“Ball Energy” – Festus Ezeli talks about the Golden State Warriors’ key to success

When Festus Ezeli signed the Golden State Warriors in 2012, they weren’t fans of the NBA, but according to the former position, the team’s philosophy of selfless teamwork was the secret to turning them into serial champions.

Nigeria midfielder Ezele won the 2015 NBA Championship with the Warriors, which has since been followed by further victories in 2017, 2018 and 2022. However, Ezele did not play any other role on the field after the first tournament under Steve Kerr, as injury disrupted his career. . .

Ezeli, who was at the University of Cape Town for NBA Africa Day with Rise Residential Summit, told ESPN: “I was drafted to the team in 2012. Right before that season, in 2011, we were the worst team in the NBA.

“We started this whole family race. We were young, we were naive. We just thought we could achieve these great things. We didn’t know how hard it would be along the way.

The college coach has this quote: “It’s amazing what can be achieved when no one cares who gets the glory. “That’s what this team is – just a team of amazing, amazing people with one goal working their tails off to get this selfless thing for everyone along the way.”

Ezeli was part of a panel discussion where he discussed lessons learned from his career, alongside leading basketball coach Liz Mills and former South African rugby star Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira.

Among the attendees were 100 teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17 from 42 countries who were selected as part of the Rise Project, which celebrates youth excellence.

In the panel discussion, Ezeli again touched on the Warriors’ approach to teamwork, revealing Kerr’s obsessive focus on passing the ball well.

He said: Wisdom [the Warriors] Still good because they learned something: after every game, they count all their passes. There are some matches we won with 30 and [the] “It’s not acceptable, because we didn’t get the number of passes we were supposed to get,” says the coach.

“The idea is that the ball is energy. If you move the ball, everyone is included. Going back to the original point I made for you: It’s amazing what can be achieved when no one gets the glory.”

Ezely, who left the Warriors in 2016 immediately after Kevin Durant joined, insisted KWD should be valued wherever he ends up next season.

Ezely said, “Kevin Durant is arguably one of the best basketball players in the history of the game. Any team he has around his team will be lucky and will be lucky to have him on their team. He will be beneficial and an asset to them.”

“I don’t understand NBA politics. I don’t play. There are people who get paid to do that, but I understand it’s an asset that everyone on their team should love.”

Durant won the NBA title with the Warriors in 2017 and 2018 and was the MVP of the Finals in both years. He joined the Brooklyn Nets in 2019, but it looks like he’s leaving after asking for a deal. The Boston Celtics is widely said to be his most likely destination.

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