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A Star Rockets Rookie Faces His Fear

By CHRIS DUNCAN, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Royce White couldn’t wait any longer. Last weekend, just before the Houston Rockets opened training camp, he called his agent and told him he had a problem. He needed to map out a plan for dealing with his general anxiety disorder and his fear of flying. It needed to be done before his first NBA season began. Before the brutal cross-country travel schedule kicked in and before the disorder got any worse. And if the Rockets, who drafted him 16th overall in late June, wouldn’t work with him, then he would […]

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How Mental Attitudes Shape Performance

Basketball psychology is in essence the study of how mental attitudes shape performance on the court. Basketball psychology studies have shown that although physical conditioning and teamwork are crucial to success in basketball, mental toughness is every bit as valuable as physical prowess. When the buzzer rings and the game is on, it’s the mental game of basketball’s particular hybrid of battle strategy and mental endurance that makes or breaks player’s performance. To say that sports psychology for basketball is of great importance would be putting it mildly. To properly analyze a player’s performance, basketball psychology has two crucial […]

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