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In a late December game against the Houston Rockets, the San Antonio Spurs managed to claw back from a deficit to pull within one point with less than 25 seconds remaining.  Both Kawhi Leonard and then Manu Ginobili found themselves swarmed by Houston defenders as they tried to drive.  The chance of an easy basket seemed slim until Ginobili spotted Patty Mills standing quietly – and wide open – beyond the three point line.  Mills took the pass and calmly sunk the three with 12.9 seconds left.  It was 102-100 in favor of San Antonio, and just like that, the Rockets 10 game winning streak was snapped.

A Quiet but Inexorable Rise

His rise into the ranks of the NBA’s top players has been slow, steady, and largely unnoticed.  He was picked at number 55 overall in the 2009 NBA draft, playing on average less than 4 minutes per game during his first season. Fast forward a few years, and Mills has been steadily producing extraordinary numbers which rank him not only among the best in the league, but among the best ever.  Through the start of the season, filling in for injured point guard and Spurs comprar parque hinchable baratos legend Tony Parker, Mills was putting up a career high 11.5 points per game. But his efficiency tells an even more remarkable story; at one point Mills was shooting 51.3% from the field, 44.9% from three point range, and a staggering 96.8% from the line. Besides marking him as a front-runner for the Sixth Man award, these numbers put Mills in the elite company of legends like Larry Bird, Kevin Durant, and Steph Curry, members of the “50-40-90” club (50% shooting, 40% from three point range, and 90% from the foul line).

It might be said that this season’s statistical explosion is merely the full flowering of a potential which Mills had revealed before.  The precocious Australian averaged 14.2 points per game at just 19 years old at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He improved this with an Olympic-leading 21.2 points per game in the London games (2012), outscoring American superstars Kobe Bryant and Lebron James.  Mills continued his penchant for delivering on the biggest stage, scoring second highest in the recent Olympics – an effort which saw Australia soar to a 4th place finish.

An Entertainer, a Leader, and a Worker

Patty Mills has a memorable personality to go with his on-court skills. Recall, for example, his taking the stage at the Spurs’ 2014 championship celebration to introduce teammate and Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard with a humorous anecdote that had the crowd roaring. The Spurs can certainly benefit from such an expressive character; recently-retired Spurs legend Tim Duncan was famous for his “boring” style of play (his nickname “The Big Fundamental” was a nod to the fact that his game centered around the mundane basics rather than flashy highlight plays).  NBA reporter David Aldridge once pointed to the Spurs success as the best way to refute conspiracy theories that the NBA “rigs” the Finals to ensure that only popular and financially lucrative teams make it to the championship.  Aldridge argued that the league couldn’t possibly be angling for better TV ratings by looking to the Spurs to deliver them, since their lack of crowd-pleasing highlights made them “ratings’ death!”  But Mills has the personality to change that.

Coaches and teammates alike single out Mills for the personal qualities he brings to the Spurs’ efforts.  Coach Greg Popovich praised his point guard in no uncertain terms: “I think he’s really taken pride in becoming more of a cerebral point guard instead of just being known as an energy guy…He has moved the team where it needs to be…” Teammate Tony Parker, for whom Mills filled in as starting point guard while the former recovered from injury, echoed Popovich’s comments:

“He’s been with me a long time now, I love playing with Patty, I love being with him and I love him as a teammate.  He’s a great guy to be around, he’s the key to our team as he brings energy and makes big shots.”

Yet Mills’ fun-loving and energetic personality should not be mistaken for weakness.  After the Spurs suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Miami Heat in the 2013 NBA Finals (just 5 seconds from victory in Game 6, until Ray Allen hit perhaps the most famous game-tying three pointer in NBA playoff history), Coach Popovich criticized Mills for being soft and out of shape.  A player who was truly soft would have pouted; Mills responded as a champion does:

“When Mills showed up for pre-training camp workouts at the Spurs’ practice complex in September of 2013, his teammates barely recognized him.  According to Danny Green, Mills spent a lot of time posing like a bodybuilder.”

