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I was wondering what people think are good definitions for the major components of a good basketball team. Add or edit whatever terms you'd like.

1. Chemistry: the ability for players to play well together, each having roles on the floor, but complementing each other at every angle. Style exists; a team that loves to run and do the fast break have completely different chemistry than a team that loves sharp passing in the half court to find the open man.

2. Starter: the player that is most qualified to play at the beginning of the game. Tremaine Fowlkes was a starter for a good stint of last seaons, but he didn't get "starting" minutes, even while starting, because there were better players behind him. Yet, he was most qualified to start the game at that position.

3. Team Leader: the hardest worker on the team, leads by example, but also a vocal locker room presence and a model citizen. Someone who is willing to be the heart and soul of the team, someone who never has a single night when he gives anything less than 100%. Someone who wants (nay, DEMANDS) to play through minor injuries even if the team is hopelessly out of the playoffs.

4. Good backup: Views his role as of equal, if not greater, importance than that of a starter. Looks forward to defending and scoring against the premium talent in the NBA, and looks not only to take minutes away from the starter within the intrateam competition for spots, but simply looks to play as hard as possible as long as possible every night. Never lacks energy; views a substitution as an opportunity to outhustle, outrun, and outmuscle their opponents. Constantly looks to improve his skill level, but relies more on his ability to play at high intensity than his ability to outperform his opponents.

5. Good coach: Wins the respect of his teammates with superior basketball intelligence. More than just an ex-player with good experience, a strong head coach (or assistant coach) demonstrates the ability to understand the game on both a broad big-picture level as well as a narrow individual level. Knows every single one of his players, their strengths, their weakness, and what they should and are improving upon. A good coach is consistent with his decisions, but is willing to admit his mistakes and say that those mistakes won't be made again.

6. Good mascot: furry and colorful and can do double-flip trampoline dunks.

7. Good dancing group: beautiful, sexy, crowd pleasers, promotes the team above their own hot selves.

8. Championship team: ask Phil Jackson.
 

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I like your post! That was interesting to read through. Thank you for making me think about the total picture, right down to the mascot and cheerleaders! :D
 
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