Every athlete goes through slumps. How they deal with it changes.
Some guys need a slump buster. Some guys talk to confidants. A lot of just simply try to practice their way out of it and get their confidence back ó they take more shooting reps after practice.
Or, some guys lose it, like Andris Biedrins of Golden State. Sports Illustratedís Chris Ballard did a fantastic profile of Biedrins last week talking about the downward spiral of his confidence at the free throw line and eventually in his entire game.
How do you bust out of that. Steve Kerr once tried facial hair. Thatís what he told David Aldridge at NBA.com (in his must-read Monday Morning Tips column).
ďI remember growing a goatee one time,Ē Kerr said. ďIt sounds crazy, but I grew a goatee. I wrote the letters F.I. on my shoes, for [bleep] it. I went out there and said Iím going to shoot every time. I probably wasnít as confident as other guys. A guy like Jordan, I donít think he ever had a problem with something like that. Most mortals, youíve got to train your mind just like you train your body.ĒI bet Tim Duncan didnít call Kerr on it. I bet Michael Jordan would have.
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