The author goes on to note that Mills proceeded to have his best season to that point, hitting a series of big shots in games 4 and 5 of that year’s NBA Finals in a rematch against the Heat.  The result: the Spurs won their first title in 7 years.  Even the caustic Popovich gave high praise to Mills: “He changed his entire body. He came back svelte and cut and understood you have to make better decisions, point-guard-type decisions. He did all those things better and he earned it.”

The Future: Mills’ Place in Australian Athletics

What does the future hold for Patty Mills, and in particular, where does he rank among Australia’s great basketball players?  Australia is not without its share of talented NBA stars: Luc Longley won several titles as part of Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls, and former #1 draft pick Andrew Bogut, once a member of the All-NBA Third team, likewise won a title with the Warriors.  But Mills’ exceptional play is already leading some commentators to pose the question of whether he is the greatest Australian basketballer of all-time?

His ongoing 2016-17 season almost undoubtedly makes the case that he is currently the best Australian player in the game, and if he continues this trajectory, it would be hard not to see him as the best to ever come from Australia.  Yet whatever Australian basketball may owe to Mills, Patty himself clearly recognizes the greater debt he owes to his home country.  As he explained to a group of schoolboys shortly after helping the Spurs to their fifth NBA championship, he is very conscious of this role: “You represent your family, mum and dad, your school and your culture…Now that I get a chance on the big stage, it’s even more important to remember where I came from.”  Mills certainly remembers where he comes from, but as he racks up the points, the experience, and the NBA credentials, he continues to make a case for everyone else to remember that he may well be the best basketball player to ever come from Australia.

6 of the best basketball shots ever:

Trick shot from feet

Okay, let’s begin with the classic trick shot: it looks spectacular, takes a lot of skill, and takes a lot of practice to make it work. However, once it has worked, the final results are spectacular and absolutely worth it!

In this video, we see a young guy – with a broken wrist – attempt to throw a basketball backwards into a hoop 20 meters away while doing a backflip on a trampoline. Sounds confusing? Take a look at the video below if you don’t believe it!

The world record highest basketball shot:

Sinking one from twenty meters away on a trampoline with your feet? Alright that’s cool and takes a lot of skill and a lot of luck. But what about comprar castillo hinchable baratos sinking one from 180 meters high off the top of one of the highest dams in the world? That’s exactly what Australian stunt group How Ridiculous did just a few weeks ago.

They travelled to the Mauvoisin Dam in Switzerland to attempt to break the world record for the highest basketball shot. Not only did they do it, they did it on just the third attempt! This is a shot which has to be seen to be believed.

Full court shot:

This is one of those classic shots which everyone dreams of sinking at some point in their life. There I a couple of seconds left on the clock, and the opposition is lined up on the free throw line with two free shots. The first shot goes in, and your team is now two points behind. The second shot misses, you manage to grab the rebound, and you launch it the full length of the court to have it go through for three points – and win the game for your team! The celebration says it all.

Some people practice for hours to get a shot like this in, and others never manage it. It is spectacular for a number of reasons: it takes a lot of strength to throw a ball that far, that accurately, and under that much pressure.

Missed dunk

Okay, so this isn’t one of the best shots ever, but it is probably one of the best MISSED shots ever! Watch as a young basketball star sets himself up for a spectacular dunk, only to fail dismally and smash the ball into the edge of the ring. I don’t think you could find a worse or most spectacular missed shot anywhere if you tried!

Messy landing

American basketballer Adam Waddell found himself in an awkward position after going a little hard for the ring. He claimed the rebounding ball and took off down the court with no one in front of him. However, he tried a little hard and decided not to slow down when he reached the hoop, instead going up for the dunk at full speed. This ends badly. Although the ball goes in, Waddell finds himself propelled in a backflip type movement, ending up sprawled on the floor.

The perfect alley-oop

The alley-oop is one of the most spectacular moves in basketball, especially when performed smoothly and with skill. Watch as the ball is passed across the D by the first of three players involved in the sequence. The second players grabs it and puts it up under the ring to the third player, who sends it swishing through the hoop. Every part of this sequence of movements is smooth and seemingly practiced and rehearsed, but it is completed in the heat of a game! Watch the video below for more proof!



