Players with a winning mentality:

  • Embrace the opportunity to fight through fatigue
  • Communicate relentlessly
  • Grab a ball and get to a hoop as soon as practice is over
  • Sprint back immediately when they make a bad play
  • Are always active when the ball is in the air
  • Bounce off block outs to get rebounds
  • Hate when they have a bad day of practice
  • Say “my bad” when they throw a pass their teammate should have caught
  • Get up off the floor quickly
  • Stay in great shape year round
  • Don’t mind being uncomfortable
  • Know the plays from more than one position
  • Take it personal when their man scores
  • Embrace criticism in film sessions
  • Lift people up with them
  • Attack practice
  • Hate losing, but learn from it

Players with a losing mentality:

  • Make sure everyone can see how hard they are trying
  • Endure practice
  • Show their fatigue so everyone knows they are tired
  • Rarely communicate on the court
  • Find a comfort zone in the sympathy they get when they fail
  • Cling to their man on when they should be in help side
  • Love being in the training room
  • Throw their hands up in the air when they turn the ball over
  • Think leaning on the back of a block out is crashing the boards
  • Don’t know all the plays
  • Shake their heads at officials
  • Find screens
  • Tie their shoes a lot when things get hard to rest
  • Get upset with a teammate when they throw a pass he had no chance to catch
  • Never seem to get in the gym on their own
  • Stay down for a long time every time they hit the floor
  • Look at their teammates for help when their man scores
  • Connect with other negative thoughts and bring people down with them
  • Can’t get out of the weight room quick enough
  • Barely make the sprint times
  • Struggle with anything that’s hard
  • Think practice is too long
  • Always do just enough

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