TEAMWORK - Everything begins and ends with teamwork. Five players on the court have to score as a team and defend as a team. One of the most coveted statistics besides scoring is assists. The guy who can get the ball to the player who scores is given nearly as much credit as the one who scores.
DEFENSE - Scoring is great, but you have to keep the other team from scoring as many points or you'll never win. Defense is often where teams let down, physically. It's very tough, mentally as well. You have to always be thinking one step ahead of your opponent.
THREE POINTS - The teams that put up a shot beyond the arc are rewarded with 3 points, one more than the normal 2 points per bucket. It's a riskier shot. The percentages are lower, but the reward is greater. You can make a faster comeback if you're willing to put up the riskier shot.
PRACTICE - Every once in a while, a player goes to the foul line for a shot and no one can do anything to defend against it. That's why it's "free." Still, if a player hasn't practiced making a shot from 15 feet, he may fail to make the basket and profit from this free opportunity. Most of what happens on the court is the result of hours and hours of practice.
So, as you watch the tournament, enjoy the games, but remember what they can teach us about life. Any other lessons? I'd be interested in your thoughts.
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