Lavar's Greatest Gift

Belief. It is the single most identifiable quality of a winner. We are all blessed with vision and we somehow already know deep down what we truly desire to become; but far too often, our innate vision is suppressed by fear and doubt.

Lavar Ball has been at the center of controversy since his son, Lonzo, became a star at UCLA and later getting drafted to the Los Angeles Lakers. There are many things that Lavar has done and said that I don’t agree with, but as a father, he has given his children the greatest gift he could give, BELIEF & VISION!

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Ryan Sypkens
Basketball Shoes and Performance Demystified

The life of a student athlete can be rough. Not only do you have to keep up with grades and sports, but injuries are an unfortunate reality to contend with as well. Which is why it’s important to do everything possible to minimize the chance of injury during competition. Choosing proper footwear for the court is a major component of that process. It’s common knowledge that quality basketball shoes are supposed help reduce the risk of injury, but to what extent, if at all?

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Chewing gum, mouth guards, and OPTIMAL Performance!

The line between science and superstition is one of the more compelling topics in sports, particularly the equipment-free sport of basketball. What’s proven to help performance versus what’s been passed down from the blacktop to the barbershop and back down again. But does the difference really matter? If you noticed that something was (legally) helping your game in a specific way that no drill or practice could suffice, is a lack of scientific proof a reason to stop? 

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Ryan Sypkens