December 20, 2002, Newsletter Issue #89: SOLID - POSSESSION BY POSSESSION

Tip of the Week


It was only one possession,
why must my coach scream,
my poor defense permitted the basket
but what can one hoop mean?
As the pass comes my direction,
and I fumble it into the stands,
the coachīs voice rings loud and clear,
"Catch with your eyes and hands!"

Cīmon coach, its a single possession,
our team will be okay
itīs just the first two minutes,
my gosh, we got all day.

At the 2nd quarter mark I remember
that the center, strong and stout
a putback for two, quite simply due
to my failure to turn and blockout.

It was only one possession,
I didn’t commit a crime,
my team is ahead and Iīm playing well,
and thereīs still plenty of time!

As the halftime buzzer is sounding,
and I watch the ball bank in,
I know I will hear from my loving coach
of my questionable effort to defend.

It was only one possession.
Coach - donīt have a heart attack!
We`re down by one, but we`re having fun,
I know we’ll get the lead back!

Itīs early coach,
itīs no big deal
that my failure to use a pass fake
results in an unlikely steal.

I quickly sink a jumper,
Iīm greeted by high fives and slaps,
but the next possession I give up, a layup,
while suffering mental lapse.

It`s only one possession,
cīmon coach, chill out.
Itīs crazy to see you disgusted
as you slap the assistant and shout-

"Victory favors the team
making the fewest mistakes.
Single possessions are the key.
So treat them like gold and
do as you are told.
And play with intensity."

I step to the line for one and one
but Iīm having a concentration lapse.
The ball soars through the air
Good lord, itīs a brick!
Iīm afraid the support will collapse.

In post game I sit at my locker,
pondering what more I could do.
I realize the value of each possession,
what a shame that we lost by two.

--author unknown

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