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Ballin’ On A Budget

Summer is coming to an end, and with that we look to the time when basketball season will be starting. Most players have been working hard on doing the things most ballers do to enhance their abilities. For those of you who haven’t, the window to make any marked improvements is starting to close. This piece is geared to those of you who have decided, now is the time to start getting right.

My first piece of advice is to take stock of your “team”. You know, the people you trust to help get you right, the people whose sole interest is you becoming the player you want to be. Everyone has a different sense as to how they make their squad up. You may have a “skills guy”,” a fitness guy” and a “get ready guy”. People who have well defined roles in your quest to be the man. I’m writing strictly from the position of the “fitness guy”. 

When a basketball player wants me to get involved I initially layout my perspective of what it is I am working to accomplish. First and foremost, basketball is played at both ends of the floor, my goal is to create an athlete that who will be competent on the defensive end of the floor. A person who may score 30 and not get lit up for 40. A person who can be a truly dominant on the ball defender (shout out to all of the athletes who have trusted my vision and went on to do some great things.)

When putting your team together, keep this in mind, please don’t go in expecting your team to work for free. Please go in with the mindset that you respect what it is that they bring to your situation and offer some type of compensation. It doesn’t always have to be money, here is where you want to think creatively if money may be an issue for you. Also keep in mind that your ability to negotiate may take a hit if you come in wearing $200.00 shoes and fresh Nike gear head to toe. I’m just saying you may not want to spend all of your money on the latest gear. I once had a coach describe a player to me he said, “that kids has on $100.00 shoes, and has a ten-cent game”. Don’t be that guy.