Glass half full or glass half empty?
Heard recently from the AFL's ex-Essendon CEO I think it was, his philosophy on what makes a championship or premiership team.
From memory it was based on two key elements:
1. List Management.
2. Club culture.
I have thought these two things were keys to success for quite a while myself.
My opinion is that these two things will determine the NBL champion team in the end, so I guess it is interesting and will be so, to see how these two factors influence results now and going into the finals.
It isn't a coincidence, I believe, that teams on the up this season have also been the teams that have changed their culture, either overtly or as the result of astute decision making (players and coaching staff and organisation).
Managing the team list goes beyond just making sure players are fit and healthy in order to play more minutes. IMHO this factor is crucial and is impacted by psychological as well as physical elements, such as some of the following:
We have seen players lift and others drop away, based not only on injury but team dynamics, confidence from the coach, and the players or a lack of it etc...
Find the team which has these factors coming through in spades and you will likely find your NBL champs!