Are You a Leader?
A good leader takes a little more of the blame and a little less of the credit.
Read about Stanford's Jamila Wideman and her high school team from Amherst, MA. They
were a talented team with a near-perfect record but a reputation for choking in the
crunch of the state playoffs. Finally, after five straight years of disappointments,
the Amherst Lady Hurricanes found they just might have what it took to go all the way.
This is a fierce, funny, and intimate look into their minds and hearts during one very
special season. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction.
Click the book to the right to visit Amazon.com, the internet's largest bookstore,
where you can purchase "In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle".
Lady Vol Basketball
The "Definite Dozen"
To Stay at Tennessee, you have to be:
To Perform at Tennessee, you have to:
To Be Successful at Tennesee you have to:
- Work Hard
- Play Smart
- Put the Team Before Yourself
- Have a Winning Attitude
We require each member of our Lady Vol basketball team to know our "Definite
Dozen" and commit to honoring each one. If you will use this "Definite Dozen"
as a guideling for everyday living, you will not only become a better basketball
player, but a better person.
- Be Coachable
- Accept Your Role
- Handle Success and Failure
- Be a Competitor
Pat Summitt has been called a living legend. As head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols,
Summitt has taken her NCAA Division 1 women's basketball team to back-to-back national championships
in 1996 and 1997, and five titles in a 10-year span. In Reach for the Summit, with the help of former
Sports Illustrated writer Sally Jenkins, she draws from 24 years as a successful head coach to provide
motivational advice for anyone who wants to succeed in sports, business, and life in general.
Click the book to the right to visit Amazon.com, the internet's largest bookstore, where you
can purchase "Reach for the Summit".
It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't, everyone could do it. It's
the hard that makes it great.
from A League of Their Own
My Top 10 Ways to Tell if You Love Basketball
I am a high school basketball player. Winter is my favorite time of the year because
it is basketball season. I want to share with your readers my thoughts on
basketball.--T. Lynn, Pennsylvania
- 10. After you practice and your muscles are tired, you feel happy because you
know you are getting better.
- 9. All you want for your birthday are the new AirSwoopes shoes.
- 8. Your friends think the basketball is an extension of your hand since you
always seem to have it around.
- 7. You don't mind studying since you know no college will take you if you are
not a success in the classroom.
- 6. You give up a night to go out with friends and instead stay home to practice.
- 5. You eat right and try to stay healthy.
- 4. You practice in all kinds of weather, even in the hot summer sun or cold winter
days (Mom is not too crazy about all your gloves being fingerless).
- 3. You love to talk about basketball.
- 2. Your wardrobe looks like you own stock in Reebok.
- 1. You love to play basketball.
As you look over my list, you may think that maybe you are not as committed as I am. Well,
remember, that this is just my opinion. For some, "Basketball is Life". For others it is
just something to do in your free time. The true beauty of basketball is that it has different
meanings to different people who feel it is fun to do in your spare time. That's fine, that is
what rec and intramural leagues are for. But maybe you are one of those people who dream
about playing in college. You work on your moves and dream about the seasons to come.
Your friends think you are crazy, because while they are dreaming about who they are
going to marry, you dream of trying to be the next Rebecca Lobo. You then come back to
earth and think that this probably will never happen, but you have to remember anything is
possible if you put your mind to it. If you want to be the next Lobo or Swoopes and you
love the game, stay committed. You never can tell where it will take you. You must be
willing to work and sacrifice and if you are, you have the "love".
from Court Awareness, a newsletter devoted to women's basketball
What Kind of Athlete . . .
Imagine for a moment that you had a little brother or sister, or a
son or daughter, or a friend or just a character in a book . . . in a sports
story. What kind of athlete would you want to read about? What kind
of story? The perfect athlete? Highest jumper, fastest runner, best
shooter, never misses, never tired? All easy wins. No pressure. No
problems. No challenges. Just victory after overwhelming victory?
I'd like that for my little brother or sister or friends. But it wouldn't
be much of a story. It doesn't sound like anything but a fantasy. In the
real sports world, even legends like Magic and Michael and Bird were
known to miss shots in every game; they even got turnovers and back
spasms, sprained ankles and torn ligaments. They all lost their share
of games. The real sports world is filled with obstacles, problems,
Everything boils down to how an athlete learns to respond to
those things. How resilient is your enthusiasm, how consistent your
hustle, how focused your attention? Temperatures too hot/ too cold;
ball too much air/ not enough; court too bright/ too dark; floor too
slippery/ too much traction; refs cheat, coaches upset, score wrong.
There's always something.
But I would want my little brother or sister or friend or character
to just be prepared mentally for everything, to be the same competitor
under all conditions, to meet all challenges with a kind of joyous
determination and a hint of a shrug that would seem to say "I expected
this (whatever it is) but watch me anyway!"
I'd like to think that MY brother or MY sister or MY friend or MY
character would look upon every obstacle as a chance to show off the
response of a champion. I would love to watch my little brother turn
an obstacle into something I could watch and be proud of. That's MY
kind of athlete. What kind of athlete . . .
A message from Dick DeVenzio
and The Point Guard Basketball College
5222 Farm Pond Lane
Charlotte NC 28212
After playing for his father in high school, where their undefeated
Ambridge team has been called the best in Pennsylvania history, Dick DeVenzio,
author of "Stuff: Good Players Should Know", was a three year starting point guard at
Duke University, where he was an Academic All-American. Since then, Dick has
played and coached professionally, has written numerous articles on college basketball,
has run several basketball camps including the Point Guard Basketball College, and is
the author of several other books. Read what has been said about "Stuff":
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where you can purchase "Stuff: Good Players Should Know".
