At Unlimited Potential Basketball, mindfulness is a key element to maximizing one's full potential on and off the court. In this podcast, co-hosts, Packie Turner, a developmental coach in the Bay Area, and Mike Franco, Mental Skills Trainer for the Dallas Mavericks, will highlight athletes' stories of mental toughness throughout their careers. Hope you enjoy!
Understanding Your Potential is Unlimited ft. Aaron Gordon
Season FinaleOrlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon is more than a professional athlete. He was a heralded recruit out of the Bay Area, a star at University of Arizona, and the 4th overall pick in the NBA draft. Through a diligent work ethic, mindfulness, and a strong support system he is leaving a remarkable legacy. A steady self-awareness coupled with an eagerness to always get better allows Gordon to continuously push himself in workouts and as an activist. He runs a non-profit, takes on different roles on the court, and started a media company, demonstrating to the next generation everyone's potential is unlimited.
Managing Pressure and Staying True to Yourself ft. Kelsey Plum
People hear the name Kelsey Plum and they think leading scorer in women's college basketball history. They think number one pick in the WNBA. It was her unwavering dedication to basketball that propelled Plum to achieve her dream. Plum's stature as one of the best college basketball players ever forced her to overcome massive expectations, immense pressure, and media scrutiny. Playing in 40-minute long games will never define Plum; rather it will be the strength needed to wake up each and everyday and strive to get better, even when battling an injury.
Modeling Perseverance ft. Chasson Randle
NBA veteran Chasson Randle has the unique ability to confront his challenges one-by-one, and stay calm and collected regardless of where his basketball journey takes him. That winding path has taken him from the Illinois state championship in high school to Stanford, the Golden State Warriors, and even a Euro League Championship in Madrid. Despite his many achievements such as being Stanford's all-time leading scorer, he went undrafted. Ultimately, it is a positive mindset and ability to stay true to himself that continues to carry Randle, inside the game of basketball, as well and outside, such as with his new business venture.
Confronting Adversity Head On ft. Ky Bowman
It’s hard to find an athlete who is candid about his previous life experiences, the positive and negative, quite like Ky Bowman. On the surface, his ability to amplify the Warriors roster with his energy and commitment to being great at even the small things makes him seem like a success story. But many don’t know the adversity that shaped Bowman. He suffered the passing of his father at age 7, overcame communication and speech therapy issues, and had to truly earn his spot at Boston College after almost deciding to play college football. It’s thanks to his strong communication skills, positive attitude and ability to go the extra mile that propelled Bowman to the next level.
Keep Fighting, Don't Quit ft. Anthony Bennett
Five-star recruit out of high school. Number one pick in the NBA Draft. Too quiet to lead. These are all labels that Anthony Bennett has worn through the years. After listening to this episode of Mental Buckets, it will become clear that Bennett is a fighter. He's overcome injury, ignored the doubters, and continuously worked to sustain a pro career in the NBA, the G-League, and internationally. Learn more about the fire that continues to drive Bennett towards basketball success, and the veteran players who've supported him, regardless of what challenges he's faced with.
Luck Favors the Prepared Mind ft. Justin Anderson
Justin Anderson has been a cornerstone of talented teams, such as the Sweet 16 reaching Virginia Cavaliers in the mid-2010s, and is now playing with the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA Bubble after exploding in the G-League with an average of 20.6 points per game this past season. Nevertheless, Anderson knows that teamwork and grit alone aren't a recipe for success in basketball and life. He's the first to admit that a strong support system and a little bit of luck were essential in making him the player and person he is today. Without cousin, mentor and former NFL player Jermon Bushrod, Anderson wouldn't have seen a path for himself out of King George County. Hear how he overcame the odds and made his dreams a reality on this episode of Mental Buckets.
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Best Hoop Podcast I’ve heard
I love this podcast and the focus they put on the importance of the mental part of the game. I would highly recommend it to any serious basketball players. This will be mandatory listening for my players.
Keep em coming!
it’s a great podcast!! It’s interesting to hear a different perspective of the athletes stories and journeys.
Great new podcast!
Really appreciate this podcast for the insight on the mental approach for player success.
Mike and Packie do a great job in the interviews as they have tremendous detail and insight!
Really recommend this podcast to all high school and college players along with anyone who wants to better understand how to improve their mental toughness.