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Q: I’m in the 8th grade going onto to high school next year and I play point guard. I know playing nervous and scared are on your FAQS but why am I scared to make moves. I always hear people say I’m good but in games I’m scared of getting ripped so I subconsciously try my best not to make moves. Can you tell me why that is? I have pretty good ballhandling skills and a great shot but on my school team and my AAU team I played like this. I’m not scared of anything other than this by this prevents me from getting past the other guards. I get ripped every now and then which makes it worse, that feeling. It’s really stressful and irritating because I can’t play to my potential. That stress is so annoying because when I watch other kids play it’s not there. I feel like I’m running out of time to fix this before high school. So what do you have to say? You probably get a thousand of these and want to hit me upside the head but why am I like this?
A: Did you read my post? If so, there are no magic words left for me to change your behavior, that’s your job.