A Lesson from Veteran NBA Player, Kendal Gill

Quite a few years ago I was studying our database and discovered 15 year NBA veteran Kendal Gill had purchased some of my products.  At the time, Kendall played for the Minnesota Timberwolves.  I thought it was pretty amazing that a professional player purchased a couple of my instructional videos.

A couple weeks later I get this phone call and the man on the other line said: “Hi Sandy, I know who you are. Do you know who I am? My name is Kendall Gill.”  He said, “I’ve been in the NBA for 12 years and this summer I am dedicating my summer to learning how to handle the basketball better because I want to be able to hang with the younger guys.” He continued, “I purchased some of your instructional videos, and they helped me out a lot, but I was wondering if you could give me some one-on-one lessons.”

I thought to myself, “Wow, this guy makes a lot of money, he’s in the NBA, yet he’s asking me — a woman — to help him handle the basketball better.” But more importantly I thought, “This guy is a winner. He’s established in the NBA, for the most part he could just go through the motions, but he wants to get better and it doesn’t matter that I’m a woman, he feels that I can help him improve.”

It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting to play basketball or an NBA player like Kendall Gill, you can always learn more from coaches, parents and others who may be more skilled. Kendall Gill’s work ethic is definitely something to admire.


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