Since its invention around 125 years ago, basketball has exploded to become one of the most popular and most participated in sports in the world. It is played widely on almost every continent on earth (except perhaps Antarctica), and offers major professional opportunities for skilled players. It has changed a lot since its inception, but the main rules and ideas of the game have remained the same. However, basketball has also inspired a number of variations and other sports which are played throughout the world. Some of these are simply variations of the basketball game, while others are new sports which are huge themselves. They include:

Half-Court Basketball

This form of the game is very popular in areas where space is limited, or where there aren’t enough players for two full teams. Usually it is played with either 2v2 or 3v3, but you can have up to four players per team. You only have one basket, which is located at the end of the court.

When a team gains possession of the ball, they need to carry it over the half-way line to get the ‘key’ which allows them to score. Once in possession comprar castillos inflables baratos of the key, the team then turns around and attacks the basket, trying to score. If it is turned over, then the other team must go for the key before they can score. This type of game is good, because it allows two games to be played at the same time on a normal sized basketball court.

3 x 3 – This is the official form of half-court basketball, and has become popular in recent times. It is the largest urban team sport in the world with almost 60,000 registered members. Its highest competition is the FIBA 3×3 World Tour, which includes huge exposure and prize money. As a relatively new form of the game, it is being actively promoted and grown throughout the world, so expect it to get much bigger in coming years!


Slamball is generally seen as a form of basketball designed purely for entertainment purposes. While this may be somewhat true, it is also a relatively competitive sport in many parts of the world. It is usually played with four players from each team on court at any time, which is one less than traditional basketball.

The game consists of four short six minute quarters, and is extremely short and fast paced. There are a number of different rule changes from traditional basketball, but the main one of these is the court. Under each basket in the three point zone three trampolines are placed. This allows spectacular dunks and trick shots to be made by attackers, and impressive vertical defence from defenders.

Again, Slamball is often regarded as an entertainment sport, much like WWE. It is shown by major television channels throughout the world, and is played by a number of different countries.


Korfball is one of the earliest variations of basketball, and was founded in 1902. It is played extensively throughout the Netherlands and Belgium, and less in many other countries throughout the world. There are over 100,000 people playing the sport in the Netherlands alone, and it is growing in popularity in other places in the world.

The teams are made up of eight players – four males and four females. They are designated as either defenders or attackers, and are required to stay in their half of the field. Defenders always stay in the defensive zone and vice versa. The hoop is very similar to a netball hoop, or a basketball hoop without a backboard. The hoop isn’t located at the very end of the zone: rather, it is two thirds of the distance between the centre of the court and the end of the zone.


Ringball is the South African version of basketball, and has been around for over a hundred years. It is popular in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, India, and Mauritius. It is played with nine players from each team, and is single gender. It is quite similar to a netball game in that the court is divided into three distinct zones. Each zone has three players from each team whose goal is to work together to score points for their team.

The main principle of ringball is speed. Players must pass almost instantly after gaining possession of the ball. They can’t shoot when their defender is between them and the hoop, which means that they must pass around rapidly until an opening occurs.


Netball is the traditional female sport of the commonwealth. It was developed in England in the 1890’s and quickly spread throughout the colonies. The international netball federation (INF) is composed of 60 different national teams from different countries, who play in various international competitions.

The rules of netball are similar to both ringball and korfball. Players must stay in their zones at all times, and each position has different zone placements. Goals are scored by shooting through a hoop at the end of the court, which has no backboard.

Players aren’t allowed to hold the ball for more than three seconds at a time, and aren’t allowed to run with the ball. They must stay in the same place they caught it in, moving only when they aren’t in possession.

It doesn’t matter if it comes naturally to you or if you need to work extremely hard at it, everyone has the potential to become a leader. You could be a leader in your sports team, your university lab course, or in any other activity which you participate in. Usually, if you make the step and become a leader, your performance in whatever you are doing will improve dramatically.

