The concepts highlighted in this article apply to more than just sport. Overthink things when dancing with your partner, and you end up outthinking yourself. Excerpts are below, with the link to the entire article at the bottom.
"'The way [Duncan] plays is so methodical, but at the same time he doesn't overthink the game,' [Blake] Griffin said after the game. 'That's something I want to get to.'
This was a very nuanced parallel Griffin constructed to describe what Duncan does on the court. We usually regard "method" as something that results from a great deal of thought, but here's Griffin drawing a distinction: For all of Duncan's technique, he rarely trips himself up with complexities. He rarely pauses, hedges or becomes paralyzed by choices.
Duncan has distilled the game down to its essentials..."
"...Unthinking is the ability to apply years of learning at the crucial moment by removing your thinking self from the equation.
Malcolm Gladwell addressed this notion in his book, Blink. Practice, experience -- what athletes commonly call 'reps' -- help develop strong instincts. Duncan has them, as does Federer, Djokovic and most other top-flight talents. Gladwell wrote that the best way to achieve maximum results is to deploy those instincts decisively, without deliberation or rifling through too much information at the moment of reckoning. The expertise acquired over years and years will act as a guide..."
The Unthinking Brilliance of Tim Duncan
The philosophy behind good social dancing, leading, following, and topics that discuss more than just Salsa Cubana.