In an age of basketball dominated by quick scoring, “7 Seconds or Less Offense” and shot clocks, patience is a forgotten concept. The game is played at a fast pace, so most of us coaches practice fast and train our players to push the pace. And part of that is a reflection of not only our fast-paced society, but also a generation of players that has grown up experiencing their entire life in an instant gratification world. Patience is often foreign, to all of us, but as our celebration of Christmas closes, is a vital element in our Christian faith. Continue reading
Personal workout trainers have carved out a niche in the world of basketball as they conduct private, individual or small group workouts for NBA stars, future pros, and even young players trying to gain an edge. As a coach, I’ve had mixed feelings about placing individual development ahead of team development, but I understand it and know that pushing individual development can certainly help the team.
Recently, trainers working with elite NBA players have received some notoriety, even publishing books about their experiences. The first book I picked up was Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable by trainer Tim Grover. I struggled to finish it as it left me with an uneasy feeling as he described an ultra-competitive world of NBA stars in an attempt to motivate readers to tap into the same type of driven, laser-focused lives of great players like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Dwayne Wade. It was a shallow attempt that basically makes you feel that if you’re not driven to the point where you ruin every other aspect of your life, you’ll never be a superstar. It did provide some interesting insights – enough that it at least led me to pick up the recent release from another personal trainer, Idan Ravine. This time around, the quick read about Ravine’s style and purpose left me feeling better about the role that personal trainers can play and the role that passion plays in helping each of us make changes and improvements in our lives. Continue reading