‘Teamwork makes the dream work.’
Basketball is a team game. 5 players on the court at one time, 15ish on a roster. There may be the stars like Jordan, Kobe and LeBron but in the end Jordan wouldn’t have won a championship without the help of Steve Kerr or Luc Longly. on every NBA team every player has a role on the court, whether it be to score 50 points or let the 50-point player catch some air. A basketball team is like a clock. When one piece falters it all stutters a bit. Often though when people talk of this they confuse it with team chemistry. Players roles are solidified and polished on the court. Team chemistry is built off it. In my humble opinion.
“Chemistry is a class you take in high school or college, where you figure out two plus two is 10, or something.” – Dennis Rodman.
I think most of the guys on my TITANS U16 team will agree with me that the majority of the fun resides off the court, be it the dressing room, subway, Kyle’s house, Diego’s going away party, Eoin’s birthday party, Lithuania, National league games or just anywhere. Chemistry revolves around friendship and trust. All of my friends play for my team and I have some of the best times and jokes with them that most people would find crazy or stupid. Like the Wolfpack from the Hangover sometimes were just damn stupid and we don’t care.
Getting back to the basketball side of things though our closeness helps us practice better and improves our attitude towards each other on the court. Like if someone keeps screwing up you can just tell someone what’s up instead of shouting at them or having a row, and if you do, it’s resolved pretty quickly. Think of the fab four from More than a game but on a bigger scale.
Look at the effect team chemistry has in the NBA. What do the Lakers lack according to most ‘experts’? Chemistry. But when you look at the Knickstape, Raymond Felton dunks last night and the bench went wild. The Clippers probably have the best chemistry, holding DeAndre Jordan down after a monster Griffin dunk takes a team effort!
All I’m trying to say is that a team goes beyond the buzzer… usually to Kyle’s house.
Shoutout to my Knicks and JR tearing it up on a 7-game streak!