Yesterday I reposted a blog on “The Law of Practice.”  On Monday I saw it being lived out.

One of the things I do in my spare time this time of year is work with a local high school basketball team.  Monday afternoon we had the opportunity to play a game at Philips Arena in Atlanta before the Hawks and Celtics game.  Let’s just say that my team played a lot better than the Hawks did.

As we were walking off the floor I noticed that Boston Celtic guard, Ray Allen, walked onto the court and began shooting.  Seemed a little odd to me considering he was alone and it was still three hours before the tip of the NBA contest.

After we left our locker room I was visiting with one of the arena workers.  He told me that I would have to clear the area because the Celtic’s bus was arriving.  I asked him how Ray had gotten to the arena if the team had not yet arrived.  He said, “He always takes a cab and gets here about an hour early to practice his shooting.”

There’s that word again.  Practice.

Ray Allen is a multimillionaire.  He has been an NBA all-star 9 times.  He once made 72 consecutive free throws during games.  He has averaged over 20 points per game throughout a 15 year career.  He is regarded by many as one of the greatest outside shooters in NBA history.

And there he was on a Monday afternoon when no one was looking, in an empty arena, 1,100 miles away from home practicing his shooting.

There is an arena where you can be like Ray.  It might not ever be on the basketball floor, but it does exist.

However, without practice it will not happen.

Why not rededicate yourself to your craft and even be willing to go beyond what your teammates are doing?  That’s what i2i leaders do!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving and know that I am thankful for all of you who take part in this leadership conversation.    Next i2i blog will be on Monday, November 29th.



What is the best example of “practice” you have noticed lately?

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Stacey williams

11 years ago

Randy this is great find!!! It really drive home the point!!!

Scott Humphrey

11 years ago

Loving the blog Randy! You and your family have a great Thanksgiving…


11 years ago

Remembering some games at the now demolished Reunion Arena before the Mavs games! Sweet memories! Thankful for the 25 Club and Hard work brings profit!!!! Thank you for investing in me. Pryaing blessings for the Gravitt family this Thanksgiving!


11 years ago

I told my guys about Reunion! Great days Hatchet!!!

Coach McAllister

11 years ago



11 years ago

I noticed the same thing Randy. And did you also notice that the shots he was starting with were all with his left hand! Practice makes perfect!

Velma Humphrey

11 years ago

Great blog! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.


11 years ago

Great words. I read this with my youngest son today. Keep inspiring us I2I!6*


11 years ago

Keep up the good work! We can all use a little more practice in life.

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