Can you please introduce yourself?My name is Josiah Spears and I am 17 yrs old and I’m from San Francisco, California.This is my first year at ISB.What experience are you going to talk about in your life?I am going to talk about the experience I had playing basketballsince the 4th grade andthe valuable lessons that I have learned from it.What are the four ways of knowing and which ones will you be covering?The four ways of knowing are perception, language, reason and emotions.Perception is our view of the world through our five senses.Language is form of communicating that is rule-governed, intended, creative, andopen-ended.Reason isthe power of comprehending, inferring, or thinking especially in orderlyrational ways. It is using logic to solve problems and come to conclusions whether that bedeductively or inductively.Emotions is derived from the Latin word movere, to move, and refers to feelings,passions, and moods.The two ways of knowing that clearly apply to my basketball experience our reason andemotion.How does reason apply to basketball?In any sport but especially basketball, reason and emotion are essential character traits fora player who wants to be effective and prolific. Reason enables a player to make smartand intelligent plays with the basketball in his hands and even when he or she does nothave the ball. Without reason, I would not know the right circumstances under which todribble the ball toward the basket for a lay-up or rather to pull-up for a jump shot. Iwould not know when or where to pass the ball to a teammate for a nice assist. Also,without reason I would not be able to play efficient defense because I would not knowwhether to play zone or man defense. Reason also helps me recognize weaknesses in anopponents game that allow me to exploit them when they are on offense. For example, Iusually observe my opponent carefully to see which hand is his strong hand, the one hedribbles with. Then, I use reason to design methods of forcing him to dribble with hisweak hand, which usually allows me to steal the ball quite easily. As a point guard, Imust have reason in order to discern what defense the opponent is running, either man orzone, and then I use reason to determine what play will work best to exploit theweaknesses of the defense so that my team can score. The best basketball players havegreat basketball I. Q., which is reason. Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan are two of thegreatest basketball players to ever play the game. One of the reasons for this, is that theyhave unmatched Basketball I.Q. This high Basketball I. Q. allows them to know the righttime to pass the ball to an open teammate for an easy shot or, to drive the lane for thelayup, or to shoot the jump shot.
Why is emotion important in basketball?Although reason is important in basketball, emotion is also just as important in order tobe successful. A player may have all of the reason in the world but if he does not haveemotion he will have no motivation or passion to play the game. He will have no reasonwhy to play the game. Plus, if someone relies too much on reason then he will hesitatebefore he makes any decisions. This is a problem in basketball because in order to beeffective you must be able to make decisions in a split of a second. Indecisiveness usuallyresults in a turnover, bad passes, or a bad decision. This is where emotion comes in toplay. Emotion helps a basketball player to react quickly. Using intuition and hours ofpractice a player learns to act naturally or instinctively when certain situations presentthemselves.If a player can channel his emotions he can use the energy he gains from themto overpower less passionate opponents. Controlled passion is one aspect that allowspeople to play at their highest level. I can tell when I am really passionate about a gamebut am still under control. I play better. In fact, my best performances have come when Ihave controlled but very strong emotions. However, I have to agree with the James LangeTheory. When I am having a good shooting night and make 2 or 3 threes in a row thenmy emotions become very strong and I continue to play well. However the physicaleffects come first and then the emotions follow as a result of the physical action ofshooting very well, which is exactly what James Lange said. Emotion is very pertinent ifa player wants to play at a high level.Which one is more important in basketball emotion or reason?I think that their both equally important. As already stated, without emotion I could notmake decisions quickly or efficiently. However, too much motion causes me too either toplay too fast or too sloppy. Think of emotion as the engine to the car. It gives me powerto play hard and my best. Think of reason as the tires of the car- it controls, guides andregulates my emotion. A car without an engine cannot run, and a car without tires isineffective as well. A car needs both the engine and the tires to run effectively. The samething is true with me as the player. I need emotion so I can have energy but I also needreason to guide the energy. Without one I am ineffective, I must have both.What has basketball taught you?Basketball has taught me to balance my reason and emotion.Where can you apply what you have learned?I can apply the lesson of balancing my reason and emotion to almost any decision in life.However, when I am in college I can specifically apply this lesson. I am going to studyelectrical engineering in college and will need reason to do well in the course. Withoutreason I will not do well in my classes. I also will need also need emotion to give memotivation to study hard and be successful in college as well. Without a balance of theseI will not be successful in college.