They are the basic tenets of any sport, the building blocks you need in order to be the master of your game. Before the dunks, blocks, and highlight reels, you have to learn to play the game.
These are the basic fundamentals, and they are the most important part of sports.
From the moment you pick up a ball you should be taught how to play the game. Fundamentals will save you when all else fails, they are something to fall back on when you're tired and the game is on the line.
It should come as no surprise that the best players in basketball are also the most fundamentally sound. From dribbling, to shooting, to sliding your feet, the stars like Bryant, Duncan, James, and Wade took the time to learn their craft, and hone their skills.
Sadly, some of the best athletes in the game are also some of the most fundamentally challenged. They excite you with their dunks, blocks, and SportsCenter moments, but when you break down their games, you find they really have none.
There are various reasons for this but the most common is because we live in a highlight world. Players today are more concerned with how hard they dunk the ball, forgetting that it's still only two points.
With dollar signs in their eyes, and self-serving people in their ears, they forgo the training they need to be great, and settle for possibly making SportsCenter Top 10.
For these 10 players, who for some reason didn't think that it was important to learn their craft, here is a second chance. I welcome them to NBA after school.
Let me know what you think as we stroll into the world of the fundamentally challenged. You will find no true guards on here, because thankfully an unskilled guard would never last in the NBA, I think?