Scottie Pippen On The Player’s Greatest Challenge

By Joe Haefner

“Sometimes a player’s greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.” – Scottie Pippen

As a player, you need to realize that there are many different ways to contribute to a basketball team and be successful. Ben Wallace shot just over 40% from the free throw line and he has NBA championship rings, because he knew that his strengths were defense and rebounding.

Jason Kidd dominated basketball games without scoring a point by playing suffocating defense and distributing the ball to open teammates. There is a reason that Jason Kidd NEVER lost an International basketball game.

Ask your coach what you can do to help the team. When the coach tells you, do it.

As a coach, we need to emphasize the importance of each player’s role, even if they are practice players that get very little playing time. Too often, we don’t do this enough and that’s why players want to score the ball and take little pride in other areas of the game.

All great coaches motivate their players to do the little things.

It’s also part of the reason we produced and highly recommend the DVD, Danny Miles’ Value Point System.


  1. basketball — October 13, 2010 @ 1:02 pm


  2. basketball — October 13, 2010 @ 1:02 pm


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