Yup. That kind of desire and dedication comes from being surrounded by either good coaches, good friends, even good family or even overhearing a conversation that somewhere along the line a thought was planted in that ballers mind that you have to give maximum effort and a whole lot of practice in order to achieve your goal and maintain it. Some ballers get the message, and unfortunately, some don’t. Like anything in life, you have to start with a good foundation and build on it and never give up when the road gets tough. You look at the players who initially played in the NBA, they travelled from city to city on buses and slept in cheap motels because of a tight budget. They got paid nowhere near what these kids today get paid. Regardless of the pay or the injuries they may have sustained, they loved the game of basketball and busted their butts to play. No guaranteed contracts, just give your best each and every game. Those were the good old days.
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.