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There are plenty of components which go into the making of a great basketball team (or other sport team, for that matter). It certainly helps if you have some very talented players on the squad. Most teams, if they're lucky, get one or maybe two exceptional players who are surrounded by the other associates that have a very range of talents and abilities. Even though many coaches and team managers would no doubt love to assemble a group made up only of superior players, that is not very realistic. You build around your best players and you expect all team members to do their jobs towards the better of their abilities.

What is it, though, which makes some teams much better than the remainder? Certain teams appear to be relatively evenly matched with the teams they compete against as far as raw talent is concerned but play simply better than the majority of those teams.

Besides talent, there are more ingredients that must be present in order for any team to really shine. One of those ingredients is cohesiveness. The players have got to share the ball, be able to read one another, to know their role and become willing to execute their plays. If this doesn't happen, it doesn't really matter how talented the individual players are, it does not equate to long-term success.

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Energy is yet another ingredient that is absolutely necessary to a winning team. It's easy to get off track when the play is slow and inefficient. The rhythm that seems to be the special moment component in winning teams doesn't happen if you find deficiencies in energy. It takes energy and hustle to move the ball on the floor quickly and only hand them back to another player who is inside a stronger position to get it to the basketball goal in order to cover the cost of the shot yourself.

Determination and confidence will also be essential elements within a winning squad. It's pretty difficult to play your best ball (or anything else) if you don't feel like you are going to be successful. You have to keep at attitude that you can get the job done even when you might find yourself in a bit of a slump. History indicates that in many instances, individuals and teams came back from some pretty dismal odds to obtain the win. While being talented is great, it isn't enough. To become a successful team there are other elements that need to be in the equation.

Posted Mar 18, 2013 at 2:53pm