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Episode 102 – Jimmer Fredette – The Basketball Icon

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One percenters. Welcome back to another episode of the one percent podcast. I'll be your host like usual David Nurse.

Guys, I know this quarantine time can seem kind of monotonous. The Groundhog Day. But you can turn this negative into a positive. The perspective, the way that you see each day. Think about the small gifts that you have, the warm bed, you wake up in, the food you have to eat, the air you're breathing. Take about just the small things that change your perspective and use this time to pivot crisis for opportunity.

Pour into yourself one percent daily in your dreams, in your mind and your body. Develop in your relationships and you will come out of this so much better than you went in. But you have to believe that. You have to believe you have greatness inside of you because you do. In this guy, this guest would tell you you do as well because he had to overcome so much on his journey, the perception that he couldn't be the best basketball player in the world.

He couldn't be the best college basketball player. But he did. From BYU, Jimmer Fredette. Now, I'm really excited about this one because Jimmer is not only one of the best basketball players walking the planet and an absolute just magnet light to so many. But he's a very good friend and even more than the basketball player he is. He's an even greater person. And you're going to see that his sister, who is out of him, the authentic, genuine, honest, true self that he is.

You're going to be able to take away great tricks, tools, habits that Jimmer uses to make him great in his mindset and on court and in his everything overall development and be able to use it in your own life. He's so passionate, driven, motivated. You're just going to come out here as a ball of energy, a ball of light. Jimmer for dead is exactly that. Blessed to have him on the one percent podcast. One percenters, buckle up because here we go.

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So, you know, just having a good time. But I'm happy to be on the podcast with both of you guys.

This is this is great. The quarantine life. And we got Ray McCollom, the amazing guest host, coming straight from China itself. Ray, how you doing over there in China? You surviving, baby?

Oh, yeah. Oh, good, good, good, good. All right.

Before we start this thing off, let's talk about this quarantine real quick. Not at like, OK, what's going on with the quarantine, but what is the sneakiest, coolest thing you guys have done during quarantine for myself? It's been watched my wife do a puzzle while I added two pieces to it and really helped.

Not at all. Which you got me. So I live on a golf course, which is nice gated community. So I'm fortunate enough to be able to drive some golf cart around the neighborhood. And we've had some real great golf cart rides, you know, real great, you know, going out. To forty five. And it's just going around looking for animals and just enjoy being outside. So that's about the best we can do.

Man, that's amazing. Ray, you done anything?

Well, for my core, you know, I was in a hotel for 14 days.

Can you really call dude? Yeah. Yeah, I would say the most creative thing I did, Racich, I created a little in-home gym. I had the bands go, had the weights going in the weight room, created a kitchen. My gosh, everything going.

So I kind of made it made a home within a room right here.

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One percenter telling you, hey, Ray, one of the one of the funniest things, I suppose it was that video, that craziest thing I've done so far.

Ray Ray, one of the funniest things, there's always a video you're doing about the food that you got when you got out of quarantine.

Like, the food wasn't even any good, but it was just the first time you had actual real food, huh?

Exactly. Makes you appreciate everything, you know. Crazy. Crazy.

All right. As we get rolling now, Jimmer starts off with a bang, something that maybe nobody necessarily really knows about to some me kind of like the secret golf cart thing that you got going on. But but start us off with a bang here on this one percent podcast.

Yeah. I don't know if I have any bags for you, but I mean, there's something that I don't. So don't people don't really know about me is that I really enjoy it. I'm actually pretty good at cooking. Wow. Yeah. I like to cook. I enjoy that grilling and different things. But you kind of learn how to do that when you're kind of by yourself a little bit playing overseas in different places. You got a lot of time on your hands.

So I figured out what I was good at, what I could cook. There were types of things like that. So that's something that people are made certain.

It's really cooking. That's really cooking. I cook.

I got played some by the ticktock then and now you can dance.

I didn't know what was on tap that area. I if you if you YouTube me enough, you'll find you'll find a bunch of dancing clips of everywhere that I've been at. So people know about the dance skills already. OK. OK. Let people know that I've dumped the ball at least once in my life. So like I couldn't pick those ones out yet.

May you say you are cooking for sure. So when you ever you say Rose Mary in front of something like I don't care what it is, that means, you know what you're doing. I don't even really know what Rosemary is.

It's one of those marinated it in a rosemary branch chicken. All right. There you go. Marinate it on the grill. Cook it up is great.

