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One of the questions that I like to ask my athletes is, "If we have 10 seconds left in the game and we get the last shot, and your coach calls a timeout and draws up a play for you, where do you want the ball, what move are you going to make, and what shot are you going to take?

Most of my athletes can't answer that question at first, and that is okay. But figure it out, and then work on it. An important skill is your ability to know what your spots are and how to get to your spot every time.

Phil Handy is an NBA coach who trains some of the best players in the world, like Lebron James and Kyrie Irving. Handy told a group of campers a story about how insane Kobe Bryant’s work ethic was, and how he mastered certain shots.

Handy said, “Kobe would come in at 5:00 in the morning and say, PH, I just want to stay on the left block, and he would do the same move for 45 minutes. He would be soaked; drenched. Do you know how hard it is to stay in one spot and do the same rep over, and over, and over again for 45 minutes? Try staying in the same spot for 10 minutes. It's not only hard on the body; it's the mind. You become locked-in mentally. You begin playing a mental game with yourself - How long can I concentrate on this one thing right now?"

Figure out what your go-to move is, your spot, and your shot. Then practice it over and over again until you can't miss.


1 - What is your biggest takeaway from the video?

2 - Have you ever worked on one thing for 45 minutes straight? Could you do it?

3 - What is one move that you need to work on for 45 minutes straight?

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