I get asked about my life and journey all the time as a player and coach, so here you go. This is not a self promotion by any means, just evidence and inspiration for you to achieve your goals. It’s my way of paying it forward. I thank God every morning for allowing me to participate with an unwavering passion for life every day. I wanted to write about my first thoughts on Jan 1, 2013. As I was reading the “Word” (with some notes from Apostle Ron Carpenter) my mind started to roll out some thoughts that might help …
I realize the landscape of youth and high school basketball has changed drastically over the past 20 years and that players don’t really have a true ‘off-season’ anymore. While my prescriptions for each have been severely modified over the last decade, I still choose to divide the calendar year into 3 phases based on the typical high school season in the United States:
Off-season: April to August
Pre-season: September and October
In-season: November to March
In order to maximize workouts during any of these seasons, players need these 5 P.I.E.C.E.’s:
P…urposeful – The workout must address
Shooting is the number one fundamental that we work on every day in the NBA. I believe that when working with a player on his shot you should be as concise with your teaching points as possible. I also need to alert you that I break from traditional teaching in certain areas of shooting.
I concentrate a lot of my teaching on the beginning of the shot and the end of the shot, i.e., the feet and the follow through. Following are the key areas I stress in every shooting workout we have (my teaching points and phrases are in …
-It’s on your mind more than anything
-Your life revolves around the game
-You seek correction and development from respectable coaches and players
-You break down every fundamental and every situation that you see in your game and others
-You play it for fun
-You dream about playing
-You give your free time for the game
-You don’t go a day without doing something related to the game
-You practice alone as much as you do with other players or coaches
-You watch games
-You seek out competition
-You seek to expose your undeveloped skills
-You love a challenge and …
Every spring I get calls from dozens of NBA personnel inquiring about potential NBA draft pics. They know I have worked with most of the prospects before at events like the Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Skills Academies.
However, you’d be surprised at the questions they actually ask me.
Nearly every single question has to do with character, attitude or work ethic.
They never ask me about their athleticism or skills.
Why? If an NBA team is going to invest millions of dollars in a player, they need to know he is of high character, has an exceptional attitude and …
Here is a recent letter I wrote to some players. They asked me how to improve during the off season. They said there is so much information out there on improvement, what do I REALLY need to do? Here was my response:
Thanks for your interest in us and I know there is a ton of info out there. I hope we can make it very clear for you on what you need to do to get better. I can assure you, the below solutions WILL WORK if YOU DO!!
As the HS season winds down and the spring AAU …
DeMatha 55, St. John’s 54. 2.1 seconds left. St. John’s had ball on their baseline. We were one stop away from advancing to the WCAC semi-finals. They threw the ball just shy of mid-court. One of our players went for the steal (and missed it). Their player calmly caught it, pivoted, took one hard dribble and fired a shot from just inside half-court.
Swish. Buzzer sounded. Ref signaled ‘basket good.’ Their team, staff and fans rushed the court.
Game over, 57-55.
Those final 2 ticks of the clock summarized a very disappointing 2012-13 season.
But you know what?
The past …
No matter what line of work we’re in, we have people talking to us all the time, giving us never-ending information, and even offering us their opinions on what we should be doing.
We see this in athletics all the time, whether it’s family members, hangers-on, or close friends. Everyone has the answers for us. This is when it becomes dangerous, because if players listen to the wrong voices, they can seriously jeopardize their chances for attaining success.
A major key to growing and improving — and to reaching your goals — is to make sure you listen to the right …
Below are some nuggets on Michael Jordan. I just got back from Spain, where I ran his camp. We trained the top 40 players in Europe age 16. These guys were 6’4″ to 7’1″… Great, skilled players. Just when you get soft and think, you can play? Man, all these players would take your spot in a heartbeat, if you don’t work man!!
Michael Jordan was the best to ever to play the game. He lived it, he loved it, he was committed to it daily! You see people think commitment is saying you are going to do it, doing …
With most high school seasons approaching the playoffs and NCAA March Madness right around the corner, I felt it appropriate to dust off an old list I made in the fall of 2011 about the traits of great players.
You know my favorite part about this list? Nearly every trait is 100% controllable! They are characteristics that players choose to have! It doesn’t say, ‘great players… are 6’8”’ or ‘great players… can jump out of the gym.’
This is a list of traits that any player can make the conscious choice to work on and improve in practice and in …