- There are only so many things a coach can teach a player. Instinct is not one of them.
This book teaches it -- in black and white.
- This book is a very good book for the serious player. It doesn't concentrate on fundamentals
but on the more important and advanced aspects of the game.
- This book will help you improve your game tremendously, especialy in the mental area. I
consider this to be my basketball bible.
"If you are under 18 years old, you have only lived about one fourth of
your life. That means you have the remaining three fourths of your life to
accomplish anything you want. Don't blow it. Don't do drugs. If you are
doing them, stop it. Get some help. If you haven't experimented with
drugs, don't start. Give yourself a chance to succeed and be all the
wonderful things you can be."
Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
The difference between Champ and Chump is U.
Carl Joseph was the captain of his high school football team. He could dunk a
basketball, was a power hitter in baseball, high jumped 5 feet 10 inches and also threw
the shot and discus. Joseph was quite an all-around athlete . . . especially when you
consider that he had only one leg.
"A lot of people go through life wishing they could change this or change that.
God gave me one leg, and I'm just happy and thankful to be healthy and to
have done as much as I have."
The epitome of the All-American boy, Carl Joseph accepted the gift of life as it was
offered to him with all its limitations. He lives that life to the fullest. He is the perfect
example for all athletes to follow. He never worried that he couldn't do certain things.
It was mind over matter; he just went out and did the things he wanted to do.
For his achievements, Carl Joseph received numerous awards, his most cherished
being the Philadelphia Sports Writers 1982 Most Courageous Athlete Award.
"I just wanted a chance to compete and I didn't want anybody feeling sorry for me,
'cause I sure wasn't feeling sorry for myself," Joseph said. "Ever since I was a kid,
I could do anything I wanted to. One leg or two, it didn't make any difference to me.
It's all in the mind. My mind always told me I could do things, so I just went out
and did them. I never thought much about it. You keep trying and you always get there."
Little Eyes Upon You
There are little eyes upon you
and they're watching night and day.
There are little ears that quickly
take in every word you say.
There are little hands all eager
to do anything you do;
And a little child who's dreaming
to one day be just like you.
You're the little child's idol,
the wisest of the wise.
In the child's mind about you
no suspicions ever rise.
Believing in you devoutly,
holding all you say and do;
The child will say and do, in your way,
after growing up like you.
There's a wide-eyed little child
who believes you're always right;
With eyes that are always open,
watching day and night.
You are setting an example
everyday in all you do,
For the little child who's waiting
to grow up to be like you.
The following article appeared in the
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle during the
1993-94 basketball season.
Duke NCAA Champion?
Durham, N.C.--Here's the bad news for the rest of the NCAA Tournament field. There
are no pictures anymore on Duke's locker room wall.
This is significant, because there used to be. Until the night before this week's Florida
State game, when a thoroughly aggravated Mike Krzyzewski answered his Blue Devils'
lethargic practice by stripping them of their artwork.
Down came the player photos.
Down came the snapshots of past great moments that had been there for years
Down came any reminder of Duke's recent glory.
Left alone on the bulletin board was a simple card with a stern message: "There are no
shortcuts to any place worth going."
The redecoration may be worth remembering as a turning point. The next night, the Blue
Devils crushed No. 6 Florida State, 98-75, in their most devastating display of
basketball all season.
They have had injuries (Grant Hill's absence with a bad toe). They have left their fans
aghast by losing two in a row.
But March is here, and they are starting to look ready. Again.
"This was the first time we've put 40 minutes together," Bobby Hurley said of the Florida
State game, which featured 16 of his assists. "It felt like last year."
"I think a lot of us had been getting satisfied," forward Antonio Lang added. And the bare
walls? "It's the idea of starting with nothing, and building something."
"Sometimes," Krzyzewski said, "you have to play hungry."
It has been no walk in the park for Duke, trying to live up to the past. Krzyzewski sometimes
has been annoyed with the demands of the outside world, and how "the only way we can
be successful is to be perfect. What a sad state of affairs if that takes place."
He said that weeks ago. Since then, the Blue Devils have been looking for answers. They
may have found them in time to make a run at a third straight NCAA title and boldly go
where no team--save UCLA--has gone before.
"I don't think we're there yet," Thomas Hill said, meaning Duke's full tournament steam.
"But we're headed in that direction."
This team has had to find its own identity. One step has been to handle the burden of
"It's tougher this year than it has been," Grant Hill said. "But I want to be on top. I want
to be the team everyone is shooting at. That's what Duke has meant.
"We're 21-5," Krzyzewski said. "We've handled it pretty well. But we're handling it
better now. Achievement gives you confidence. Recognition of achievement gives you
added confidence. These kids have achieved, but they haven't always been recognized
for that achievement."
Added Krzyzewski, "Last year's team started the season knowing everybody, having
confidence in each other. This year, there was a gap between those three (Hurley and
the Hills) and the rest of the team. We keep talking about closing the gap.
It's closer now than it's ever been. But it takes time. It takes a tough schedule.
And losing helps, too."
Closed gap or not, those three veterans of so many Final Four wars must carry the
fight against a tournament field seeking revenge.
"No one else has three players who have been there like they have," Kansas coach
Roy Williams said. "That means a lot."
So, apparently, do bare walls.
--Mike Lopresti, Gannett News Service
The Blue Devils went on to the NCAA title game where they lost to Arkansas.
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