team and the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Nationally renowned Nike Elite DeMatha catholic High School boys basketball program. he spent 7 years serving a similar position with Montrose Christian basketball program. Alan Brings a wealth of valuable experience to his training arsenal after years of extensive work with Elite High School, College and NBA players.
VALUE OF TIME
Imagine there is a bank that credits your account every morning with €86'400. It carries over no balance from day to day, and every evening, it deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use that day. What would you do? Draw out every cent? Of course you would.
Each one of us has such a bank; it's name is TIME.
Every morning, it credits you with 86'400 seconds and every night, it writes off as lost whatever of this you have failed to invest wisely. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you, if you failed to use the days deposit, it's your loss. There is no going back, there is no drawing against the "tomorrow". You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it in every opportunity. The clock is running. Make the most of TODAY!
To realise the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realise the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a pre-mature child.
To realise the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realise the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realise the value of ONE MINUTE, ask the person who just missed the train.
To realise the value of ONE SECOND, ask someone who narrowly avoided an accident.
To realise the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal at the Olympics.