At last year’s camp too many of the players were out of shape. For me it’s never acceptable to consider yourself an elite player if you’re not in elite condition. It frustrated me so much that I had to stop the camp and talk to the campers about it. It really bothered me. We even had to change the schedule because players were always at the physio’s with their bodies breaking down.
I came to find out that some people waited until they were selected to then start to work out before the camp. This is a really bad habit to have and a culture we must change. You have to always stay ready. Not just with your skills but with your conditioning. You should never have a reason to wait. The time is right now to put in all you have.
I’m writing this message to urge not just players who think they will make the Top 50 camp this year but to all players of all age and genders. Don’t for one second think you can take time off. I didn’t and it’s a big reason where I am today. I worked and continue to work everyday. There is a reason I’m able to play all these minutes in the NBA. I don’t cheat the game – I put in the work.
I don’t want to have to come to my camp again or go to any basketball clinic, camp or event and see kids out of shape. It’s not going to cut it but with many things in life it’s your choice. I know what I chose.
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