Tryouts Nervousness

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Many players say something to me along the lines of, ‘I have a tryout coming up and (I’m nervous, I don’t know what the coaches are looking for, I want to impress, I don’t play as well in live situations as I do in practice or with my friends). What should I do?’

This is a stupid question on some levels because a lot of what players call ‘nervousness’ is just a lack of game — I can say this because I’ve been there. Every situation in my life in which I felt nervous before, basketball or not, was because I was not prepared for what was about to happen. When I went to tryouts for my high school varsity in the 9th grade, I was nervous as hell because I knew, deep down, that I was nowhere near ready to play for that team. That’s why I was nervous.

When I got invited to a gym to play pickup with some NBA players one Friday evening in the summer of 2011, there was no nervousness. By the summer of 2011, I knew I could play with anyone, no matter where or who. I was excited to go and play, because I knew I was going to do things in that gym that raised the perception of me as a player — both to myself, and to whomever was in there watching. And that’s exactly what happened.

So if you’re nervous the day before tryouts, I do have advice for you — go back in time 6 months and put in more work on your game so you are prepared for tomorrow.



  1. Aye dre, im 14 years old and ive been working on my handles and shooting, and layup. i havent made my 7th and 8th grade team sadly because the players were better and the coach barely even looked, im now going into 9th grade taller and badder i was wondering how you get a coaches attention because all my middle school year they looked at the better players

    please dont give a short answer, lol.

  2. I don’t agree with that though. Being nervous isn’t always a lack of game. Even some of the best artist in the world get nervous before a concert, but it doesn’t mean they can’t sing or rap. I think if you dig a little deeper its a mental thing, if you believe that you aren’t capable to play for a team, then you won’t…. know what I mean?

  3. I just gotta say that I get annoyed with you responding to these dumbass questions all the time. QandA thursday is good, but I’ve been with you for 3 years now. 90 % of the answers I already know. I’m bored with listening to the same shit all the time. Wonder how is it sayin it….
    btw- first thing when you write “dre b” in search bar in YT is “dre baldwin” after a long, long hold no. 1 spot by “dre beats”, congrats.

    • There are always be people with questions, and as long as ppl pick up the game, there will be questions. As for the search thing, that’s great, thanks for telling me! Gotta pass all the Dr Dre songs now.

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