If Only We Were All This Gifted

That’s crazy awesome. I just hope he doesn’t burn himself out. Not every child prodigy grows up to be a virtuoso. Some kids pick things up very quickly, and get to be best in class, but level out as they get older. However, if it is true that he motivates himself entirely(or at least majority) then I can’t imagine that happening.

I’m also curious as to the VO2 Max thing, they only mentioned it briefly, but if he genetically has an obscenely high VO2 Max, could that create additional health problems?

If I recall correctly, the kid with no myostatin inhibitor was at risk of basically metabolizing himself to death. Likewise, a couple of NBA players that are over the 7 foot mark, are that tall because of pituitary gland disorders which, when not treated, would have killed them. However, I can’t conceive of how having an naturally unnaturally high VO2 Max could be a detriment.

In 8 seasons he’ll be eligible to join the NBA. Can’t wait to see him.

[quote]Sxio wrote:
KBCThird wrote:
electric_eales wrote:
How pissed off will he be if when he gets to 21 he is only 5 foot tall!

Very clever kid though cool!
Seems to me he’d basically just be iverson then. or maybe spud webb, was that his name? regardless, the skills would still be there

I also love that we’re applying our own over-reading of these buzz words to this kids situation. Playing other sports? Sure, that would be great, if he wanted to, but I doubt that it’s hurting him if he’s not. Soccer for footwork? Did you see the clip where he dribbles through traffic and scores, or the next clip where he takes it coast to coast? His footwork is fine.

And shaking our heads at an 11 year old doing something constructive for 4 hours a day? Have we lost our minds? Jeez, there is way more to this than over training. The fact that he has somethign that keeps his attention, and focuses his energies in a positive outlet for 4 hours a day is fantastic. Heck of a lot better than sitting in front of xbox or just ahnging out on the streets.

4hrs a day is excessive dude. Do you do anything for 4 hours a day apart from work and sleep?

Only if you really, really love it.
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I used to play bball for 3-4 hours after school as well as in school up until his age or so when I moved countries. The other kids I knew who did the same and kept on going, well, some of them have the chance to play for our national team now.

I’ve never heard of this “overspecialisation” theory, and maybe I’m naive in thinking this, but in skill sports, there’s no such thing as too much practice.

that was an amazing video… what a dedicated kid…

In regards to his actual basketball skills they are good, but I grew up with kids who could do all those tricks and most of them never went past highschool so to say he’s going to be some super star in the future is a bit rediculous.

It makes me kinda sad when I think that the thing I most talented at in this world is … wanking

Long as he gets the height he’ll be a beast as an adult.

The narrator and the soundtrack together made it sound SO funny. Amazing kid nonetheless. I hope he also get the height he needs to be a real NBA baller.

[quote]electric_eales wrote:
It makes me kinda sad when I think that the thing I most talented at in this world is … wanking[/quote]

Oh yeah, wanna race!

I can’t watch the video, but it sounds like he has some good shooting dribbling and is probably fast. Now these are pretty good but he isn’t going to be a good nba player without size. Though he could be some great player like nash or something so never know. I would wait and see how he does in high school ball.

Also a minor injury can really alter your career so if he stays healthy and such could be good.

[quote]electric_eales wrote:
It makes me kinda sad when I think that the thing I most talented at in this world is … wanking[/quote]

But I’ll wager that even the most talented wanker in the world would be hard-pressed to keep at it for four hours straight.

To all you naysayers, Tiger Woods, Sidney Crosby, Lebron James and Wayne Gretzky say hi. There are a ton of child prodigies in any field that you hear about burning out, but on the other end of the spectrum you have players who are physical specimens and just have ‘it’. When those people also apply themselves (as this young man clearly does) there’s no stopping them. Tiger was profiled as a 5 year old, Gretzky was talked about as the next great hockey player when he was 11, I heard about Lebron when he was 14, and Sidney has been famous in Canada since before he was a teenager.

The only issue in this case, of course, is that basketball is very much a sport of ‘freaks’–in that your average NBA player is in excess of 6’4". If this kid doesn’t grow to 6’+ he could certainly still make it to the highest level, but I doubt he’ll be talked about as the next MJ or Wilt.

All that aside, it looks like he really enjoys what he does and he’s clearly a very special young kid, so congrats to him for applying himself when most kids are sitting at home playing video games and watching television.

[quote]Joe84 wrote:
In regards to his actual basketball skills they are good, but I grew up with kids who could do all those tricks and most of them never went past highschool so to say he’s going to be some super star in the future is a bit rediculous. [/quote]

A sub 5 mile is no trick! He is exponentialy better at basketball, than the average kid his age, but his hand eye coordination is better than most adults. They did show the kid making a whole lot of shots in a row, but that could be editing.

I don’t think it’s rediculous to recongnize that the kid is talented, and speculate on his future. I’d like to hear his name a few years from now and recongnize it… Hell, Tiger did it under scrutiny…