How I’ve Been Able to Stay in the NBA

In this blog post, I’ll be sharing how I’ve been able to stay in the NBA for so long. I’ll be discussing the importance of staying fit, eating healthy, and getting enough rest. I’ll also share some of the mental strategies I use to stay sharp and focused during the long season.


I’ve played professional basketball for twelve years now. I started when I was very young- just eighteen. I was one of those rare cases, the young player with potential who actually made it. Most guys who come into the league with fanfare and a big contract fizzle out within a few years. But not me. I’ve been able to stick around, and the reason is training.

Hitting the gym

Most NBA players spend a lot of time in the gym during the off-season, working on their strength and stamina. They also work on their shooting and ball-handling skills.

Getting enough sleep

One of the best things that you can do for your body is to get enough sleep. Your body needs time to rest and repair itself, and if you don’t give it that time, you’re going to end up feeling the consequences. I make sure that I get at least eight hours of sleep every night, and I try to get even more if I can. I know that it’s not always possible to get a full eight hours, but even getting six or seven can make a world of difference.

Eating healthy

Whenever I’m asked how I’ve been able to stay in the NBA for so long, I always credit my training and eating habits. Staying in shape and eating healthy are two of the most important things you can do if you want to play basketball at a high level.

I make sure to eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. I also make sure to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water throughout the day. In addition to eating healthy, I also make sure to get plenty of exercise.

I typically work out twice a day, either by going for a run or lifting weights. I also make sure to do some sort of cardio exercise every day. By staying in shape and eating healthy, I’ve been able to prolong my career and still play at a high level.


There are a lot of skills that are necessary to stay in the NBA. One of the most important skills is the ability to play good defense. Another important skill is the ability to shoot the ball well. I have been able to stay in the NBA because I have worked hard on my skills and I continue to work hard on my skills.


Dribbling is the skill of bouncing a basketball up and down while moving across the court. A player must be able to control the ball with one hand while keeping it about waist high. The other hand is used for balance. Dribbling is important because it allows a player to keep control of the ball while moving around the court. without dribbling, a player would have to pass or shoot every time they moved.

Dribbling is also a way to create space between you and a defender. By dribbling, you can move around the defender and get open for a shot or pass. It can also be used to set up a teammate for a shot by drawing defenders toward you and then passing them the ball.

There are many different ways to dribble the basketball, but all good dribblers have one thing in common: they keep their head up. This allows them to see the court and their teammates while they are dribbling. It also allows them to see defenders and avoid them.


One of the most important skills that any basketball player can have is passing. Being able to pass the ball effectively can make or break a team, and it’s one of the things that I’ve always prided myself on.

There are a few key things to remember when it comes to passing. First, you want to make sure that you’re using the right hand for the right situation. If you’re passing to a player who is on your left, you’ll want to use your left hand, and vice versa. Second, you want to make sure that you’re using the right amount of force. If you passes too hard, it will be difficult for your teammate to control, and if you don’t pass hard enough, it will be easy for the defense to intercept.

Another important thing to keep in mind is your body position. You want to make sure that you’re in a good position to make the pass, with your feet shoulder-width apart and your body squared up to your target. This will give you the most power and accuracy when passing.

Lastly, timing is everything when it comes to passing. You want to make sure that you’re passing at the right time so that your teammates can be in position to catch it and do something with it. If you pass too early or too late, it will be more difficult for them to control the ball.

These are just a few of the things that I focus on when I’m passing the ball. If I can do these things well, then I know that I’m giving my team the best chance to succeed.


Shooting is one of the most important skills in basketball. A good shooter can score from anywhere on the court and keep the defense honest. A great shooter can change the game and give his team a huge advantage.

There are two main types of shots in basketball: jump shots and layups. Jump shots are taken while the player is mid-air, and layups are taken while the player is close to the basket.

Jump shots can be taken from anywhere on the court, but they are most often taken from outside the three-point line. To shoot a jump shot, the player will take a few steps back from the basket, take a deep breath, and then jump into the air while extending his arm to shoot the ball.

Layups are much easier to make than jump shots because they are taken closer to the basket. However, they are also much more difficult to defend against because the defender has to worry about blocking the shot and also about allowing the offensive player an easy path to the basket.

Mental Toughness

Mental toughness is a measure of an individual’s resilience, willpower and ability to deal with challenges and adversity. It is often said that the mind is the most important Muscle in the body. This is especially true in the world of professional sports where the mental game is just as important as the physical one. For me, mental toughness has been the key to my success in the NBA.

Staying positive

It is easy to get down on yourself when things aren’t going well, but it is important to stay positive and keep working hard. I have been able to stay in the NBA because I have remained positive and kept working hard, even when things haven’t gone my way.

One of the things that has helped me stay positive is setting goals. When I set goals for myself, it gives me something to focus on and strive for. Even if I don’t reach my goal, setting a goal gives me something to work towards.

Another thing that has helped me stay positive is surrounding myself with positive people. When I am around positive people, it helps me stay positive. I am also more likely to be successful when I am surrounded by positive people because they will help me achieve my goals.

It is also important to celebrate your successes, even if they are small. When you celebrate your successes, it helps you stay motivated and focused on your goals. It also helps you see that you are making progress, even when things are tough.

Lastly, it is important to have perspective. When you have perspective, it helps you see the bigger picture and understand that there will be ups and downs in life. It is okay to have down times, but it is important to keep perspective and remember that things will eventually get better.

Dealing with adversity

It’s not easy being an NBA player. Not only do you have to be physically talented, but you also have to be mentally tough. If you can’t handle the pressure of the games, the media, and the fans, then you won’t last long in this league.

I’ve been lucky enough to play in the NBA for 13 years now, and I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs. But through it all, I’ve learned how to deal with adversity and stay mentally tough. Here are some of the things that have helped me:

1. Keep things in perspective.

It’s important to remember that basketball is just a game. It’s not worth getting too worked up about. Yes, winning is important, but at the end of the day, it’s not worth sacrificing your mental health for.

2. Don’t take things personally.

In the NBA, there will always be people who are trying to bring you down—from opposing players to coaches to fans. But it’s important not to take their comments or actions personally. They are just trying to get under your skin and throw you off your game. Don’t let them succeed.

3. Focus on your own performance.

You can’t control what other people do, so don’t waste your energy worrying about them. Just focus on doing your best and let the chips fall where they may. If you give 110%, then you can walk off the court knowing that you did everything you could—regardless of the outcome.

Focusing on the task at hand

When you’ve played in the NBA as long as I have, you realize that there’s a lot of things you can’t control. You can’t control how well the other team plays, what the refs call, or how many minutes you play. The one thing you CAN control is your attitude and effort.

So, whenever I’m on the court, I make sure to give it my all and stay focused on the task at hand. If I do that, then I know I’ve done everything within my power to help my team win. And at the end of the day, that’s all that really matters.

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