Pat Riley, legendary coach of the “Showtime” Lakers once said, “great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers.” When thinking about what all the great teams have in common I came to the conclusion that teamwork, communication, and great leadership are all the attributes great teams shared. It doesn’t matter what sport you’re talking about, all the great teams have all those traits in common. The ability to play together, function as a team, and work towards a common goal is what teamwork is all about. The ability to speak to your team-mates and coaches in a way that lets everyone understand each other better and leads to the ability to support each other is what communication embodies. A player or players who can be counted on to lead through example or vocally is what great leadership encompasses. These things have to be present in team and it applies to both offense and defense. If a team has great teamwork and great communication on offense, but not on defense then they will ultimately lose to team that will outscore them and vice versa. The difference between a good team and a great team is that a great team will consistently and passionately have these three attributes happening on a daily basis on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.