The game of basketball, or any sport for that matter is very emotionally demanding. Especially, if you are passionate about your sport as much as I am. I spent 10 years of my life playing organized basketball, and I've only gotten one technical foul in all of those years. The technical foul that I did receive, was not because of mouthing off at the refs, like most players. The technical I received was because of unsportsmanlike conduct. I swatted this kids during an AAU tournament, then walked over his body. At the time it felt good, but overtime I realized I disrespecting the game that I love. So Learn how to control your attitude. Basketball is a metaphor for life. Having a good attitude on the court should correlate to having a good attitude off the court, especially in the classroom and in public. Coaches look for players who are coachable. Being coachable means that you are willing to learn because you have your attitude in check. So be different, be Chosen, because thats who you are!
When I played basketball for Liberty High School, Feather River College, And Simpson University, my EFFORT was never questioned. I was always the hardest worker on my team. Honestly, if it was not for my effort, I wouldn't have been able to play college basketball at my size (5'8). I truly believe that height doesn't matter, its about the size of the heart not the size of the player. The reality is that there are many kids out there with cancer and various other diseases. If you don't have any one else to play for, then play for them. But do not disrespect the game of basketball by not competing and working hard on the court. Don't ever say that you can't do it. For we can do all things through Christ that strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). Always Remember that YOU are chosen, thanks for reading. Go and share with someone who loves the game.
-Coach Jermaine AKA "Chosen"