There is a distinct difference between confidence out on the basketball court and cockiness out on the basketball court. Confidence is defined as an athlete who is sure of his/her abilities and gets the job done. She or he knows that basketball is a team game and praises his/her teammates – giving them credit where credit is due. Cockiness is defined as an athlete who is sure of his/her abilities, just like someone with confidence; however, they take it a step further. He or she knows they’re good and makes sure everyone around them knows it too. They are never at fault if the ball is turned over, or the ref makes a call — it’s always someone else’s fault. I found a poem, by Tom Krause that talks about being cocky and realizing that no matter how good we are, we always have room for improvement.
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