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“What-if Moments” and “Bite-Sized Goals” – Kevin Eastman’s Keys to Success

The NBA regular season begins this week, and we are in for an incredible season of exciting play from spectacular teams.

But behind every on-court team…is a talented team of staff, and there are few individuals in the league as progressive as Kevin Eastman, former assistant coach and current Vice-President for Basketball Operations of the Los Angeles Clippers. Over dinner recently, Eastman taught me several valuable lessons on leadership, strategy, and planning for the worst in order to achieve the best and I am excited to share them with you.

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The Spurs Model: Know What Matters

No matter your opinion of them as a team, you have to agree that the San Antonio Spurs are a model of consistency, winning… and diversity.

Each of the seven foreign-born players on their roster was an integral component to the team’s success. One of the breakout stars for the Spurs has been backup point guard Patty Mills, who delivered an incredible performance in the fifth game of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. Mills scored 17 points, including four straight 3-pointers, helping the Spurs clinch the championship.

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Committing to Great Change

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and interview many of the world’s top athletes and champions.

While their greatness had more to do with their inner characteristics than their ability to touch their toes, I’d be out-of-touch if I completely overlooked the physical conditioning of the great ones. To this day, Michael Jordan looks like he could put a jersey on and make an NBA roster. Michael Phelps’ superior physique was ideal for making historic Olympic splashes but his discipline in achieving strong health and endurance can’t be ignored.

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LeBron’s Leap Year

The closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics capped off an athletic celebration of more than 40 world records being etched in history, and more than 100 Olympic records being shattered.

In a span of 17 days, thousands of the top athletes on the planet showcased what had been, in most cases, at least four years of relentless training. The Summer Games gave us nearly 3 weeks worth of men and women striving for success. It proved that even when surrounded by great achievement, there’s still an opportunity to be even greater.

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