This is especially true when it comes to sport teams, including basketball. Team leaders feel a sense of responsibility, pride, and love for the team. They can be inspired to play better to help the team win due to their deep involvement. This is turn can motivate the rest of the team, and can lead to big upset wins or surprise scores.

How Do You Become A Leader?

You are probably thinking that ok, you would like to become a leader in your team. In fact, most people think this, as leaders are usually respected and looked up on as role models by other players. However, if you aren’t a natural leader, then it can be very difficult to put yourself in a leadership position. What should you do to improve your leadership skills, and how should you do it?

Work on your game – Every basketballer has weak links and things that they can improve to make themselves a more complete player. Rather comprar tobogan hinchable baratos than waiting for these to develop themselves, become proactive and target them through specific training sessions. Ask other team members if they are interested in training with you. This will show your teammates that you are willing to go the extra mile to improve.

Help your teammates improve parts of their game which you are skilled in – Maybe you are an extremely skilled shooter, or perhaps you have the best evasive skills in the competition. Whatever your skills are, you can offer to help your teammates improve theirs. This will help you not only develop your leadership skills, but will help others recognize that you are a leader in the group.

Step out of your comfort zone – Force yourself to step out of your comfort zone and do things which you maybe aren’t comfortable with. This could be any number of things, including:

  • Speaking up at quarter or half time and giving your opinion on the game.
  • Running the warm-up before the game if your coach is late or absent.
  • Offering to take training or a part of training and using your own drills.
  • Be responsible for pre-game arrangements. Does someone need to wash the jerseys? Does someone need to bring water or oranges for the game? Volunteer to do some of these things.

Speak up – One of the most important traits of a leader is that they are able to speak their mind. You can start with talking on the court. Instruct your teammates on where to run, praise them when they do something good, or provide constructive criticism to help them improve their game.

Listen – While confidence and the ability to speak your mind are important leadership traits, so is listening. Listen to what your teammates have to say. Don’t ignore their opinions or pretend that they don’t matter. In a successful team, everyone’s voice is important. No one should be given preference above anyone else, or team imbalances and player conflicts may arise.

Making use of these tips will set you well on your way to becoming a leader, but the most important thing is that you want it. Wanting to become a leader in your group will motivate you, drive you, and will make it happen. Fuel your desire to become a better player and begin to lead your team to success!

What Are The Benefits Of Becoming A Leader?

If you set your mind on becoming a successful leader and incorporate essential leadership traits into your game, then there is absolutely no doubt that you will become a better player. There are a number of reasons why this will happen, but they are mainly centered around the fact that you will be more motivated, will feel intimately connected to the team, and will feel a responsibility to perform in the big games and when you are needed the most.

When you feel that you are one of the true leaders of your team, you will feel the drive to play as good as you can in every single game. Since it is the team captain and leader’s responsibility to motivate, drive, and organise, if you are in a leadership position, you will be required to set an example. Your teammates will follow your example, causing the whole team to play better.

Being a leader can be exciting, even if you aren’t officially recognised as team captain. Being excited will help energise you to put more into training and the team, which will obviously improve your game.

Next time you head down to basketball training, make a conscious effort to improve your leadership skills. You will be surprised at the difference it makes – you will feel better, more motivated, and will want to be at training more. Get out onto the court, have fun, and become a team leader today!



As most basketball players and supporters know, having a good vertical leap is extremely beneficial when playing ball. It is useful when shooting, rebounding, and defending, as it gives you an edge over shorter players or ones who are not able to jump as high. Something you may not have known is that your vertical leap is directly related to your power, strength, and muscular endurance. It is very related to sprinting and quick acceleration: the basic principle behind having a good jump is leaving the ground as quickly and explosively as possible.

How Do You Measure Your Current Vertical Jump?

