Former Kentucky Wildcats star Jamal Murray is having the best season of his young NBA career as he is averaging 18.8 points, 4.9 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and is shooting 43% from the field.
Jamal Murray was raised to be a star in the NBA has been working his whole life to be on the big stage and Jackie MacMullan from ESPN.com has a fantastic post on how Murray was able to achieve his goals and become such a big time player in the league.
Here is an excerpt from the post.
By the time Jamal was 7, he was required to drain 30 consecutive free throws before he could stop for the day. Roger limited distractions, disconnecting the television and forbidding cellphones, video games and frivolous trips to the mall. Roger fell in love with the game by watching clips of Michael Jordan and incorporated the teachings of Bruce Lee and kung fu into his vision for his son. He stressed physical strength, mental fortitude and inner calm.
Jamal learned to meditate daily, eliminating outside noise by focusing on his breathing and lowering his heart rate below 40 beats a minute. It became a non-negotiable component of his workout, no interruptions -- not even a recruiting visit in 2015 from Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne, who approached Murray one day as he finished his workout, only to be instructed by Roger to wait while Jamal sat cross-legged, eyes blissfully shut, in a corner of the gym”
You can read the entire article HERE and I strongly suggest you take the time to do just that.