It takes more to be an NBA all-star than just being a great basketball player. Don’t believe us? Then listen to this story. A teenager always dreamed of playing basketball so he went out for his high school team. Sadly, he didn’t even make it through the first round due to having poor skills. Rather than giving up, he trained his heart out for an entire year and the next year made the team. That teen was Michael Jordan and this year of training gave him the tools he needed to become the greatest basketball star of all time.
At POWERHANDZ, we have helped basketball players hone their skills to master levels for years and have seen what it takes for them to go all the way. If you looked at every single NBA All-Star under a microscope to see why they are so great, you will find these traits everyone single one of them.
Drive to Get Better
There is nothing worse for an athlete, basketball player or otherwise, to say “Good enough.” If you are just content with how you are now, you will never even come close to being great. Michael Jordan himself has said “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” No matter how many times you win or lose, you need to have that desire to get better. Always look to improve yourself regardless of what happens. If you have the drive to improve your game and get better, you have one of the traits needed to be an all-star.
They say that fortune favors the brave, but what they don’t say is how confidence also is favored by fortune. You need to be able to walk onto the court and say, no matter who you are playing against, “I can win and I will win.” You have don’t just believe you can win and will dominate them on the court, know that you will. Don’t mistake confidence for arrogance, nothing will destroy you more than that. Being confident doesn’t just give you a cool head, it also has been proven to improve an athletes game drastically. Having proper confidence is exactly what you need to be one of the best. When you train with our weighted gloves, your hands will feel lighter when you take them off which will also elevate your speed and confidence.
Team member mentality
No matter how great a basketball player is, they will never reach the top without a willingness to be part of a team. Phil Jackson, a legendary NBA coach, and player, has said “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” All-Stars don’t try to do it all on their own or focus on themselves, they focus on the team. Being able to allow other people to help carry everyone to victory and recognizing their strengths is key to making it to the top. If even the best players in the game are willing to put their team first and not let their ego go to their heads, you can too.
All-Stars rarely play pick up games just for fun. Their strong competitive nature prevents them from doing something “just cause.” If you want to be the best, you more than likely have a huge competitive streak. Never being able to be second best and always wanting to be the best there is will give you the will to be a champion both on and off the court. It’s a good thing too especially if you learn to harness that drive and focus it when it matters most. Wanting to be the best at everything you do gives you that fire to make it to the top and there is no more useful tools than that. Let it fuel you and propel you to the stars.
A drive to improve, competitiveness and confidence plus team member mentality are all it takes to be one of the best there is. Don’t just look at Michael Jordan, look at all the best basketball players and they will have all of these traits in common. Best of all, these steps are easy to follow.
We don’t just treat you like another athlete at POWERHANDZ, we treat you like family. We make sure all of our gear will give you the most out of your workouts and take your training to the next level. We have an amazing basketball pack that will help any player surpass their own limitations with the game. Basketball isn’t the only sport we specialize in, we also have products for football, baseball, golf and more! Let us help you become the next Michael Jordan today! For more information on POWERHANDZ and what it takes to become an all-star, check out our blog.