“Basketball is only interesting in the last two minutes of the game.” “The regular season doesn’t matter.” “NBA players don’t play defense.”
Those are all stereotypes that have endured in professional basketball. If you watch J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony or most of the Lakers play, you might be tempted to say they are true.
However, true success is not achieved through complacency. It can only be won by hard work and putting in the effort necessary to win day in and day out.
There are those players who give their best effort while making it seem effortless (i.e.: Tim Duncan). Then there are the players who seemingly have only one gear, a high gear. When they are on the court, they are so intense that they look that they took 10 Red Bulls before the game, another five at halftime and another 15 for good measure in crunch time.
They are the ones who are wired all game long and provide energy to their team when things tend to stall. Some of them are superstars, while others have the talent to be starters but come off the bench by design to provide a spark.
Let’s take a look at the NBA’s All-Try-Hard team. The team isn’t a collection of All-Stars, but rather a well-rounded squad of 12 players who give their all on every possession and would make any coach proud.