Although most basketballers probably already know how to do this, if you don’t, then follow the simple steps below to measure your vertical leap:

  1. Holding a piece of tape or chalk in one hand, stand next to a high wall with your feet flat on the ground and mark the highest point that you can reach.
  2. To measure your jump height, stand comprar tobogan acuatico hinchable baratos next to the wall again and jump as high as you can, marking the wall at the highest point. Repeat this a couple of times, keeping the highest mark you make.
  3. Measure the difference between your high mark and low mark with a measuring tape to determine your vertical jump height.

Many studies show that your vertical jump is directly related to your athletic ability and the effectiveness of your training program. Measure your jump every two or three weeks so that you can monitor your improvement and make changes to your training if necessary. Note that for a few days after a heavy leg session your vertical jump will naturally be less, which means that you should try and measure it when you are fresh.

How Should You Improve Your Vertical Leap?

As with every skill and aspect of fitness, your vertical jump can be improved through a vigorous, specific training session. The first step is to improve your physical attributes. Boosting your leg strength will go a long way towards boosting your maximal leap. If your leg muscles are weak, then you won’t be able to jump high – no matter how fast you can use them. Improve your leg strength using basic excercises such as squats and deadlifts, while also completing some sprinting and long distance running.

The second physical attribute that you need to work on is acceleration. The higher your acceleration is, the more power you will be able to put into your jump, and the higher your vertical leap will be. The best way to improve your acceleration is through high speed, instant power activities. Complete a range of activities like 20 meter sprints, agility tests, and other fast, high powered things. Once your acceleration improves, then you will be sure to see a difference in your vertical jump.

Although it is not important when testing maximal jump height, muscular endurance can be vital during a game of basketball. Let’s say that you have an amazing vertical leap for your first three jumps, but no muscular endurance. If we translate this to a game of basketball, the you might take the first few rebounds, or block the first few shots that you are defending, but will tire quickly. Once you have tired out, then you will not be able to perform to at the level that you know that you can. You can improve your muscular endurance in a number of ways, namely by performing repetitions of strenuous activities – including things like squats and/or deadlifts.


Improving the Technical Side of Your Vertical Leap:

Having the right physical attributes is only half of achieving your maximum vertical leap. If you have incredible power and acceleration, but are unable to coordinate your muscles to work together, then you won’t be able to jump very high. You must be efficient and technically sound to achieve maximal performance. You can learn the proper jumping technique through a coach, by watching online videos, or ideally, through the self-teaching process below:

  • Find a video camera or phone, and have a friend film you completing a vertical leap.
  • Compare this to a resource which accurately outlines the techniques and steps needed to perform a quality jump, and note the areas that you need to improve.
  • Practice, practice, practice, while continuing to film yourself and identify potential areas of improvement.

The above method works especially well with skilled sportspeople who already have some knowledge of biomechanics and training methods, and who are able to accurately critique themselves.

Drills and Exercises to Improve Your Vertical Leap:

There are a huge range of different exercises and training drills which you can do to improve your vertical jump. According to a number of research papers produced by various institutions, one of the keys to improving your vertical jump is bodyweight plyometrics – explosive exercises which focus on either specific muscle groups of general fitness. Some of the best plyometrics exercise include:

  • Squats
  • Jumping Rope
  • Calf Raises
  • Box Jumps
  • Hurdles

Final Tips For Maximum Improvement:

If you stick to the exercises and principles outlined earlier, then you will be able to dramatically improve your vertical jump – this is almost guaranteed. However, there are some small things which you can do to further push your improvement and make yourself a better all round sportsperson:

  1. Get a massage from a physio, and ask them to focus on getting the knots out of your legs – it is incredible how much difference this will make.
  2. Practice depth jumps – which involve stepping off a box and immediately exploding upwards into a vertical leap – to decrease your reaction time and help your muscles activate in sync.

Read this article well and practice the exercises in it, and you will become one of the best vertical leapers on your team. Don’t trust what I say though, do your own research and verify the facts, and remember, practice, practice, practice.

