Putting in the Reps

Basketball Star and now Coach Thurl Big T Bailey and my son


My son asked for private lessons with a former NBA star from the Utah Jazz and I told him the lessons are so expensive that he would need to prove over 6 months his dedication to the game he loves so much in order to earn such an opportunity.

Every day I would hear the ball bouncing in the driveway outside of my home office.  Most days I would go out and join him, trying not to coach too much (so that he doesn’t feel every time shooting baskets with Dad he’s being critiqued), but also showing him the in’s and out’s of the game I love, too.

It has been a very bonding experience.  I am so impressed with this 9-going-on-16 year old boy who is so determined to become great at his chosen sport.

The day came and I revealed to him he was going to get lessons from none other than our local hero and legend, Thurl Big T Bailey of NC State Championship and Utah Jazz fame.  My son could barely contain his excitement and ran right outside to practice more.

The coaching session with Thurl was very inspiring (link here).  It’s all about doing things technically well, not just making the basket.

He then taught my son the supremely essential lesson of Putting in the Reps.

Same shot, only using the one hand to shoot, the other only for balance.  Over and over and over and over.  Now let’s tweak it, video it, make sure we’re doing it right.  Shoot again, over and over and over.  

Same dribble, just pound the ball, don’t lallygag, commit to pressing the ball into the floor so they can’t steal it.  Up and down the court, over and over.  

Same stance, always be in triple threat, ready to guard the ball or receive it.  Over and over and over again.  

It was wonderful to watch Thurl teach this valuable life lesson to my son, and amazing to see how he has responded, as he has improved exponentially after just one lesson, because he’s now putting in the reps.

Putting in the reps can feel very boring, even if it’s doing something you love.  But in order to master a skill, putting in the reps, and doing them correctly, are required.

And as always, this comes back to The Promise to dedicate time, focus energy, and remember the reason you are doing what you’re doing with your life.   How have you put in the reps toward fulfilling your dreams today?


Shooting technique


Recording and watching how to fix the shot



~ jason


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4 thoughts on “Putting in the Reps”

  1. Great story, Jason. As we’ve learned now through much research, achieving excellence in almost any field is a function of sustained effort and (directed) practice, and has little to do with raw talent. I love that this is what Thurl is teaching your son–much more valuable than technique.

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