Work Your Body!

Back to the Ten Secrets to Basketball Sucess...4 of 10 Work your Body.There are no short cuts to success. Success requires good ole’ fashioned hard work. Tracy McGrady had two workouts a day – one in the a.m. and one in the p.m. before he started getting noticed as a major basketball player which allowed him to enter the NBA after high school. There’s a saying that goes "no pain – no gain." Start a workout program and be committed to it. Develop a specialized drill that will focus on the body parts that you need to develop. What’s important? How about these: "upper body strength" for stamina and mixing it up down low; "arms" for jump shot shooting and boxing out; "legs" for running up and down the court, vertical leap and endurance. Ok, now what do you need to do to develop these parts? Weight training, aerobic drills, squats, running up and down a hill, jumping rope, jogging? What about wearing a weight vest? How about using finger weights to develop your jump shots? How about working with a medicine ball? Whatever you do, do it regularly. It should become your routine that you are committed to doing. Eat right. Nourish your body. Limit the junk foods and fuel your body with foods like fruits & vegetables & complex carbohydrates. Sleep right. Get plenty of rest. Your body needs sleep to rejuvenate. Take vitamins. Check out a health food store and see what’s best for you. Talk with a health care professional and get the supplements that will work best for you and help you create the body you want. On a final note, Michael Jordan has been working with his trainer Tim Grover 4-6 hours every day to get in shape for his major comeback. There are no short cuts to success. Enough said? 4of 10

Chicago leads the NBA!

Chicago leads the NBA in the number of players from it's city.There are more players in the NBA from Chicago than any where in the world! 23..just like M.J.Let me give you the names....just in case you don't believe.1. Tony Allen-This guy has game!See him in the summer playing...OH Man! He's playing within the "Team" concept at Boston.Which hurt alot of young players,because it's tough to know when to go for self or play team ball.Playing "Team Ball" hurts when it's time to get paid/last year of a contract.2.Kevin Garnett-We take him as our very own...knowing he's from Mauldin,South Carolina.But, He moved to Chicago to live[KG didn't have much to eat,he was on the grind. He struggled was rough,plus living on the West Side! WOW!] and to play H.S. basketball...knowing it would help his game BIG TIME.Playing alone side a Chicago Urban Legend Ronnie Fields.3.Bobby Simmons-This guy is very good! From the South Side of Chicago. Injuries has slowed him...He's trying to get back to form.4.Luther Head-Money jumper,has to up his game a bit if he want to stick in the "L".5.Eddy Curry-Eddy is sorry. He has sooo much upside,not doing anything with it.I think the wealth has gotten him.He's not hungry anymore.Plus,the NBA has moved to long,skinny,fast running centers.6.Quentin Richardson-still has upside,wealth accumulation has gotten to him ??? When you get paid[become a young millionaire]it's hard to stay hungry on the B-Ball court.Maybe the death of his brother due to an attemped robbery a few years back could have something to do with it. Or him breaking up with Brandy?7.Antonine Walker-He gone! Nobody will pick him up after his contract expires.Good career,good days in Boston,ring in Miami.It's been One!8.Andre Iguodala-Great upside! He's a star!9.Melvin Ely-Must keep working hard! There's a ton of guys his size,and skill level.Got him a ring down in San Antonio.Life's Good!10.Julian Wright-A ton of upside here!He has to breakout!Otherwise...11.Michael Finley-It's Been One!Good career,down in Dallas,ring in San Antonio, Don't think he will get picked up after this season...unless he take a big pay cut.We'll see.12.Derrick Rose-Great up side! All-Star... HIS ROOKIE YEAR! NBA future Superstar...we'll have to see about that.!13.Steven Hunter-Only reason I see he's still in the "L" is...that he fit the mold of the new centers of the NBA...Long,Skinny,and can run.For a big man 7foot...he run like a gazalle.14.Will Bynum-Man! You see this guy in the summer? He got game!Will can score on anybody! Was killing em' overseas... Now he has to play within the confines of the NBA,plus,he's short which becomes a defensive liability.15.Corey Maggette-Got paid! He's still hungry...keep up the good work! Don't hurt to stay with trainer Tim Grover.16.Andre Brown-Has to find his's tough out there.Good young body.17.Shannon Brown-must find his way...this guy can play! Right now he need the minutes to show his wears.Hey,so do everybody else in the League.Good Luck! If he don't get on the court,and fast,Shannon will be overseas playing.Still Basketball...Still gettin' paid!18.Narz Mohammed-I think he never got over the death of his dad...a few years back,due to a robbery.I met Narz...he's a great guy!19.Shaun Livington-coming back from major knee surgery is going to be a major hurdle.20.Shawn Marion-He's from North Chicago...but, we claim him because,he played a ton of ball in the Chicagoland area.All-Star,Top 20 NBA talent.21.Dwyane Wade-What can I say...He's Back!Strong as ever,back to top form.Top 10 NBA talent.I remember him at Foster Park...The things he use to do back then...He's still doing now! WOW!22.Dee Brown-hang in there Dee!23.Linton Jonhson-This guy just need a chance.He can play! Come from a good family that include...Chicago Urban Legend:Mickey Johnson.The NBA's first Point Forward! Players lossed: Jawan HowardIt's Been One! Great career,signed a record NBA contract some years back...I think like 187mil. over ten years.It was Crazy money!Jannero Pargo-Overseas getting paid a record contract for himself...I think 5mil. a year. I can almost say...Can't confirm untill I do more research,that Chicago leads the History of NBA with the most players from any city. That's saying something! What? If you want to get your game on...if you want to get your game strong...and your mind come to the Chi. Chicago is the MECCA OF BASKETBALL! Did anybody see the NBA Steal of the Night?11/24/08. Chicago flavor Will Bynum taking candy from a baby Sebastian Telfair.

Create An Action Plan

Your plan is the roadmap to achieving your Vision. What’s your plan of attack? How are you going to become the player that you want to be? You must have a Plan of Action. That means, you must write down what you are going to do. Start by taking your vision statement and further developing it into your Plan of Action. Take the individual steps as your goals. For example, If one of your goals is to become great at shooting free throws, your Plan of Action could be – take 200 shots a day. Kobe Bryant once had a goal, during the off-season, to take 2,000 shots everyday. How about that goal! How about developing a plan to make the school varsity basketball team? First thing you would do is to write down this goal. Next, would be a list of the things you need to do to achieve this goal. (practice daily working to improve your individual skills; join tournaments to develop your competitive edge; work out daily to develop your body; eat right and get plenty of rest; and never stop learning). Whatever your goal, establish a program to improve your present position. Goals are nothing without an action plan to achieve them. Don’t be afraid to get started. Don’t allow other people to distract you from completing your goals or your action plan. Focusing on your goals is a 24/7 job. The start of your action plan is the beginning of building your leadership qualities and every test you face as a leader begins within yourself. That’s why it’s important to complete your action plan because you can’t lead anyone else if you can’t lead yourself to complete an action plan. Face the "leadership challenge" – translation: size up every thing you do–your successes and failures. Learn from them. Ask yourself, "What did I do well or What do I need to improve upon?" Your areas of improvement are your mistakes, but keeping things in a positive mindset you call your mistakes your areas of improvement. Focusing on the solutions. But remember, The key is to write down your plan. Now, do it! 3of 10