Published Author: Adeel
It’s not easy playing for a team when you’re the 12th man on the bench. But sometimes that’s just where you have to start… This is how a lot of players start before they are called up to play. No one said it’ll be good for your confidence, but over the years I’ve noticed that guys that start their basketball careers follow either of three fates:
1) Bench Warmer for Life – they get comfortable coming off the bench, or at least think that’s the best they can do, so they settle for it.
2) Quit – because they come to practice, work out with the team, and game time…they just sit and watch. It sucks, so they quit. A lot of the time they don’t even show any energy or motivation for the team.
3) Rise – It does suck to be on the sidelines while your teammates play. Not because you’re jealous of them, but you want to be out there with your team. Show energy and motivation, practice hard, and eventually everything will pay off. So when you come to practice early, stay late, and train an extra day. Soon enough, the coach will be calling your name more and more. Example – When Jeremy Lin was with the New York Knicks, he did not play a single minute for the season, but showed to all the practices, and finally one day he got the call and proved to himself, the team, the coaches, and the fans that he can play and be a star. And I’ll tell you from my experience, only one of those three is a real option. You never quit, never settle, just rise.
When I was playing for Eastern Prep… [Adeel Story – 13th man >> Bench >> Start? >> Scholarships all around]
Sometimes coaches and players may even tell you that you’re no good. They can be wrong, or they can be right. I’d rather you decide that than let someone tell who you are.
If there’s something you’ll take from this, I hope you understand that anyone who is hungry to get better and wants to play has a spot on some team somewhere. There you’ve got an opportunity, make something of it. Rise.