The game of basketball has been very, very good to me.
I’ve met Dr. J and Michael Jordan.
I’ve spent time with Bobby Knight and Coach K.
I’ve done clinics from Brazil to Belgium.
I’ve work camps with LeBron and Kobe.
I’ve been (literally) livin’ the dream for well over a decade. It’s almost surreal.
And of all of the opportunities I’ve been afforded in my career, I rank yesterday (Wednesday, September 18, 2013), as one of the absolute best and most rewarding.
What happened yesterday?
I traveled with my crew (Adam Bradley & Mike Johnson of the Hardwood Hustle, Rich Czeslawski of Better Basketball and Jeremy Stein of the Stronger Team Nation) down to Charlotte to hang out at the Jay Bilas Estate to record a series of podcasts.
NOTE: The first Jay Bilas Hardwood Hustle Podcast will drop on Wednesday, September 25th. You can download and listen to all previous episodes at http://www.StrongerTeam.com/Podcasts or you can subscribe on iTunes. Make sure you follow @Hardwood_Hustle for all future updates and announcements!
Jay (and his lovely wife Wendy) rolled out the red carpet for us and was unbelievably gracious, hospitable and accommodating. He gave his bodyguard, maid, butler, masseuse, personal trainer, vocal coach and personal stylist the day off so we could keep things low key.
The goal of our Hardwood Hustle Podcast is to educate, entertain and engage. After spending the day on Jay’s back porch, with mics on and cameras rolling, I am overwhelmingly confident the 3 episodes we recorded with The Bilastrator will do all 3. We asked Jay a myriad of off-the-wall questions… all of which he answered candidly. We had a blast!
I’ve known Jay for years and am honored to and privileged to call him a friend. I admire and respect him as a father, a husband, a consummate professional and a straight up hustler.
Here are 8 things you can learn from Jay Bilas:
- Be humble. Jay often makes jokes (primarily on Twitter) to the contrary, but he is truly a down to earth, humble guy. He is respectful and classy.
- Be confident. Humility and confidence are not antonyms. Confidence stems from believing in yourself. Confidence is something that must be earned through working hard, smart and consistently.
- Be prepared. You should see the amount of work Jay puts into researching the players, coaches, and programs of the games he calls on ESPN. His attention detail is unparalleled.
- Be open. Jay has several strong opinions on issues like college athletes being compensated. Despite having such strong convictions, he is always open to hearing other people’s views.
- Be honest. Jay says what he means and he means what he says. He has no problem ‘keeping it real.’ A lot of folks on TV are merely puppets… they say what folks want to hear. Jay says what he believes.
- Be thankful. Jay is eternally thankful for all of the opportunities he’s had and for all of the people that have helped, impacted and influenced him. He even thanked us for coming by to record the podcasts! Wow.
- Be good. Jay is the hardest workin’ man in show business and works relentlessly on his craft. Jay’s success isn’t an accident.
- Be gangsta. Jay counts $100’s on the table and $20’s on the floor. He’s got a house around his neck and a wrist on chill… and at any given time he’ll put a quarter-mill in your grill.
If you haven’t read his new book, Toughness, you are truly missing out. It is a powerful read. You need to pick up a copy ASAP.
And if you aren’t following @JayBilas on Twitter… oh never mind… you just don’t ‘get it.’
Respect the game,
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