A disappointing finish to their Rio campaign saw Australia finish the 2016 Paralympics in sixth place.The world champions went into the tournament with high hopes, and looked in the running for gold following an impressive start to the tournament.The opening game saw a dominant display from Australia in a crushing 70-50 win over the Netherlands.A comeback victory over Turkey followed, with the Rollers overcoming a six-point deficit in the final period to eventually salute 62-60.

Reigning Paralympic champions Canada were next to fall victim to what was shaping as an Australian juggernaut,
the Rollers maintaining their perfect start with a hard-fought 78-53 victory in a bruising affair against the
North Americans.
It was mostly downhill from there, however, as comprar carrera obstaculos hinchables baratos Ben Ettridge’s men lost their momentum at the tail end of a
grueling schedule.
Just 16 hours after accounting for the Canadians, Australia had to back up against eventual
silver medalists Spain in a match where fatigue clearly played a part, the Spaniards too
good in a 75-64 win.
Normal order looked to have been restored in the next match as Australia bounced back to
defeat Japan 68-55, rounding out the group stage with a 4-1 record.

That put Ettridge’s side into a quarter-final clash against Great Britain, which looked to be going
according to plan as the Australians bounced their way to two-point lead at half-time.

But the tables were turned after the main break, a 45-20 demolition job from the Brits saw them race
away 74-51 winners to end Australia’s gold medal hopes.


Basketball is one of the most popular sports on the planet, and is played throughout Australia.
If you are interested in improving your game and becoming a better baller, then I’m sure you have read some of the millions of basketball training related articles available on the internet.Read some of the millions of basketball training related articles available on the internet.
But how do you know that these articles are telling you the truth? How do you know they aren’t
written by amateur ball enthusiasts just like you? Actually, they usually are.

This huge amount of information which is available at the touch of a mouse button probably does more
harm to young players than it does good. It leads to them making mistakes which negatively affect
their performance and prevent them from reaching their full potential. So, what are the top five
mistakes made by young ballers?

1: They play too much basketball.
As stupid as this might sound at first, it is true. Young comprar hinchables juegos baratos basketballers often live and breathe for the game.
They can play for hours each day, and it becomes the major time consumer in their lives. As the saying goes,
‘you can have too much of a good thing’. Playing this much ball will reduce player motivation, and means that
they will continually be playing at a sub-par level.

No one can play at their best for hours a day, every day of the week. When a young basketballer begins to
play poorly – be it due to poor motivation, over exertion, or a simple lack of concentration – they can
get used to it. This can drastically stunt their development as a player, not least because they lose their
belief in themselves. For most amateur sportspeople, engaging in actual gameplay two or three times per week
is enough. Any more and the risk of burning out and losing motivation rises exponentially.


2: But they don’t train enough.
Anyone with some knowledge of professional sports knows that it takes huge amounts of training to get to the top level.
However, young basketballers often skip on this training. Since they are playing so often
(something which is more fun than training by the way), they don’t have the motivation to dedicate time to training their basic skills.
If you dream of becoming a high-level basketballer, then it is extremely important for you to practice the basics regularly.
Instead of hitting the court for a game, get out there and practice dribbling, passing, shooting, and defending.
Make sure that you focus on your technique when practicing, as this is where most improvement will come from
(unless you are already extremely skilled). According to most basketball experts, two or three days of simple training per week,
on top of two or three days of actual gameplay, is the perfect amount of basketball. Serious players should make sure
they take at least two days per week away from basketball, as rest days are an extremely important part of development.

3: They don’t place enough emphasis on recovery.
Again, anyone with some sort of knowledge of high level sports knows that recovery is just as important as training.
However, young basketball players often ignore it altogether. They spend hours on the court every week, but don’t
dedicate any time to helping their body recover.
The basic principle behind training is that you work extremely hard during the session, ‘damaging’ your body.
For the 24 to 48 hours afterwards, your body ‘fixes’ itself and becomes a little stronger and a little better
than it was before in an attempt to better handle the next session. During this time recovery practices should
be implemented to ensure you get the most out of each session.
Recovery can be as simple as ensuring that you drink plenty of fluids and eat a good meal after a game or training session.
You can perform some stretching to help your muscles recover, and can also do things like foam rolling, icing sore areas, or getting a massage.


