Wednesday, July 20, 2011
What Does Being in Basketball Shape Mean?
By Kenny Robinson
Most ordinary people cannot answer that question. We can start by saying a player in basketball shape has the ability to play an entire game at full capacity without getting tired. He can perform offensively and defensively the same way whether it is the beginning of the game or the end. We can also say that even though he or she is getting pushed, bumped and shoved they can still make a big shot, go after a lose ball and sink a free throw at the end of the game.
A good example of someone in superb basketball shape was Kemba Walker during his run through the Big East and NCAA tournament or, Dirk Nowitzki during the NBA finals as he had to make one big shot after another in the final minutes of the game to give his Mavericks a chance to win. These are elite players and they have come to understand the importance of being in tip-top basketball condition and they hire the best in the off-season to get them ready.
You can build your fitness base by running, cycling, lifting weights and other exercises, but the only way to get in basketball shape is on the court doing drills, playing basketball and pushing yourself. My college coach would always say “you can’t get better until you are too tired to workout because anybody can be good when they are fresh. The problem is the game is determined at the end when everyone is tired.” Trust me, he made sure we were in basketball shape. The main point to my coach’s statement is that basketball is an instinctive game and only repetition from hard work will allow your muscles to react instinctively and automatically in the heat of the game.
One of our players whom has been working out with us the past couple of weeks went to a DC Assault practice and the coaches were so impressed by his conditioning and skill development that he has been asked to go to Orlando, Florida to play with them in the AAU exposure tournament against some of the top players in the country.
The word is getting out about our workouts because we are filled to capacity. Players are finding out quickly that if you want to get in the best shape of your life and improve your basketball skills then our workouts is where you have to be. Coach Kenny and his “Original Bull Dawg” staff are kicking butts and improving player’s games.
Not only are we working guys out on the court five days a week, the truly serious are heading over to our facility to take part in the twice a week strength and training workouts. This kind of training regimen is not for everyone, only those who are serious about reaching his or her potential as a basketball player. It is your summer and your time don’t wait until tryouts start this Fall and say “ I wish I had worked out a lot harder during the summer.” These guys will be running past you like you are standing still.