• Beyond Basketball

    Posted: October 26th, 2006

    Coach, I have noticed that must kids my age (16 years old) write in this section of your site to tell you how they want to play basketball for you someday but I am here to give thanks to you. Now im not sure if your going to even read this but if you are you are probably saying thanks for what? Well ever since I was 6 years old I believe I would one day I would bring the ball up the court on senior night against the North Carolina Tar Heels, at this point in my life I realize I am not as gifted as I need to be to do so. Even though I have worked as hard as i can for the past 10 years im simply not as gifted as others although I do play basketball for my school. Well the more I watched you coach and those blue devils play the more I learned about life. I learned that if I worked as hard as Wojo(my favorite player ever) and gave everything I had to a certain cause then I would one day be successful. Another thing I would like to think you for is giving me something to lean on. I have always had a life of up’s and down’s but I have always been able to count on Duke basketball. Well in closing I would like to thank you for everything and now i know that no matter what I may encounter I can be a success.


    Sincerely, your biggest fan

    P.S.- You made my dream come true when I attended your basketball camp a few years back!


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We win and we lose together. Handling the responsibility for wins and losses together removes the burden from one individual’s shoulders and distributes it among each member of the team. That atmosphere is conducive to high-level performance and places you and your team in the position to be bold and unafraid, and if you should lose, you are not alone.

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