When all is lost, why keep going?
This question of Character, or guts is answered in one way by this video of Benjamin Watson of the New England Patriots. Watch it even if you don’t like NFL because the game is incidental.
Never. Say. Die.
I’ve watched many basketballers proudly swat a ball out of the key. The good ones then chase the ball down and get it to a team mate. The great ones do that even when their team is down by 20 points and there’s 3 seconds on the clock, because that is what they do. It never occurs to them to back off.
The video is courtesy of Oregon Basketball and Coach Jon Nedelcoff. It’s long at 11:43 but it covers a lot in that time.
After starting with basic drills it build up to some great offense and defense concepts, moving through pick n roll, UCLA cuts and Cincinnati offense including inbound and special plays. I list all the concepts below the video.
Reviewing it again, I’m wondering how Jon got so many concepts into less than 12 minutes.
Drills in the video:
- Triple Threat Drill @0:09
- Triple Threat Cut Through @0:28
- Pass, Screen & Curl @0:46
- Pass, Ball Screen, Pick & Roll @1:09
- Follow your pass drill @1:29
I like the way University of Michigan Lacrosse has put this don’t quit video together.
The big difference is their message “rest if you must but don’t quit”.
Often a pivot, change or pause is essential to the next step on the path to greatness.