Here are some of my favorite excerpts from an article written by Tim Grover, famous trainer of both Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant (and Dwyane Wade in the offseason before DWade’s best NBA season and the 08 Olympics):
If you’re one of the 450 professional athletes privileged to play in the NBA right now, you have one job to do: work hard to stay in peak condition. That’s it. Protect your body and your skills, get in shape and stay that way. And yet when it was clear that the NBA season would start late, or perhaps not at all, how did the players respond? The majority trained less (or not at all) and figured they’d do the ‘real’ work when the season was ready to roll.
And as many found out, it was too late.
One guy who took no shortcuts getting ready for the season was my client Kobe Bryant. Given his history of injuries and his long list of accomplishments, it would have been easy for him to take the summer off, get some rest, and wait for the league to settle the labor situation. Instead, he wanted to spend the time working out, training, and preparing to be better than ever. So when most players were relaxing with light workouts that did nothing to prepare them for the rigors of the NBA season, Kobe and I were in the gym most of the summer and fall, finding new ways to make the best even better.