I recently observed a soccer practice. The team was playing a small-sided 5 v. 5 game, and the coach became increasingly perturbed by the play of one of the players. In a calm voice he told three of the players on one of the team’s to step off leaving this player alone save a goalie. For three of four minutes, the player hustled, won the ball, played the ball, and in one sense competed admirably against superior numbers. The coach intervened and asked, “what’s changed?”, before the player could answer, the coach added, “for you, nothing.”
The player’s game derived no benefit from his teammates. He did not connect with them in any meaningful way, and was lost in his own individuality.
I encountered a similar player today my noon basketball game. He arrived late, and I had never seen him play before. He was, by the standard of our…
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