Pass, Shoot, Score! (4 of 4) by Jeff Strite
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Series: Game Changer
OPEN: We opened with a youtube video that highlighted the basketball career of Bill Bradley. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_BJg4rhFNs (24 second begin… 3:25 end)
In 1964, Bill Bradley was captain of the Olympic Basketball team that won gold at Tokyo.
In 1965, his senior year at Princeton he led that University's unremarkable team to place 3rd in the NCAA tournament behind UCLA and Michigan.
After college, Bradley went on to play professional basketball with the New York Knicks and earned a place in the professional Basketball Hall of Fame.
Bill Bradley was arguably one of the best basketball players of his day.
The story's told that when Bradley was at Princeton, the basketball floor at the college was being refinished. So, he made arrangements to practice at a local high school gym. During his 1st practice at the high school gym, Bradley began shooting jump shots. To his amazement, his first 3 jump shots hit the back of the rim and bounced away.
A friend with Bradley said that Bill stopped for a moment. He looked up at the backboard and rim.
It appeared that Bradley made a mental adjustment. Then he picked up the basketball and began shooting again. After a few shots, he turned to his friend and told him "the rim is an inch and a half too low."
A few days later his friend went back to the gym with a stepladder and a tape measure to find out if Bill was right. But he wasn't. Bradley was wrong.
The rim was not an inch and a half too low.
It was off an inch and a quarter too low.
APPLY: In the video we just watched, Corky Smith (a college basketball historian) said that "There were better athletes, better shooters, people with better technique.
Even Coach Bobbie Knight noted:
"He knew he had limited athletic ability, so he made himself into a tremendous basketball player."
So, Bill Bradley was not the best athlete, best shooter and he had limited athletic ...
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