Hello Everyone!!!

Every-once-in-while a team out of no where beats a much more talented team. How does this happen?

Here’s an Interesting Story you may remember from last year:

After the Oklahoma City Thunder suffered a surprising loss to Real Madrid and narrow victory over FC Barcelona during exhibition play, even Russell Westbrook is convinced that NBA style offenses aren’t nearly as difficult to defend.

The Thunder allowed 142 points in their preseason opener against Real Madrid and narrowly escaped with a 92-89 win over Barcelona. Thunder coach Billy Donovan believes his team was better prepared in the second game for the off-ball movement European teams use.

Here’s a quote that may surprise you from RUSSELL WESTBROOK…

"I think one thing people don't realize is guarding teams in Europe. Their offenses are 10 times better than NBA offense just because they move around a lot. A lot of movement and not as much talent; so they have to do different things to be able to score the basketball."

Westbrook is right.  While there is certainly a level of talent in European basketball, (we see European players throughout the NBA) the overall talent level in the US is second to none.

That being said…

Why wouldn’t you stick with what works when it comes to coaching your players?

We know American teams traditionally dominate International Tournaments like the Olympic Games. Right?   

So, why would you NOT simply mimic these stars found right here in our back yard?
There’s a MAJOR difference between the NBA stars and the athletes we work with day in and day out…isn’t there? Raw, crazy, freakish athleticism…

Of course, if your team is loaded with some of the greatest athletes ever to play the game…you can simply play without fundamentals and skills and just use your athleticism!  

Unfortunately, great talent can mask poor execution. Mistakes made by extremely gifted players can be covered up by speed and athleticism.

The great equalizer is execution.  Execution gleaned from teams FORCED to do things differently.  Things like passing more, moving more, and making perimeter shots!  We are not as athletic as other teams and players therefor we can't just get to the rim whenever we want, we must execute and attack in different ways, more off the pass, the screen and player and ball movement!!!

For decades, European teams have been studying how to gain an edge on their faster and more athletic opponents. We here at Connecticut Elite must think the same way!  So, if you get a chance to watch European teams or teams from lesser talented conferences like the IVY leagues and Patriot leagues, do so.  STUDY THE GAME THAT BEST SUITS YOUR SKILL SETS!  WATCH PLAYERS THAT RESEMBLE YOUR STYLE!!

REMEMBER:  Failing doesn’t make you a failure. Failing makes you a competitor. Every competitor fails. If you lay it on the line, you will come up short at times. Failure is a part of competing, and embracing that fact is an important component of toughness. Tough people fail, but tough people are not failures. The only failures are those who give up, or give in!!!!