Being an athlete seems like an amazing thing to most of us, at least from the outside. But getting into any professional league takes tremendous focus and hard work.
Who knows, better than the great Bill Russell? Russell is one of the most decorated players to ever step onto the basketball court. In 13 years of career, he won 11 NBA championships! While the league level wasn’t that high during his playing days, what he accomplished is commendable nonetheless.
Getting back to the point, Russell thinks playing basketball is no easy task. He revealed that not having a killer instinct means you won’t be successful playing the sport.
Reddit user u / WhenMachinesCry shared a post where he found Bill Russell’s Basketball Law. The post revealed:
Russell’s First Law: You have to get the other player to do what you want them to do. How? ‘Or’ What? You have to make him think. If he thinks instead of doing, it’s up to you. There is no time in basketball to think, “It happened, this is what I have to do next.” By the time it takes to think about this semicolon, it is already too late.
Russell’s second law: You have to have the killer instinct. If you don’t have it, forget basketball and go into social psychology or something. If you sometimes wonder if you have it, you don’t. No pussies, please. Killer instinct, by my definition, is the ability to spot – and exploit – a weakness in your opponent. There are psychological sub-rules in this category.
Russell’s Third Law: Be cute, but not cuddly. I mean, you should be nice at all times, but there’s a lot to be said for nudging the chops when all else fails. It is a powerful psychology. Last resort stuff.
Russell’s final law: Remember basketball is a game of habit. As we become good, we develop certain habits. Therefore, if you deviate a player from their habits – by the psychiatrist – you have it.
All the points are spot on and if a young player follows these laws religiously, he will increase his chances of succeeding in the league.