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Rogers Park, Inglewood

Back in the mid-80’s when I was training and working on my game for an upcoming NBA Summer Pro League tryout, I asked Larry Creger, President of the Summer Pro League, “Where do many of the best locally talented players play?”   Larry answered me, “Rogers Park, a gym located in Inglewood, CA.”  Rogers Park was located not too far from the Fabulous Forum where the Los Angeles Lakers played.  Larry said, “That is where the real talent competes.”  I also found out from Larry that Rogers Park is the gym where the Lakers used to practice when the Forum was being used for concerts etc.   Along with Larry Creger, Paul Pierce and James Worthy also said the same thing...

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NBA Logo Says You Have to Shoot

When I was first in Jr. High I admit, I didn’t have a desire to read books.  That is, until I discovered books about current and former NBA legends of that time.  I love to read books or chapters of books about Bill Russell, Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain, “The Big O” Oscar Robertson, “The Hawk” Connie Hawkins or “Mr. Clutch” Jerry West.  These books endeared me to basketball even more and gave me a motivation to practice harder, to achieve, but most of all to dream big. I recall a book about Jerry West, called Mr. Clutch the Jerry West Story. Did you know that the NBA logo is taken from an image of Jerry West dribbling down the court?...

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The Art of the Dunk!

The Art of the Dunk When I was in 7th or 8th grade in my early years of playing basketball, I would call my teammates and say, “Do you want to play some basketball at Morningside Elementary?”  This was my first experience in sales.  I would try to convince the guy I was calling to join us because “so and so is coming if you’re coming.” The goal was to have at least eight guys to go 4 on 4.  Many times, just like sales, I would have to call back and confirm to say, “Yes, Joe is coming if Rick and Paul are coming” and so forth. One of the reasons we liked to play at Morningside was that...

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VISUALIZATION ON THE COURT

Visualization - This is a term and method used by many athletes when working a new skill or particular move in their sport.  Visualization, which comes by observing an advanced athlete perform on the field or the court, can really aid you in perfecting a new skill.  For example, while trying to improve my basketball skills in high school, college and even the pro's overseas, I would watch a great deal of NBA pro players that were highly skilled in their abilities -- moves, dribbling, shooting and even their movements without the ball.  I would then practice those things for hours on the court by myself and then try to do it in a game when you can't predict what...

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