Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Gold Standards

The following standards were developed entirely by the members of  the 2008 USA Men’s Basketball Team. Each member signed the document. 

  1. No Excuses
    • We have what it takes to win
  2. Great Defense
    • This is the key to winning the gold
    • We do the dirty work
  3. Communication
    • We look each other in the eye
    • We tell each other the truth
  4. Trust
    • We believe in each other
  5. Collective Responsibility
    • We are committed to each other
    • We win together
  6. Care
    • We have each other’s backs
    • We give aid to a teammate
  7. Respect
    • We respect each other and our opponents
    • We’re always on time
    • We’re always prepared
  8. Intelligence
    • We take good shots
    • We’re aware of team fouls
    • We know the scouting report
  9. Poise
    • We show no weakness
  10. Flexibility
    • We can handle any situation
    • We don’t complain
  11. Unselfishness
    • We’re connected
    • We make the extra pass
    • Our value is not measured in playing time
  12. Aggressiveness
    • We play hard every possession
  13. Enthusiasm
    • This is fun
  14. Performance
    • We’re hungry
    • We have no bad practices
  15. Pride
    • We are the best team in the world and we represent the best country


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