When I first started playing basketball, I had no idea how to get better or even where to begin. All I knew was what I saw the older/better players doing in the pickup games at my local playground, and the stuff I couldn’t do when I (unsuccessfully) tried out for the local teams.
So I made one of the best decisions a clueless person can make in any field of life: I just got started, and figured things out along the way.
I Started My Own Basketball Training
16 years later from when I began playing basketball, I’m still figuring it out along the way. For every new thing I learn, I think about how it connects to any of the stuff I already knew (so many new ideas come from this!). I try new moves I see other players use. I see how certain training techniques might work for me (or not). If I see someone doing an exercise i in the gym that looks interesting or useful, I try it.
A lot of young players email me and comment my videos with a plethora of before-I-begin and what-if questions — questions that tell me they haven’t tried to actually do anything, except formulate questions. And I tell them all: if you’re waiting to have all the answers before you start, you never will.
The best thing you can do as a player is to play, or practice, on the court. Watching videos can be beneficial, and getting your questions answered is great. But nothing in the known universe — no amount of thinking, no books or blog posts, no tutorial-studying — trumps action. You have to go out and begin before you can become good. What you’ll find is that you suddenly don’t have so many questions — you learn as you go along, and wonder why you didn’t start sooner.
And as long as you keep going, maybe one day you’ll be the one answering the questions.
I am Dre Baldwin. Most people would say I’m a Basketball Guy — player, trainer, video-maker, writer. I’m an athlete, so naturally I play my sport and go to gyms a lot. Outside of that, I do a lot of reading; some writing; spend much time on the Internet; and some other stuff that you may or may not be aware of. I can play ball with any player in the World, on any stage. It had taken me a damned long time to get to where I can say that, and now I’m saying it. If you ever meet me and ask me, I’ll tell you the same.