The Professor – Questions/Answers
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Hey Fess, how do you cope with having a bad game?? I’m a baller who plays every week and when I have a bad game I get really embaressed cos I’m supposed to be good at it!! I dont have the publicity you have so I just wondered how you cope with it?……if you have a bad game!!Thanks dude keep doin your thing, God Bless
Whatup Ben. Honestly this is one of the best questions I’ve ever been asked. The thing that you got to remember about having a bad game is that its not the end of the world. Even MJ had bad games in his career. Its not something you want to make a habit of but it does happen. What I do to cope with it is just know that it isn’t the end of the world and try to figure out why it happened. Whether I didn’t mentally prepare right or I did something wrong during the game or in warmups and make sure that it never happens again. If I do have a bad game I always come back and make sure I have an extra good game the next night out to sort of mentally make up for the bad game before. So remember, it’s nothing to be embarassed about because it happens to everyone.
Just wondering if And 1 will be doing an international tour and where the team will be headed. As an Australian, apparently And1 hasn’t been in Perth, WA for like 3-4 years. I love the team and tour, and am very anxious to see them. Also, how do the open runs work over seas? Is there age limits or any specific requirements?
Whatsup AZN. We will be going back to australia in November this year but not sure where yet. Don’t know if we will be going back to Perth as we did in 2004. Our international tour will start in China in Late August right after the U.S. tour ends. A lot of dates have yet to be announced but are in the works.
I’ve been ballin ever since i was 3 or 4. My parents bought me a portable Larry Bird hoop and I did my thing on that, lol! Then i played organized ball at every level until college.
See you shouldn’t set a goal to be and And 1 player when you get older because this for all of us is a alternate route to play ball and make money. Everyone on the And 1 team wanted to make the NBA at one point and it didn’t or hasn’t worked out in a way so they stumble onto streetball as an alternate route. Plus making the And 1 team is even harder by the odds just because there is only 1 team! as opposed to the NBA where there at least 30 plus teams. So basically get the fundamentals down first and see where that takes you.
Luke, the rumors aren’t true about And 1 not touring anymore. Everything is still in motion as it has been and will always be. There are 12 players contracted under And 1 and well begin a 10 city summer tour mid june and it will go through august 25th. Well be doing about 20 overseas markets in the fall and winter as well. Check and1.com for more details or read my first few diary entries, they tell all about it. __________
What kind of workout or drills do you do to get your game tight?
Nowadays, i do a few drills to keep my game tight but sometimes its tough to get to the gym on the regular when im on the road. When im at home im in the gym everyday doing full court shooting drills to stay in shape. For dribbling ive always been a person who mainly just practices moves over and over till they’re perfected as opposed to doing drills to help me.