Extraordinary Happens Podcast
For Jamal Murray, where there’s a hoop, there’s a home. It doesn’t matter where or when – if he has a basketball in his hands, his mind is at ease. He started playing against top high school and college players when he was 12-years-old, taking the Canadian basketball scene by storm.
Jamal was part of an incredible NBA draft class this summer and now belongs to a league of extraordinary talent. And still, he finds a way to stand out. “I think my mental side [makes me different]. I do a lot of meditation and a lot of breathing and thinking and seeing things slow as they happen fast. I kind of just know what is going to happen before it happens and I have to try to prepare for it,” says Jamal.
The way Jamal uses his mind – at just 19-years-old – to set himself apart is inspiring. We’re all moving so fast in today’s world that I think we take mental preparation for granted. Jamal is more in tune with himself at 19 than most of us are much later on in our careers.
When you combine this kind of mentality with pure talent and love for the game, you get not just an extraordinary athlete, but an extraordinary person.
Listen to our full conversation on Extraordinary Happens.