The Chicago Sky won the WNBA Finals on Sunday. In a best of 5 series, it only took them four games to beat Phoenix. This is the first championship for the Sky. Here are some interesting stats, stories, and quotes from some of the players.
-Point guard and All Star Courtney Vandersloot is one of the best PG’s in the league. She was drafted in 2011 from Gonzaga. Look at these stats in final game: 10 points, 15 assists, 9 rebounds! (She averaged 10.2 assists in the playoffs)
-Kahleah Copper, the finals MVP, was not even named first or second team WNBA. Her numbers in the 10 playoff games: 17.7 ppg, 5.3 rebounds. She was drafted in 2016 and didn’t start in the league until last season.
Best quote I’ve seen: "I came in and just tried to find a road,” said Copper when asked about joining the Sky then being a reserve for three seasons. “I didn’t play much, so let’s do some handshakes, let’s get everybody ready for the game, let’s just try to figure it out, just play your role, and that’s what I did. I’m just grateful for my process. I wouldn’t change anything.”
-Candace Parker - The story of the Finals. She signed with Chicago in the off-season (which is her hometown), leaving the team she spent the 13 seasons with in LA. She led this team and won her hometown championship. Put in perspective that she was drafted in 2008, the same year she was Rookie of the Year in the league.
"I play basketball, and there's far more serious things than that. But I want basketball to be a platform. I love the opportunities I've gotten from basketball."
The individuals on this team are interesting in and of themselves and have great stories. But the Sky won because they are a great TEAM. One last quote for you:
“In the end we all wanted to play for each other, and that’s what you saw tonight in this whole playoff experience.”
Many of us set goals and begin working hard to reach those goals. The plan makes sense, the discipline is there, and we are ready to trade our sweat for a specific achievement.
-Making the team
-Becoming a starter / All-Conference
-“Ace”ing the test
-The timing of the promotion
-Losing a certain amount of weight
The reality is that many times the goal doesn’t play out exactly as we hope. Or at least not in the short time frame that we hoped for. Even when we are really consistent (and most of us aren’t if we are honest with ourselves), the growth we seek is not always a linear curve. We put in consistent work and expect consistent positive results, but this isn’t always the case.
Does that make the work pointless? Are we correct to think that we wasting time trying to get better? Of course not. Our process, our work to build greatness through consistently showing up is exactly what we should be doing. Every result we get may not match with what we want, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t on our way.
I challenge you to not wait for the moment when your work pays off, but to enjoy the process of your work, and trust that the investments you are making are going to lead you to what you want in life. There is a very strong self-satisfaction for those who are able to harness this energy and maintain this perspective. Big goals aside, here you will find success.
What do you need to work harder towards? Focus on showing up consistently, regardless of your outcomes.
Working on our body to be a better all-around athlete will help us be a better, more efficient basketball player. Your athleticism is a combination of your motor skills like coordination, quickness, power generation, and agility.
There are many ways to improve your athleticism. Sometimes we limit this work because we think an athlete is too young, we are too busy to focus on this side of training, or we simply don’t realize how important it is.
Here are a few ways to increase your athleticism:
-Play lower - Simple, but effective. The lower we play, the greater we can control speed changes. Most athletes play high and upright too much. We explode and accelerate from a loaded position.
-Train your footwork - The game is played through our feet. Work on foot coordination, and focus on fast and sure feet as you train. For example: in shooting drills, be specific in arriving in your footprint; always use footwork in your ball handling; add ladders or line drills within your training.
-Add a strength component - Using your body well must include having a confidence in your strength. All ages of athletes can benefit from movement that builds strength, stability, and balance. Not to mention, this helps with explosion, toughness, and speed. Ex: Body weight workouts.
-Be in great shape - no athlete is at their best when their conditioning level is average. Endurance is the mark of a serious athlete, and this training is completely within your control! Make sure you build stamina by training hard, planning enough cardio fitness in your week, and working in recovery exercises.
Don’t make excuses. Become the best athlete you can be.
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