Watching the 2012 NBA playoffs has made me realize a few things about competition.
Weaker teams can still compete and win against a better team if they have two things: confidence and intensity.
Watching the Pacers/Heat series thus far has made me appreciate the Indiana Pacers and their ability to not be intimidated, have supreme confidence, and play with an intensity that is unmatched. I can honestly say that I don’t think there is any question in the minds of the Pacers that they think they are going to win the series (at least up to this point). They walk around the court knowing that they belong there. They also are playing with a tenacity and intensity that is rarely seen these days in professional basketball.
Will they win the series? I don’t know. But that’s not the point. The point is that they are able to give themselves an opportunity to win simply because they have confidence and play with intensity.
You can learn a lot from this.
Compete with a purpose. I don’t care if it’s shooting around in your driveway or you’re involved in the NBA playoffs. Go out there and get it done.
Keep your intensity up. I don’t need you to be up in someone’s grill (ie Granger) but I do want you to bring a certain level of intensity to your training and playing. If you’re lifting, lift with intensity, if you’re practicing – practice with intensity! I’d much rather see my athletes play harder for a shorter period of time than to simply drag their sorry selves around the court for 6 hours.
Develop confidence. This comes from practice and belief. If you haven’t read my UnLimited manual yet now is a great time (http://theunguardables.com/unlimited). Confidence is something that is built and developed by putting in the needed work and effort. If you want to be confident in your FT shooting, shoot 100FT’s a day for months and I guarantee you’ll be much more confident in making them.
I want you to make sure that the next game between the Pacers and Heat you pay attention to the body language of the Pacers. They’re a big time underdog, but to be honest you wouldn’t know it. They’ve got those two things that someone or some team needs if they’re going to do something special: confidence and intensity. Make sure you have the same.
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