I was the odd one out. Always.
The Law of Averages, Every shooter’s nightmare.
Greatness, to me, is the repeated, consistent effort to achieve greatness. It is that undying, unfaltering, unwavering hard work that I believe not only defines greatness, but defines a person’s worth. It doesn’t matter what that greatness is, as long as the achiever has done everything humanely possible to achieve that greatness, they are great. To me, with that hard work comes the accomplishments, but, it is not the accomplishment that defines us, but the way we accomplish.
Blood is not the only family, but merely the first we ever know.
Ever since I started playing basketball, I knew the NBA was never in my future.
People Change, Ideas Change, Goals Change.
There will be a time where hard work will fail you.
In order to make JV, I’ll have to fill a need.
Think of it like innovation.
Innovative products, by their nature, require a need.
A need from a community drives the process of innovation to fill that need.
The same is true for a basektball team.
A coach has certain needs that need to be filled on his team, and if you can’t fill a useful need, you get cut, its simple.
Right from the beginning of my career, I knew I wasn’t a superstar.
I wasn’t athletic, I wasn’t strong, I wasn’t even coordinated.
But I had an intense passion for the game, and was an extreme hustle player, and in the beginning, that was the need I filled.
But as the compitition got stronger and taller, I needed to fill another niche to keep progressing, and thats when I progressed myself into an ok shooter, and that niche carried me through my Freshman and Sophomore year.
But the jump to JV, will require me to become a “Dead Shot” according to my JV coach, and thats not a difficult task, just a tedius one, as shooting is not a task of talent like size, but a task of form and hard work.
My plan is take 90 “form shots” from around the paint a day, and 10 free throws a day, and that equals a 100 shots a day from now till my JV tryout, which I’ve counted out to 278 days.
Which equals 27800 shots till JV year, in minimum, if we assume I only shoot the minimum 100 a day.
I’m 65% from 3 in practice, and I hope to improve to the late 70′s-earl 80′s by the end of the summer, as well as extend my range to the volleyball line and beyond, where I’m around 50% in practice.
But the more needs I fill, the more chance I’ll have of making the team, so I’m going to get a lot more athletic and make myself alot faster by working out with my family friend, Coach Kenny, who played 4 years at Long Beach State, which I hope will turn me into an elite defender.
I would tell you to to wish me luck, but I don’t leave things to luck, only hard work will get me to where I want to be, not luck.
I wish there was a more soft way of saying this, but to be honest, Crew is done.
If you play basketball on any level, and you’re not an excellent shooter, it might not be your fault, you’ve been taught the wrong way for your entire life.