4: They try and play above their skills.
A huge part of backyard basketball culture is the social status which comes with being the best.
The flaw in this is that the player who appears the best in a street game will not be the best on court.
Always striving to be the most showy or the best looking can affect a young player in a number of ways, including:
●It can teach them bad habits. By practicing showy actions which are not useful in a real game, or which go against
conventional basketball movements, players can hurt their skills. They can learn bad habits which may be exposed
in gameplay, or learn poor techniques which will affect their future development.
●They will focus on what looks good, rather than what helps their complete game.
This means that although they might look like an incredible baller in a friendly match,
they will be exposed when it comes time to perform in a high pressure situation on the court.
If you are a young basketballer striving to reach a high level, then don’t fall into the trap of becoming a show pony.
Focus on what is the most important: skills and techniques first, quality training and recovery second, and fancy moves last.

5: And they don’t work on their team-oriented game.
This relates directly to most of my previous points. Players play way too much basketball, but most of this isn’t serious.
They don’t train often enough, and therefore don’t work on one of the most basic skills involved in any team sport:
playing as one single unit with the rest of the team.
As mentioned earlier, most young ballers are concerned first and foremost with ‘looking good’ and impressing the people watching.
This is a mindset which isn’t at all conductive to good team play. When playing as a team, it is sometimes necessary to do your
job without getting the outside recognition that could come with it. For example, a defensive specialist is never going to get
the same applause as the star who shoots 50 points a game, even if they play an equally important role in the team.
Any young player who is serious about developing their game needs to rise above the idea of individual recognition,
and instead focus on playing their role to the best of their ability and working hard to improve their game.

Psychology Today has revealed that ‘when NBA players touch teammates more, they win more’ . High fives, fist bumps, chest bumps, leaping shoulder bumps, head slaps and grabs and team huddles have all been shown to help a player achieve success in performing a key move, such as a rebound, point, block or steal, during a game.

In short, the article tells us that you can use psychology to increase performance. There is evidence to demonstrate that touching and body contact during a match can improve your team’s chances of winning the game.

So how does this work?

Basically, touching-behaviours, such as high fives, group huddles, and half or full hugs increase the levels of trust and cooperation within your team. Engaging in these behaviours increases both your own performance as well as the overall performance of your team.

Psychology Today’s article is based on a study called ‘Tactile Communication, Cooperation and Performance: an Ethological Study of the NBA,” published in Emotion journal by Michael W Kraus, Cassy Huang and Dacher Keltner. The study utilises a comprar inflables baratos complicated measure of performance that doesn’t just include winning and losing, but also other factors such as scoring efficiency. The study eliminates factors that contribute towards a win such as early season performance, expert predictions and player salaries, to demonstrate a clear correlation between touching-behaviours and performance.

How can you use this information to improve your performance?

By carrying out the following actions, you can use psychology to improve your chances of winning a game:

1. Huddle before games, during and after games
2. Try to touch your teammates – by using fist-pumps, high fives, head grabs – or whatever feels comfortable for you, as often as possible.
3. Talk and gesture to your teammates throughout the game.
4. Pass the basketball to your teammates who are less closely defended.
5. Help your teammates on defence.
6. Help your teammates when they tying to escape defensive pressure.

All of the above tips have been taken directly from the Psychology Today article, which tells us that any behaviour where you need to rely on your teammates for help will help increase trust and cooperation within your team, and ultimately, help your team to win.

Now that there is some direct evidence in the touching-cooperation-performance link, you might as well use this to your advantage. Touching is not only socially acceptable, but beneficial. This research is only the tip of the iceberg of the benefits of using psychology tactics to win a game. Stay tuned for more tips in upcoming articles.

All university and college graduates are confronted with one big question upon graduation: where to from here? It is a moment often tainted with a glimmer of uncertainty – will you succeed in the real world? Nowhere does this ring more true than for the aspiring professional basketball player.

