Training Like an NBA Athlete

I once observed Idan Ravin implementing a full court fast-break drill at a workshop. It was something like this: Grab a long rebound from an area somewhere between the three-point and free throw line, take only two or three generously striding dribbles towards the other basket, dunk. 

And repeat 9 times. 

It's almost astonishing to see him in his element when he's training someone, not only because of the workout's intensity but because of how he's so locked in and committed to making his client better. While I can't claim to know him personally, in my brief encounters with him I observed that the man has tremendous work ethic, humility and a special rapport with his clients. 

This article sheds light on some of that and I look forward to reading his book published last year. 

*Update 3/30/15*

Just finished reading Mr. Ravin's book The Hoops Whisperer and I honestly can't remember the last time I read something in as few sittings. A very entertaining read for basketball enthusiasts, aspiring entrepreneurs and anybody chasing a dream. For me, I think part of the appeal of Ravin's narrative is that he had humble beginnings and a strong work ethic that helped him achieve the American dream, despite doing so in an unconventional route. 

The theme of spirituality resonated well with me throughout the text as Ravin acknowledges having a rather strict and even limiting religious/cultural upbringing, but he never once renounces it as it appears to have shaped his personality and ability to connect with people on a deeper level. He has strong bonds with both of his traditional parents and cites them as influential sources of support throughout his professional endeavors, no matter how meandering the road. Even though his upbringing may have prevented him from gaining access to resources that could have resulted in a more straightforward path towards a basketball-related career, all the pieces eventually fell into place with hard work and the end justified the means. Faith, however one may interpret the word, has a huge role in his story and convictions about life.

All in all, the themes of the book extend well beyond just basketball and encourages the reader to go all in with whatever you're passionate about. Here's a weird comparison--if you saw Jiro Dreams of Sushi, you'll enjoy The Hoops Whisperer. It just leaves you with the desire to passionately pursue your dreams and to fall in love with your work.