One of my favorite memories growing up is when this old guy who lived in our apartment building bought a brand new basketball court up in the parking space. That was the day I fell in love with the game. It gave me purpose. To live. To breathe. I wanted to succeed. And I was going to have to work for it. Healthy motivation and dedication enabled me to get a full scholarship to University (California State-Northridge). I finished my degree and got inducted into the Hall of Fame in the same year. These are occasions which first boosted my athletic career as a player and later my business career as a creative entrepreneur.
Adonis Jordan is a person who motivated me to prepare for Europe. He and I would workout every day in the summers (at my university). At the time he was playing pro ball all over Europe as well as Australia and was also a former big time college star at the University of Kansas.
I learned work ethic and there was no easy way around it. He trained hard and I trained harder (trying to keep up). Every day. Indoors, outdoors, ran hills, put in extra hours at the weight room. (He showed me training from the highest level and some philosophies of the great basketball minds.) Practice is practice but work is work.