The Toronto Raptors have been the lone Canadian franchise in the NBA since 2001 (the Vancouver Grizzles bolted for Memphis that year after six dreary seasons in British Columbia). During their 18 seasons in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division, the Raptors have only made the playoffs five times and have lost numerous superstars to free agency while failing to attract any in return. Despite a lack of mainstream success, however, the Raptors remain high in league attendance with a fan-ship as basketball savvy as it is passionate about their team. In today’s SLAM Feature Article, Jeff Fox examines the game’s rich history in Canada’s largest city, and why its impact on the game worldwide should be measured far above its professional team’s win-loss record.
In addition, today’s Daily Assist is courtesy of John Murray, former strength and conditioning coach of the Golden State Warriors, and features an important tip on visualizing your workout prior to entering the gym, and getting your mind ready to lead the body to success. We’ve stressed it before. Your body is absolutely nothing without a solid mind leading it, especially when it comes to performance in athletics. Your training prep shouldn’t be dissimilar to your game prep, as the purpose of good practice is to get you ready to shine on the basketball court. Practice as hard as you plan to play in the game, and get your mind focused the same way.
Better appreciate Oh Canada (if you didn’t already, shame on you!), get your mind in gear for success, and check out the Community Forums on Prohoopstrength.com. Join as a member today, and interact with some amazing coaches on a number of great strength and conditioning topics.
Yours in health and fitness,
Managing Editor, Prohoopstrength.com
SLAM Feature Article: The City Game- Toronto