Why Your Teammates Don’t Pass You The Ball

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  1. You’re not (as) good (as you think/say you are). If you were, they would give you the ball.
  2. You’re waiting on/expecting them to just give it to you — if you really want the ball, go get the damn ball. Grab a rebound. Create a turnover on defense and run the floor in transition if you aren’t dribbling. Call for the ball while moving towards it – assertively. Do something with the ball when you do get it.
  3. Bitching about a situation very rarely brings about the change you want. Usually, bitching about it further entrenches people in their current positions — the very thing you were bitching about — and makes it even harder to bring about change. People would sooner get rid of a bitching group/team member rather than appease that one unhappy person. Easier to just eliminate you.
  4. You’re complaining instead of taking action. Action is the cure for your sorrows — and not action in the form of taking. Think of what you can actually, physically DO to change the situation, and do your first thought. No matter the outcome, it is infinitely better than complaining.



  1. I’m smaller and haven’t had many chances to prove myself. How do I get them to see that I can play?

  2. A guard missing a shot doesn’t necessarily mean 1) he shouldn’t have shot the ball 2) the “big” should’ve received the ball instead

    Calling for the ball, at any position,
    doesn’t necessarily mean you deserve to have it passed to you. As some coaches say, you’re open for a reason.

    The blanket cynicism about ballhogging teammates serves more as a built-in excuse for weak players than an accurate description of basketball in general. This is not an acceptable mindset for a player whose aim is to move up in levels.

    • It’s not about the levels at all. 5-year-old players can pass just as freely as pros; every player and situation is different. Playing in the post as a pro doesn’t mean you’ll be getting the ball.

      Any blanket statement about how players play based on position/level of play are, by default, false.

      There is no such thing as playing “correctly,” as the game has only three objectives: Score, Stop them from scoring, Have the most points. Everything else is a means, not an end.

      Ball hogging is a matter of opinion, not science. If I shoot the ball 50 times, you may feel I’ve hogged the ball. My coach may be mad I didn’t shoot it more often. Neither is right nor wrong. Ball hogging only exists for the person who doesn’t have the ball, or empathizes with this player.

      The point is, when you have enough game, you cannot be “ball hogged” by a teammate.

      It is a mindset, not a calculation of passes and FGAs.

      • This is simply not true. The game doesn’t happen in these absolutes. Great thing about basketball is, anyone can have the ball at any time. No player is limited by the whims of any other – unless they decide they are.

        Coaches and parents who think like you – and there are many – are the source of these bad ideas and self-imposed limitations.

        It’s not an argument, as much as it’s a spectator saying what he thinks – from watching – speaking at a player/author who is speaking on what he knows – from doing. It’s why bball players come to me and pay me for advice. And spectators come to me to get heard, since they wouldn’t otherwise.

        The experts create what the spectators talk about. The expert lane is always wide open, by the way.

        It’s an accurate metaphor for life itself.

        Thanks for reading!

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