Just finished up crushing my leg day after 10 hours on the road.
Anyway, I had this thought as I passed by the basketball court.
Yesterday during the Cavs loss to the Warriors, commentator Jeff Van Gundy said something that I found crazy.
He said that Steph Curry was bad for the game of basketball.
That dude can ball. And he’s a good dude off the court.
JVG has lost his damn mind.
Then he explained.
“I go into gyms all over this country and all the kids now just shoot 3s. Even in transition at the expense of sound basketball principles. Because Steph make it look so easy the kids are making the game ugly..”
Then it hit me.
Watching a pick up game here at the gym.
No Defense. No ball movement.
Just lounging at the 3 point line waiting for the other dude’s isolation play to collapse.
No screen to help out.
No communication (until dude misses and then you hear how other dude was open the whole time).
Yeah, you were open? No shit! Y’all play like ass..
Then I saw the correlation to real life.
Isolation plays. Copying someone else without the foundation to support the moves.
Then things collapse and you hear it from the dude not doing nothing that you messed up.
My point is that without a foundational understanding and commitment to the little details on a day to day basis you will never reach what you’re reaching for.
You may have flashes of brilliance but it will be short lived.
As you can tell, this post isn’t about Steph Curry. And no damn way is he bad for the game. He’s a lifetime type player and brings people to the game.
He just exposes a human condition to want something without working on the little things to get there.
So.. Stop it.
Move with out the ball.
Put in the work. And make sure you squad is doing the same..