UN believable. Whenever we get to travel again, Ray. If you ever get back to the United States, we know where we're going for grill out somewhere off season.

Let's jump into pivoting the pivot's you've made in your life. So let's talk about. Talk about your journey.

But more so the obstacles that you've had to overcome in that journey to get to where you were BYU in the NBA, where you are currently overseas.

What types of obstacles being not the big seven foot or super. I mean, you're pretty athletic, like super crazy, crazy athlete, freak specimen. But things that you've had to overcome obstacles in your journey.

Yeah, for sure. I mean, that's definitely one of I'm just not being the most athletic guy, obviously athletic, but not super tall. I don't have extremely long arms and can't jump is really that well in all these different things that, you know, some guys are blessed with. You know, I don't necessarily wasn't blessed with that, but I was left with a great work ethic, which I think which I think is something that really helped me, you know, was able to get over the hump with that.

But, you know, that's one thing. But also, you know, when I was in high school, I was from a really small school in upstate New York. And because of that, I wasn't very heavily recruited out of high school. And I know Ray wasn't you know, Ray was, you know, let's listen but once to a small army major school. But, you know, both things worked out well for us. But, you know, not being heavily recruited, you know, the coaches would see you and they watch you play and they would be IPN.

You serve a plan and it gets all the best players and play well. But I would still be overlooked. And when you don't get any offers, I don't get any offers, many HCC or fees or Big Ten schools or anything like that. Just the majors at BYU is the best school that offered me a scholarship. So, I mean. So I think being from a small school is a little bit of a hurdle to try to get to where I wanted to go.

And, you know, I think those two things are probably two of the biggest things that would hurt me.

Jimma, I got to ask man first. I've had the pleasure of being your team mate. Yes. And remember me? Young bin Macklemore at the time, we definitely asked you all the questions in the world, man. We really looked up to you. And now. Me being over here in China, where you have been also I played in the Euroleague and being a Europe the last two years. The impact that you've made on the game, like around the world, is crazy.

Obviously, you know, a couple of months ago I posted on Instagram on my story, you had a Shanghai Sharks jersey that they're selling next to LeBron James here. You know, out here in the streets of China.

And I remember last year, Devin Booker, Sam. When you're in Phoenix said something like, you know, I'm teammates, which all in Jimmer for debt. Yeah. Well, that's crazy. That's wild. You know, like. Is the impact that you've made, like on just the basketball world? I mean, around the whole world, you know, I mean, it's like you're good, Gemma. Gemma per day. Like, everywhere you go in Europe, I'm sure you see crazies everywhere in China.

I mean, it's something you dirty and not selling anyone else's jersey out here. Yeah. Yeah. How does it feel?

You know, it's it's it's an honor. I mean, the thing about it is, I don't really I, I feel the impact. But at the same time, you know, you don't really you don't really notice it too much until, you know, people break it up. But one thing that I do know is that I appreciate all the fans. I appreciate all the fans out there. I mean, I know that I have have lots of fun.

I had lots and lots of them since BYU in college days, and they've continued to stay with me through the good and the bad. You know, that's the crazy thing about it, is that not everything is gone perfect for me and my career. And just because it has it doesn't mean that the fans have gone away. They just still have believed in me. And then I've gone to situations, you know, like over in China, obviously, that was perfect for me.

And then things kind of kind of explode it again. And then you realize that it's not just the United States thing. Like you said, it's a worldwide thing. You know, over in China, I might be more popular over in China and the US. Your numbers of people there, you know what I mean? Which is which is pretty amazing to think about.

But it's been an honor to be able to be, you know, not just a great basketball player globally. Hopefully, you know, they get to know me as a person and be a good ambassador just for my family, for my church and everything globally.

And I hope that that's something that people have seen as well. So it's it's been it's been awesome. It's been amazing. I mean, I can't complain about the career I had, the impact that I made, which is that it's been special. It's been fun. Yeah, sure.

To me, that's that's amazing. First of all, I didn't know you guys were teammates. You were teammates in Sacramento. Yeah. Yeah. Oh, my goodness. Look at this. The all star line of here. But a you know what that is? I mean, that's a testament to your abilities that you have, but also to the person that you are. Like you wouldn't be that well received throughout the world if you weren't the genuine giving person.

That takes the time to sign every autograph, to take every picture. I mean, I've seen you around people that TBD t just Bobby new and you're taking your time with everybody. So it's it's a testament to your abilities, but it's also a testament to the person you are. And in in being that just huge global phenomenon that that did you become it. It's obviously there's a weight on your shoulders that you think that can be there. But there's also perceptions that have gone into play throughout your career, through everyone's career.

