Well, very early on, I started building relationships with all these US Customs Inspectors as they rotated around to the various international airlines located at LAX. Before long, the US Customs Inspectors started seeing me through the window, would call me back to talk to me, and clear my paperwork ahead of other brokers and folks picking up airline containers of in-bond air freight.
It was funny, if I was having a particularly good game that day, invariable, someone on the opposing team that had never played with me before, would call out, “Block his shot!” And one of his teammates or mine that had seen me play before would stand up on my behalf say, “He can play now, he play.” It was great to get that validation of your game. I am telling you, though, there were some great players there that were head and shoulders above the rest.
In it Jerry West says if you want to be a great shooter or play in the NBA, you need to shoot 500-600 shots a day. Wow, I thought, that is a lot of shots! But that became my new goal. Now I don’t know how many shots Larry Bird, Dirk Nowitzki, Dale Ellis, Ray Allen, Del Curry or his son Steph Curry shot, just some of the great shooters in my lifetime, but I am sure they shot a great deal to be so accurate.
After reverse slamming the ball through the rim and net my momentum carried me backwards on the way down and I hit the back of my head on the pad on the bottom of the backboard with a slight jolt stopping my momentum backwards. Fortunately for me the backboard had a pad, otherwise I may have been knocked out or cut my head open.
Sometimes it took a great deal of practice to perfect a new skill and wouldn't work that well the first few times I tried it. But with practice and visualization of a player who already perfected that skill, you can run that video in your mind and start doing it yourself. Visualization helped me a great deal as a player because if I put in the time to practice that skill, when it came time for execution of that move, it came naturally.