36) Basketball Relates To My Life
In basketball, I am more of a first-pass player. (I am passive, then.)
I confidently rely on driving towards the basket than taking a jump shot. (I always take advantage of my speed and quickness.)
Video shown below. First video does not have great quality (when Snapchat did not allow you to save your recorded videos).
I drove by opponent to my left then I glided towards the basket through two people. Video shown below.
(Cannot see the basketball go in the hoop. Better than nothing. Listen to my close friend's voice in the background. That is already good enough.)
I never trusted my jump shot, for the reason that, I had a two-handed shot most of my childhood life. Thus, it is all muscle memory.
Now, I have a better looking one-handed shooting form than ever before. Slow-motion video shown below.
(In life, try something different by taking risks.) Reminding myself to take the risk (jump shot).
First, read the defense. (In life, know my surroundings.)
The opposing team on defense gives me space, then take the risk (jump shot).
Reminding myself to be confident in taking the jump shot (risk). Better chance in making the shot. (Self-confidence improves life.)
Why am I hesitant in taking the open jump shot?
Like I said, muscle memory comes in play. (It has been a habit for a long time. I never liked my old-shooting form throughout my childhood.)
I tend to overthink before I attempt the shot. For instance, I will miss it then my teammates will be upset. (In life, haters are gonna hate.)
Lastly, I am not mentally tough enough. Once I miss two shots in a row, I will not even attempt to shoot the ball anymore. (NBA soon-to-be hall of fame player, Kobe Bryant, had a shooter's mentality. He was never afraid to take the last shot. Remember, he choked in his first playoff appearance against the Utah Jazz by airballing four big shots.)
Reminding myself to develop a short-term memory. (Accept failure. Even if I failed once, keep on moving forward.)
The opposing team plays tight defense on me. Thus, I sell a shoulder fake to my right then I quickly go by defender to my left. (In life, make my move then commit once I see that open opportunity.)
Reminding myself to go within the flow of the game. (Do not force the issue.)
In life, learn from my mistakes. (Like myself, nobody is perfect.) Basketball does relate to my life.