basketball is a sport that measures abilities you were born with and can’t acquire through hard work: time getting in better cardiovascular condition or getting better sprinting speed is time wasted since you won’t be great if you don’t have a good ‘feel’ for the game that can’t be learned.
I dont agree with you. IMHO besides hieght advantages you need to spend time working to physically condition your body and on the court to work on the phsyical and mental skills of the game. you Need both at the highest level. but i will admit wieght training is a less important part of basketball than a sport like football.
The Highest Level of any sport is different than the college or high school level. From my personal observations of basketball players I’ve actually known, it seems like more often than not they’ve won conference or made all-state with very little effort and a lot of natural talent. For example, maybe only 20% of Wrestlers know what hard work is, but only 3% of basketball players know what hard work is.
Getting to the pro’s in basketball, and excelling there is something completely different. To play at the highest level of any sport requires a great deal of devotion and real work.
But I’m still shocked to see Kobe doing 2-Board Presses, Reverse Hypers, and Speed Squats and also hear Michael talking about getting in the gym. I’ve always been under the impression that even the top level basketball players were putting their work in on the court and maybe the track, but not doing much in the weight room.
Up until now all I’ve ever seen Pro Basketball players do is Light Leg Presses and a bunch of bullshit Bosu-Ball stuff that their trendy trainers have them do.
But I don’t expect you to agree with me. I said I was “under the impression.” Clearly, I’m wrong. And I’m glad I’m wrong. I’m exceedingly happy to see that it’s not enough to do a bunch of trendy Boso-Step-up functional training in order to be a World Class athlete.
But until today I thought the only person in the NBA who seriously lifted weights was Ben Wallace, and everyone else just spent that time in the weight room practicing their free throws (although that takes dedication, it’s not nearly as demanding as squats).