Progressing From Individual Play To Team Play 

The best coaches are flexible with their coaching strategies. 
Your team actually dictates the type of basketball games you play from season to season.  As individual players' skills develop so will your underlying basketball theory.  Your opponents also dictate your basketball coaching strategies from game to game, half to half and quarter to quarter.  Ultimately a basketball team decides its own destiny.  Peer pressure is one of the strongest motivators human beings experience. Coaches have the responsibility to become a better coach, teach, organize and motivate; but athletes respond to peer motivation and peer pressure at a much deeper level than any ever achieved by a coaching staff.

Some players are better motivators (communicators?) than others, those special players become team captains.  A properly prepared team is self policed, self coached and create their own goals.  On a properly prepared team the role of a coach, besides teaching history and rules, is that of an overseer, a teacher and a guide; great coaches frequently find themselves, sometimes unintentionally in this position.  Some coaches are insightful enough to recruit a third party (parent, girlfriend, boyfriend, teacher, counselor, friend, wife, partner, etc.) to help a future team captain realize the role that player's destined to play.  Through out the history of basketball team captains and coaches have forged special bonds.  When you're coaching basketball you need to help team captains develop.  Leadership may seem to come naturally but dealing with unique individuals in a team atmosphere, sometimes under pressure situations imposed by games, should be learned behaviors a coach must anticipate and prepare team captains to handle.  This preparation includes life lessons other players may not need.  Team captains must be educated to carefully choose words before speaking; the weight of their words exemplifies the gravity of peer pressure more than any other situation.  A coach is responsible to lend wisdom to team captains which in turn make team captains wise beyond their years.  It's no coincidence most championship teams are led by the wisest of team captains and students of the game.  Of course there are exceptions to the rule, but history cautions us not to bet against the math.

Team captains become liaisons between a coach and the team.  Coaches are sometimes flabbergasted at the breadth of problems players need to work through in order to be 100% into playing and thinking basketball.  Frequently players will not divulge these life situations to a coach but will discuss them with other players.  Sometimes, if these players respect the wisdom of the team captain, they will bring these situations forward in hopes the team captain will intuitively know the best way to guide a fellow teammate and ultimately the entire team.  All basketball teams are a hodge-podge of players from differing backgrounds, life experiences and heritages with varying skill levels, abilities, mental/emotional capacities, desires/drives, wants/needs, strengths/weaknesses and personalities.  Basketball theory says the more players learn from, learn about, and understand each other the more players understand about themselves and about their basketball goals.  As players grow and learn about themselves the more capable they are of communicating with and assisting their teammates in growing and the circle of life goes around and around and around.  As individual teammates grow transformations take place and a basketball team develops... and basketball theory says a team will beat a collection of ‘super-stars.'  Of course there are exceptions to the rule, but basketball history cautions about betting against the math.

Basketball's history is weighed down with ‘super' players that do not have ‘champion' attached to their name at any level of play, AAU, high school, college, even professionally they never experienced feeling like a champion.  Some of the greatest basketball players ever to lace up shoes have never felt like a champion!  TEAM.  Actually that's all there is to basketball theory.

There are volumes upon volumes written about basketball rules, passing, dribbling, shooting and plays.  There are volumes upon volumes upon volumes written on offense and defense.  However there is not, nor will there ever be, enough information written on the theory of basketball as a team sport.  Life is about learning.  Teamwork teaches life. 
The more we know about life the better citizens we become.  Good and thoughtful citizens ultimately, by design, are the best teammates.  So the theory of living a happy healthy life and basketball theory are distilled down to a common denominator; TEAM.  Actually that's all there is.
Why do you think basketball's called a team sport?