Dean Smith Basketball Quotes on Becoming a Selfless Teammate
by Jefferson Mason, on Jan 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM
Dr. Dish Basketball has made the committment to help players reach their maximum potential with first class and innovative training equipment and also incredible training drills and workouts. Here at Dr. Dish we pride ourselves in making sure players and coaches understand what it takes mentally to become successful.
The late, great Dean Smith continually urged his players to become selfless in their actions on and off the court. Coach Smith wasn't looking for players that could score 40 points in a losing effort but players that could make their team better and that would sacrifice individual accolades for the team to win. Coach Smith had the opportunity to coach some amazing players and also was able to win two national championships in his career!
Take a look at two amazing basketball quotes below from the great Dean Smith.
"What to do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it" -Dean Smith
The hardest thing to do as a player is admit fault. It takles humility and character to admit that you were less than perfect. In the game of basketball there are so many mistakes and mishaps that will happen continuously. It's a player's responsibility to learn from those mistakes so they can reach their full potential and also help their team win. It's impossible to do any of these things when you have not admitted fault or acknowledged that you have made a mistake. Coaches and teammates are more inclined on and off the court to be more understanding when a player owns up right off the bat. It becomes extremely tough to get through a practice or a game when everyone is pointing the finger and thinking it's someones else's fault. It's nearly impossible to win that way and when this happens no one is having fun.
"One player's selfish attitude can poison a locker room and make it hard, if not impossible, to establish team work" -Dean Smith
One thing Coach Smith was known for was the ability to get his teams to play together the right way. When players are not satisfied with their role on the team, or they feel as if they are better then the team, everyone suffers. It almost spreads through the locker room like a cancer at times. If there is any hope for the season to be successful and fun, it must be addressed immediately. Once player's egos are put to the side, the sky is the limit. Coach Smith was able to relate to the kids and get them to buy into the team at all costs.
Dean Smith coached many great players but had the opportunity to coach the greatest basketball player of all time in Michael Jordan.
"Other than my parents, no one had a bigger influence on my life than Coach Smith. He was more than a coach - he was my mentor, my teacher, my second father. Coach was always there for me whenever I needed him and I loved him for it. In teaching me the game of basketball, he taught me about life..." -Michael Jordan.
Coach Smith was able to get the most out of Jordan, through tough love, teaching, and simply showing he actually cared about him. Making sure your team leaders and best players are on board will help make sure they other players follow suit. Thats when things are fun in the locker room and also on and off the court. Memories will be made and championships won if each player learns to by into the team concept and working together!
At Dr. Dish Basketball, we stand behind these basketball quotes from Dean Smith and will always continue to guide coaches and players in the right direction!
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