The madness is starting, again.
Dribble drives, lots of jumpers, screaming fans.
The energy will be all consuming
Game after game after game

The bets will be in
Some will cash big, others not so much.
The games will go on
And none of the athletes will get paid.

Hmmm…

“It seemed to exist only to maintain itself.” Joan Didion

Decisions are hard to make
Especially when feelings, egos, and basketball are concerned.
There’s enough alpha in these guys that they think,
Just maybe, they might become LeBron or Stephen,
So it hurts when they hear something different.

I learned coaching girls earlier this year
That there is something more to games than
Winning or losing and the sports are not coached,
People are.
That’s what makes a day like to today so difficult.

Hopefully, the guys not making the team
Understand the reasons why; we talked.
Hopefully, they will take on the next step of their journeys
With basketball in mind and resilience overriding
A temporary set back.

“The attitude with which we approach the situation can determine our success or failure.” Peyton Manning

Armed Forces Basketball Championship

Sideline pushing D
You gotta want to do it
Tryouts are coming

 

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“Remember to play after every storm.” Mattie Stepanek

When ADD meets OCD
Simmering insecurities are bound to flare up.
The last minute of figuring things out
Withers under the pressure of trying to nail things down.
Somewhere between the two is the middle
And getting there lets jumpers and jokes fly

Does common ground ever exist?
Will I ever know what it means to relax?
Is it possible to defeat an ego hyped by confrontations?

I don’t know, but I love the sweet sounds in a gym
Full of squeaking sneakers and swishing nets.
I’m sure the overly planned voices in my head
Value the random, screaming voices in yours.
I’m down with everything that goes on here
Because basketball is better than either of us.