I mean, Ray can attest to this, too, if you're not super tall, super athletic, they don't think you can play in the NBA. It it's there's perceptions that, like the NBA, my place upon you, that content that that brings you down, that doesn't give you a fair shot, a fair opportunity, because you could play in the NBA. You're one of the top five shooters in the world. And I think I'm a top five shooter in the world.

But I'm going to tell you, you're a top five shooter in the world.

But anyways, how have you dealt with dealing with these types of perceptions that maybe the NBA or some people might place upon you?

Yeah. You know, it it's not easy, especially, you know, right out of college when you're young, you know, because, you know, right away, you know, the perception of me, the two things that, you know, more specifically, the perception for me was one can't play defense, too. Is he a point guard or a shooting guard? And at that point, that was that was still kind of a big deal.

At that point when I got drafted, we weren't like necessarily position less basketball like it is today where, you know, small ball shooting three from a deep range and all that stuff. That was a part of the game. But it wasn't like the main focus of the game like it is now. So they were trying to figure out my position. They're trying to figure out I was a tour, I was one. I handle it, but I play defense against a point guard or against a two guard instead of just, you know, necessarily let me just go out there and kind of figure it out, you know, and to be on whoever it was that time.

And let me play a point or two. It depends on who, you know, let someone else handle. Let me handle. You know, it's kind of like you need to be in that type of a box. So because of that, that that perception defense defensive, what am I going to guard? What position am I in play offensively, you know, made it so that they were trying different things. And if it didn't work, you know, they'd take me out and, you know, they didn't give it a try again.

And, you know, so it's those types of different sections are difficult. But at the same time, there's not much you can do about it. You don't I mean, like, yeah, that's that's the focus. Is that for me, I got some great advice when I was, you know, in Sacramento from Francisco Garcia, it was one of my veterans used said control the things that you. Control and control your attitude, you can control your work ethic.

I have to work hard every day. Try to have a good attitude going in every day. Still being a great teammate, doing the best I can. Whether it's playing or not. And then just try to be happy and bring everybody's energy up every day. So I tried to work on those things and I knew if I continued to do that, that at some point things would turn in my favor. And, you know, I think that they I would say I honestly did at a certain point.

But it wasn't in the NBA. It was over in China. So but I knew that at some point it was going to turn and it worked out for me and I can imagine.

Beautiful answer that. Ray, before you jump in with his next question, I just got to touch on that point that the Demre made of joy playing with joy. How important that is. Jimi, you really do like I see that in you every time you're on the court, there's just like an energy of joy that's coming out of you. And and it's and it shows like it's it's it shows in your game in the way you play. And it's.

Yeah. I just wanted to compliment you on that, that joy is infectious.

So appreciate that. We always bring it. That's something. It's just kind of me as a person. I'm kind of just a happy person.

I try to take a personality into the locker room and it's the game, you know, because I feel like it's a long season. It's a grind, you know, I mean, no matter where you are. So you always have to have at least one or two guys that are upbeat or positive that are, you know, bring some energy every single night. And, you know, so I felt like I was trying to be one of those guys that was just more positivity, trying to be a good person and try to help out as much like good.

If I was playing or I wasn't so awesome.

That's good, man. And when one thing he did say was he said control what you can control. And that's something that the best always. And then with that being said, now you're taking your career in the control of your home and you decide to make the jump to China. How is that decision for you?

Yeah, that was tough. That was really tough. That was right after. So I played in the dealy dealing back then for about a year. I got called up a couple times about pelican's by the Knicks and everything. And then that summer I was kind of debating what I want to do. And San Antonio came to me with a half year teeb deal. So we took that, we took that from San Antonio have guaranteed deal. But it turns out at that point that, know, they weren't necessarily looking for for what I was was what I needed.

They needed more forward. So they ended up cutting me after the pre-season and that was difficult for me because I never been cut from a basketball team and so forth. And so to have them come in and say, you know, we don't want you a part of our team, you know, that's that's difficult to hear. But, you know, at some point, pretty much everybody hears it. And so at that point, I needed to figure out what I wanted to do.

And I felt obviously the NBA at that point, I wasn't the right option. So I had a lot of European offers. And then I had an offer from Shanghai, China. And I talked I spoke with Yao Ming, who was the the the president of the team at the time, and the owner.

