July 30, 2004, Newsletter Issue #173: SYNERGY ON YOUR BASKETBALL TEAM

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Basketball is a game of the fast break, the give and go, the pick and roll, and finding the open man or doubling down on the big man in the low post and rotating out, and team defense. This is a game of teamwork, of coordinated efforts. Obviously these plays can not be performed alone. The better the teamwork, the better the offense or defense. That is synergism.

You must begin to think of yourself as an part in a larger machine. Each part is a vital link that the machine as a whole could not work without. Synergism is created through the coordination of these parts. All the parts must interact correctly in order for synergism to be created.

Synergism requires cooperation from all team members. A chain is only as strong as it`s weakest link. If a team has a giant hole in it, it is going to be tough to make up for it. The player who sets the pick in basketball is just as important as the player who comes off that pick for a three pointer. Synergism is a way of complimenting each other and creating a harmony from a relationship where everyone contributes.

This season in the NBA, the Detroit Pistons had synergy. What the Pistons lacked in star power they made up for in cohesiveness and determination while executing Coach Larry Brown`s formula to "play the right way."

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