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Helmets Off


Apr 12, 2018

Chemistry is important in team sports.

The Golden State Warriors have are a championship level team.  And they've been sitting their best players in the final regular season games.  

This deliberate tanking has its pros and cons.  But are they killing their chemistry?

Steph Curry is the glue that holds it all together.  Is it enough to help them do well in the playoffs?

One year ago they were on the verge of winning more games than any other team in history. They lost in the finals.

That brought up the question: Do you go for the win record?  Or do you rest your players and go for the championship.

Look at the Utah Jazz.  Before the All Star break they were 19 & 28.  They were facing murderers row.  The best teams every night.  They were struggling.

Then all of the sudden something clicked.  They lost to the Atlanta Falcons and then they just start winning.  Going into the All Star break they were the hottest team in the NBA. 

Fans were worried the break would kill their momentum.  They lost the first game after the break, but then got right back to winning.

Dante Exum had been injured. And when they brought him back, you could see the chemistry change.  But Exum had a lot to offer, so the chemistry changed to include him.

Teamwork and chemistry starts with an attitude.  An attitude of embracing a shared vision and direction.

When players showed up to the Boston Celtics during the Larry Bird era, they understood what was up.  You either embraced the vision and direction of the team or you didn't survive.

Danny Ainge was a very proud and exceptional ball player at BYU.  He also played baseball at the Toronto Blue Jays.  But when he arrived in Boston, his role was not to be a superstar.  He got it.

This is what is amazing about the Golden State Warriors.  They have chemistry.  So many teams try to buy championships.  They buy the Mount Rushmore of players and go for it.  It doesn't always work.  Remember when Karl Malone went to the LA Lakers dream team?  Didn't work out.

Before Scott arrived in Detroit to play for the Lions, Herman Moore was already a pretty good receiver.  But together, Moore became a perennial Pro- Bowl player.  That chemistry mattered.  It got to a point where they could look at one of another on the field during the play and communicate.  They knew each other that well. 

Scott Mitchell takes his helmet off to show you the inside scoop of all kinds of sports from football to even golf. Scott Mitchell is a former NFL quarterback who was a star quarterback at the University of Utah before going on to have a professional career playing with the Miami Dolphins, the Orlando Thunder, the Detroit Lions, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Cincinnati Bengals. Scott also hosts the podcast Rivals with former NFL player Jason Buck.

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