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Practicing Basketball with Effort

Lamar Hull, @lamarhull20,
Website: Inspirational Basketball

When you watch college or pro basketball on NBA League Pass, you often see players with an enormous amount of skill. If you are a young person watching these games, though, you might not notice the amount of work that these players put into their craft. While it might seem like the things they do on the court are effortless, the results only come because these players have put in years of hard work. Every single day, these players hit the court, practicing as hard as possible. This is why, when you see them hit the big basket or make a huge defensive play, it looks like they are barely trying.

  • Work ethic to get out there every day

To become a great basketball player, you have to develop great habits. Good and great players do not happen by accident. These players become great because they get out on the court every single day. They work on all parts of their game, and they develop a type of discipline that follows them through their career. The good news for aspiring basketball players is that hard work will bring results. If you are willing to work at the game every day, then you can develop some of the skills that you see on television.

  • Working hard on every drill

Though it might be fun to shoot around or drive to the hole, you have to work hard on every single drill if you are going to be a complete basketball player. When you are working on your quick feet drills, you have to put in maximum effort. When you are working on passing, defense, or dribbling, you should give it everything that you have. This approach has a number of advantages. First, it will help you learn how to do things at maximum effort, which will be necessary when you play in games. In addition, this will help you develop the sort of physical fitness that you need to be a basketball player.

  • Good players have great fitness

In order to be a good basketball player, you have to work on your body. Basketball can take a major toll on the body, and making shots is very difficult when your legs are tired. You should put in elite effort in order to develop the kind of fitness that will lead to good results. Do not cheat yourself when you are working out or when you are running. Just know that this will help you become the player you want to become.

  • Great effort brings great confidence

If you have ever seen a player like Lebron James play, then you have probably seen the great confidence he brings to the court. Players like Lebron are great for many reasons, and one of the most important is confidence that comes from working hard. When you give total effort in each of your practices, drills, and games, you will develop natural confidence. You will be able to step out on the court with an understanding of the things that your body is capable of doing.


Training is not easy and sometimes it becomes mundane, trust me I know. As a young player you have to continue to challenge yourself with different drills. If you need help with drills or instructional videos, look around more at the Coach's Clinic page of PowerBasketball, it is a great resource for improving your basketball skills. Don't give up if you have the passion to become a better basketball player, if you work hard, it will pay off in some beneficial way.

Author: Lamar Hull is a former NCAA college basketball player and also played professionally in Europe. Lamar is currently a writer and loves to write about sports, basketball, entertainment and more. You can follow Lamar @lamarhull20.







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