Steph Curry Wit Da Shot
Basketball In The Early Days
I was thinking about the story I told you about how I got started, and how I grew up. But I said something in that story about my mom where she said, “you know, maybe you should find something else to do, maybe you should quit”.
It made me think. So I want to go into story mode and give you a little background. I think that’s one of the few times my mom has ever suggested that I quit something. We come from a family that doesn’t preach quitting.
So let me go into a little detail. It was a youth basketball season and at the time I felt as if I was a good basketball player. I can remember practicing in the backyard just taking a bunch of shots and running my own drills.
I had a pretty good shot.
But I used to play at Fairfield, a community park, and at Fairfield when you were in the lower levels, they had the eight-foot baskets and it was an attachment that was attached to the regulation 10-foot goal.
Fairfield had a really nice facility, their basketball court had the glass backboards and made you feel like you were in the NBA or something.
…Anyways, I just remember being a good shooter (at least I thought), but what I didn’t realize at the time was how your shot played on those plastic backboards.
They turned out to be pretty forgiving for shooters.
It didn’t matter what kind of touch you had on the shot. It would go in.
I was scoring like eight points a game, which I thought was pretty good.
Next Level BBall
Now let’s fast forward on to maybe a year later. I’m a little bigger and older. And that means it’s time to move up to the next level.
I’m really excited, I’m finally playing on those glass backboards like I’m in the NBA.
As I started to play that following year, I noticed that these kids were a little faster. They were also a little bigger. I was thinking back to this one game, I had a kid named Jack on my team. Jack was our center, tall white kid, blonde hair with a bowl cut.
I don’t know why I remember that, but I specifically remember his haircut. No clue as to why, but nonetheless, I passed it to him and he passed it right back.
Now at this time, I was on the wing standing behind the three-point line. I was totally unprepared for the basketball. I did not want to shoot, by now I’ve learned that I’m a horrible shooter.
And so anyways, I just remember Jack passing me the ball back and I’m standing behind the 3, and it was like a movie. Everybody just yelled, I held onto the ball, and they yelled, “shoooooot, shoooooot”.
Man, I swear I shot the ball.
Like a movie, the ball went up in slow motion…
I hit the top of the backboard.
Uh, it was a brick, I hit the top of the back backboard and I could hear somebody in the stands as upset as I was.
She said, “AWWW Mannnnn”.
BACK TO QUITTING
I don’t know when this happened, my mom came and she said to me one day as I was playing in the living room and she said, “you know, maybe you should find something else to do”.
You know, it’s one of those things that you think about later in life. It’s like most of the life lessons I have learned or lessons that I pick up on, it’s almost like it takes a few years for it to hit you.
Truthfully, I really think that she was tired of wasting her time out at the basketball gym and that particular sport wasn’t what I was really good at. So essentially I was wasting my time. I was wasting her time. Looking back now, I think it was a valuable lesson.
The question I ask myself today, and the question we should all ask ourselves.
ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS
Are you wasting your time?
Are you spending time trying to do what you think you should be getting better at? As opposed to doing the thing that will make you successful?
Are you playing your position?
Another question I ask myself often is what is it that I’m prepared to put my energy into?
With energy comes passion, and you will need both elements when you hit a roadblock.
So I ask you- like my mom basically asked me…Should you quit?
Yes if you’re not giving it 100%.
Remember don’t waste your time…energy is priceless and we need it to tackle our goals in life.
That’s all I have today folks… Let’s double down, Focus, and give life all the energy we got to offer.