Re: Skills Lacking in Today's Player

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Posted by Stop with the Mid Range on July 10, 2017 at 21:42:25:

In Reply to: Re: Skills Lacking in Today's Player posted by Coach on July 10, 2017 at 18:09:09:

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: : : : : I believe it is safe to say that today's player handles the ball better than players of years or decades past. Just my opinion.

: : : : : We also know kids are bigger and more athletic than ever before.

: : : : : That being said, what skill is not taught or is lacking in the players we see today?

: : : : : Appreciate all input and comments.

: : : : What is not being taught is the mental side of basketball.

: : : True. Alot of these kids spend countless hours dribbling through cones with trainers but their actual basketball IQ is very low.

: : : Also some skills such as shooting a mid range shot are completely ignored these days. I understand not shooting long 2s but these kids can't even make an open 12-15 foot shot in a game.

: : : Defensive fundamentals are also often ignored. I have been watching some high school summer games and very few kids bother much with playing defense. Kids can handle the ball and shoot 3s but put little effort on the other end.

: : : Many are also mentally weak. They get behind a little bit in a game and start hoisting 3s without running any plays.

: : I'd say the mental aspect is a problem. A lot of players don't like to be told they have weaknesses. They only want to hear positives. They don't really put in the work outside of their team's practices or their individual workouts.

: : Take a look at the NBA summer league. Think back to the 80s when it was at Loyola Marymount, or the 90s at UCI or the Long Beach Pyramid. The league went 3 weeks. It was a show each night to see which "REAL" NBA players were going to show up. There were free agent teams made up of NBA vets who just wanted to BALL. Now look- oh, it's not worth it, I'm sitting out- and those are ROOKIES!! At some point, don't you have to just LOVE playing ball? OK, some will say that "it's not worth getting hurt.." OK. They can get hurt in practice. Freak accidents occur- Lamar Odom destroyed his ankle in practice once because he stepped on a ball. It happens. It's like these guys expect to exist in a bubble and show up on opening night and just be able to hoop. It doesn't work like that.
: Constructive criticism. Players say they wanna be coached but many are marshmellow soft.

There is no value in the mid range shot. Years of analytics have proven this. Key or 3!

Decision making is not taught at all. When and why should I counter? Why and when should I utilize a finishing or dribble move? Reading second level defenders. Thinking the game.

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