Division from Within-
It is sometimes tough for a team to remain focused on the team. There are many forces which can tend to drive us to become selfish, focused on individual priorities, and lose focus on the team. Basic human nature tends to make us think I before We. Sometimes friends or family who are not as invested in TEAM, will encourage players to become self-centered. Experts in the dynamics of successful teams refer to the "diesease of me,"- teams cannot be successful when players become more concerned with their noteriety than the team and their teammates.
Too often teams and players can be misinterpreted by the public. The public can be fans, parents, and the community. "The Public" can mistakingly think the priority of the team is something different than the players and coaches believe is the priority of the team. The team- players and coaches- have to keep getting the message out- this is who we are, this is what we are about, this is what our goals are. If the team- players and coaches- don't keep publicly defining who they are then others will try to define them.
It is easy to say you want to win. It is easy to want to win and be excited in November. It is easy to be excited and want to win on game night. The key is whether players can make themselves excited, energized, and ready to work on a weekday in a cold gym when practice is going. A key is whether a player can focus and concentrate when they are into the second hour of practice. As Jerry West says, "You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good."