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Be Like Mike

Hemingway wrote in Moleskine notebooks. So did Van Gogh and Picasso.

What kid does not want to play basketball in a pair of Jordans?

We use other people’s tools believing that we can enjoy the same success. However, we often fall short of the dream.

“You don’t get what you hope for. You don’t get what you wish for. You get what you believe.”

Oprah

Perhaps we should emulate how successful people practice instead.

If you want to be like Mike, you have to do the work. There are no shortcuts.

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The Yin and Yang of Basketball 🏀

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It started in 1891 when James Naismith, a PE teacher in Springfield, Massachusetts needed to keep his students entertained inside during the winter. He put up two hoops at either end and used a soccer ball for shooting. Dribbling became the only way to move forward. Fouling led to brawls. Naismith called the game “Basketball.” 🏀

Below are some of the key milestones outlined in this fascinating podcast on the origins of basketball from 99% Invisible.

1891: The first basketball game. Naismith makes an arbitrary decision to make the hoop 10 feet.

1936: The first slam dunk in an organized basketball game. Big men or “goons” dominate the game.

1945: Goaltending gets banned.

1966: NCAA Texas Western beats Kentucky. The Texas Western plays were all black, Kentucky all white. Pat Riley played for Kentucky.

1967: The game gets political. The dunk becomes “the black power manifest.” NCAA bans the dunk for 10 years, a racist decision. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is in disbelief. Without the dunk, basketball becomes boring.

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1970s: The ABA introduces the three-point shot, an egalitarian shift that gave smaller players new opportunities.

1976: The ABA merges with the NBA.

Flash forward through the years of Bird, Magic, the Bad Boys, Jordan, Shaq/Kobe….

And Steph Curry, a skinny guard at 6’3, dominates the league today by shooting lights out. The young generation wants to play like Steph Curry. The NBA game becomes about quickness and traditionalists (e.g. Greg Popovic) fear the game is getting out of control. What’s next: a 4-point shot?

Whatever happens to the dunk or the 3-point (or 4-point), there will always be the layup.

Listen: 99% Invisible: 199- The Yin and Yang of Basketball

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Freeing the siren: The evolution of the Starbucks logo

Starbucks shaved its logo to absolute simplicity, stripping the “Starbucks Coffee” and keeping just the siren.

The Starbucks logo is one of my favorites of the big brands, behind Apple and Nike’s Jumpman logo.

Of course, few companies can afford to lose the extra branding that comes from keeping the company’s name in the logo; yet another impression.

Shaving the logo makes Starbucks cool and richer. Now it can make products beyond coffee.

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I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.

Michael Jordan

Never gets old.  

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Barcelona.  Jordan. 1992.  USA.   Air Jordan VII
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We’ll never see a better team, in any sport.  Period.