We’ve said it before, and we’re saying it again…Saturday is a great chance to finish one week strong, and begin the next one ever stronger. Each day we should aim to be a little better than we were the day before, because we never know when that next great opportunity is going to present itself. For Reggie Jackson of the Oklahoma City Thunder, that moment came in Game 2 of the 2013 NBA Playoffs first round series against the Houston Rocket when starting point guard and perennial All-Star Russell Westbrook went down with a season ending knee injury. Jackson’s name was called, he was ready to perform, and did so tremendously in helping Kevin Durant lead the Thunder past the Rockets in round one, and further than anticipated without Westbrook. As a late season Mr. May for the Thunder, Jackson is the topic of this week’s SLAM Feature Article, penned by Yaron Weitzman of SLAM Magazine.
In addition, today’s Daily Assist is courtesy of Jeremy Bettle, head strength and conditioning coach of the Brooklyn Nets, and is an important reminder about the value of single leg training. Basketball takes place on both one and two legs, so your training should include unilateral movements in addition to bilateral ones. Single leg training adds an additional stability component as well as increased muscle recruitment. If you want to take your basketball athleticism to the next level, you need to be powerful off one leg in addition to both.
Always be ready for that “one shining moment,” mix up your lower body training, enjoy your weekend, and check out the Community Forums to interact with Prohoopstrength.com’s coaches on a number of applicable strength and conditioning topics.
Yours in health and fitness,
Managing Editor, Prohoopstrength.com
SLAM Feature Article: “Mr. May,” by Yaron Weitzman