With the summer months approaching, it becomes critical for players to work on their individual skills and to come back better players. We hope will this will allow us to be a more talented and skilled year than the year before, but that doesn’t guarantee that we will be a better team. I think the team has to improve as well.
As I’ve said in previous posts, any group can wear the same uniform, but that doesn’t make them a team. Until they’re willing to give up self for group they are not a team. Uniforms may be the same, but intentions are varied.
As the leader, it’s important that you put a great deal of thought to how you’re going to mold this group into a team. It could be sitting guys next to different guys in the locker room (which, by the way, is extremely important to Doc every year). It could be taking the team paint balling, as Phil Jackson has done with the Lakers. It could be taking the team to a pool or lake, which many football coaches have done in the past. Or it could be coming up with a team mantra for the season as we have done here.
Teams win more games than individuals, and I can tell you first hand that teams win many, many, many more championships than individuals do. It’s that important! So spend some time this summer on “team think.”