“Jeremy Lin’s basketball game is very unselfish. He is always looking to make others on the team look good, setting them up with assists and passes so they can score. That’s what great leaders do. They make others on the team play well and put them in positions to succeed. They don’t need to be the one scoring the most points or being out front all the time.”
My youngest son, Ephraim, starting playing basketball in middle school last year. Most of the boys on his team were playing for the first time and that was clearly evident during their first game.
Each time they brought the ball down the court offensively, they sort of bunched up around each other, unsure of where to be. A couple of boys on the team, whenever they got the ball, would always take a shot. They never passed. It was painful to watch.
Recently I took Ephraim to watch our local college team play. They were leading their conference and were one of the best squads the college has ever had. The gameplay was completely different.
These young men spread themselves out on the court and passed the ball around with precision. It wasn’t unusual for each player to touch the ball on every possession until one player finally had an open shot or was able to drive to the hoop. The teamwork was remarkable.