The third tip in Daniel Coyle’s “The Little Book of Talent” is “Steal Without Apology.
” What does that mean? It means that in your quest to become a better, more talented basketball player there is absolutely no need to reinvent the wheel.
All the skills, talents, and information that you need can be found almost immediately if you are willing to look.
Of course, just looking isn’t enough – once you find what you need you must “steal” it and make it your own if you really want to improve your game.
Want Kobe’s competitiveness, Ray Allen’s jump shot or Chris Paul’s handles? Then steal them!
Break them down into tiny pieces and then relentlessly practice those pieces until the entire skill becomes yours. They won’t mind; truth be told they probably stole them from someone else years ago.
However, a couple words of warning are appropriate here. Steal only things that are valuable. (Stealing the Globetrotter’s half court hook shoot might win you a few bets but isn’t going to help you become a better player.)
Be as specific as possible. (Don’t necessarily worry about stealing Ray Allen’s entire jump shot but instead steal his follow through, his body balance, and his quick release.)
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