Somewhere Out There

September 17, 2009 | By | Add a Comment

Larry Bird

As a kid, I always thought I was behind and needed that extra hour to catch up.  Jim Jones once told me, “No matter how many shots you take, somewhere there’s a kid out there taking one more.  If you dribble a million times a day, someone is dribbling a million and one.”  Whenever I’d get ready to call it a day, I’d think, “No. Somebody else is still practicing.  Somebody – somewhere – is playing that extra ten or fifteen minutes and he’s going to beat me someday.” I’d practice some more and then I’d think, “Maybe that guy is practicing his free throws now.” So, I’d go to the line and practice my free throws and that would take another hour.  I don’t know if I practiced more than anybody, but I sure practiced enough.  I still wonder if somebody – somewhere – was practicing more than me.

– Larry Bird, Drive

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