So you have finished college or university, either in the US or on home turf in Australia. You were good enough to get into your college or university on a basketball scholarship, and you’ve improved your skills over the past three of four years. But, where to from here?

Michael Oakes, Australian athlete manager and accredited FIBA agent, asserts that it is important to objectively and realistically assess your talent. Only a small number of college graduates make it in the professional arena: only 2-3 rookie spots are offered each year in the NBL and WNBL, and only 60 players are drafted each year for the NBA and WNBA. So what steps can you take to assure that you have the best chance possible of success?

1. If you are eligible for dual citizenship anywhere within the European Union, apply now. There are restrictions on the number of imports that a team comprar carpa hinchable baratos can take, plus, your position on the team as an import is always volatile. Playing as a European Citizen has benefits in terms of your job security, pay and competitive edge.
2. The NBL and WNBL are often the launch pad of a career in the NBA/WNBA or in Europe. Landing a position in the NBL/WNBL provides you with the opportunity for intensive training, and puts you in the spotlight for a future position in the USA or Europe. Prior to landing a spot in the NBL/WNBL, consider joining a senior state league and competing in SEABL. Although the training is not as intensive, and these leagues often to do not strength and conditioning training programs, it may provide you with a springboard into an NBL/WNBL position.
3. The NBA and WNBA are renowned as the best leagues in the world, and boast an international array of players. If this is your end-goal, training in an intensive draft prep camp, or summer development program, can increase your chances of being drafted for a team. Similarly, obtaining a position in the NBL/WNBL or a European team will increase your recognition within the US market.

Regardless of where you want to end up as a professional basketball player, whether it be as a player for the NBL/WNBL, NBA/WNBA or Europe, it is important to strategically plan your next move, straight from college or university. Stay focused, keep your goal in mind and grasp onto every opportunity within reach, on an international and national level. If you truly believe you have what it takes, then push to go pro after your basketball college career.

Basketball is a game that involves a variety of skills, conflicting personalities and constant exposure to scrutiny of the millions of fans following the on court and off court action of their favorite NBA teams and players. These conditions can pretty much cause anyone to lose their marbles, let alone some of the world’s most recognised basketball players. From constantly griping about calls or just point-blank jackass behaviour, here are some of the most memorable tantrums and outbursts in basketball history.

1. Bad Boy Bill Laimbeer

Bill Laimbeer has a pretty bad rep: he has punched people, clotheslined people and body-slammed people. The video compilation above attests to his very physical nature and ‘bad boy’ label. It a pity that Laimbeer’s borderline assaults often overshadow comprar parque acuatico hinchable baratos the fact that he had 13,790 points and 10,400 rebounds in his career.

2. Dennis Rodman headbutts in rage

Dennis Rodman was ejected during a game in March of 1996 and didn’t exactly take kindly to it. Instead of leaving the court compliantly, Rodman threw a fit and stomped around for a few seconds before headbutting the referee – and he wasn’t done. When escorted off the court by Luc Longley, the angry basketballer took off his jersey on the sidelines, threw it back onto the court, and in one last move before he was suspended for six games without pay, Rodman shoved the water cooler over and stormed off.

3. Rasheed Wallace and his hatred for towels

Rasheed Wallace is admired as a great defensive player, but he is also a man who threw more temper tantrums than anyone else in NBA history. Though, it appears that he had a particular attraction towards throwing towels. The video above and this scene serve as proof.

4. The near fatal punch of Kermit Washington

One of the most notorious cheap shots in NBA history is when Kermit Washington attempted a near-fatal punch at Rudy Tomjanovich. The incident was so scandalous that author John Feinstein penned a novel around it entitled “The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight that Changed Basketball Forever.”

5. ‘Malice at the palace’

This is arguably the ugliest incident in sports history as both players AND fans traded punches. Infamously known as ‘The Malice At The Palace,’ the melee happened on November 19th, 2004, at the end of a blowout between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons. It all started with Vernon Maxwell charging into the stands to punch a cup-hurling fan, David Stern, who was taunting him. In all, nine players from both teams were suspended for a total of 146 games.