And he really wanted me to come over. He's like, you know, we love your skill set. We love what you bring. He's like, we haven't been very good for the past three or four years that made the playoffs. And he's like, we need some type of buzz. And I feel like you can come over here and really see that our team really well and hopefully get the city and energy some buzz. You know, I thought about it and, you know, I prayed about it and, you know, was was nervous to make the jump to China is my first place to go overseas because I didn't know what to expect in and heard some horror stories over there with different players and everything.

But I was like, you know, this is where I feel like I need to go. And my wife is on board. And, you know, I went over there and and, you know, the rest is history, so. But it was it was definitely a difficult decision, but it was something that, you know, I just knew in my mind it was the right decision. The thing that I needed to do and I think you and me and the coach over there, Brian Gordon, who was over there, I think those guys had a lot to do with it.

And that's that's a great decision. You made an ice man from someone playing in the CBA. Now the numbers you put a year put in over here. I mean, Denarius, you put up 40. He's asking for the Mazda five in a game.

You know, I mean, it's it's a book. Some people underestimate. You're in China. Like, from being here, like, that's not easy. Out fair and square 30, 40 every night. You don't people don't realize you're getting double team. You can pick up full court box and won. And in Europe, you're saying that, too, like it's a whole different game. When you when he points in 20 minutes and then the next night is the coach plays you five, eight, 10.

It's just not much time to really produce. And then you got everybody looking at you like, why did you have in the 50 minutes I got just from, you know, playing in China. Europe is like. You you played on every the highest level around the world like you. It's helped you even become a better player now. Just being in the situations that you've had to deal with the last three or four years, being overseas. For sure.

I mean, the thing that I really you know, China really helped me become a better basketball player. The reason why is because you have the ball in your hand so much and you're making decisions pretty much every play. You have to be able to do everything. You rebound. You pass. You score a shoe. You play defense. You get steals. You do. You feel like you're such a big part of winning on that team, which which I enjoyed a dependent person.

I was like, this is great because I love to be able to control the narrative team. It's tough to not play, know or not be as much of a part of winning and having to rely on someone else to do it. But that's the part of basketball.

I mean, you have to do that. But in China, you are really a big part of that, winning and losing. So I thought that was great and I got better as a basketball player. So three years I did that. And, you know, like you said, it's not easy over there. It's difficult. They're physical. They play, are they double? They do everything. They can not score the basketball. They know that's what you want do.

And then I got to Europe and it's a completely different situation. Like I said, you know, pretty much everyone over here plays 20 minutes. You get five to eight shots a game. And that's pretty much what's going to happen on a nightly basis in some games. I played 10 minutes, like you say, some games. I played twenty five times a night. But the one thing that I've learned from Europe is how to be more efficient.

And I think that that's something that really has helped. Like my my shooting percentages this year in the Greek League, I shot 60 percent from the two pointer and 60 percent from the three pointer and the ninety five percent from the free throw line in the Greek league. In the early I was fifty forty ninety as well. So I think that that has really helped me realize to take good shots. And then when I get those good shots to be able to make them.

And I think that's what people are looking for. And you repeat those numbers one more time. Wow. Wow.

They're 60, 60, 90. That's that. That's never been done. That's amazing.

I think a great player this year. Yeah. And the Greek League, I we only played about 15. I played about 17, 18 minutes a game. The Greek League isn't nearly as good as what it used to be. You know, there's still some really good teams in it, but not like it used to be.

But yeah, I shot the ball incredibly well. The best I've ever shot the ball before in my life with those percentages. And so, I mean, but that helps. But I learned how to become a fish. I was like, I know I'm not going to get many shots. So because of that, I was like, oh, what a score I've got to make. You know? I mean, so I was like, all right, I'm just going to really focus in.

And when I get a shot, a focus, then try to nail it, you know, and try to make it. Whereas, you know, in other places you still focus on it. But, you know, in China, you're going to get so many shots off. I missed my first six shots. I was like, I don't care. I can still I can make my next nine, ten shots and still gets where I be.

Whereas in Europe we don't get to. That's so good.

And I love how you adapt to the culture, to the situation that you're in, the mindset that you have Europe, you have to be efficient and you don't just embrace that. You go 60, 90, 60, 60, 90, which is literally nuts. Over in China, you can get a lot of shots, but you're still being pressured physical and. It doesn't matter. Like you score 70 in an open gym and like, I, I can't even score 70 if nobody's guarding me.

And I got like an hour to to score. So you're doing that in the NBA and you're figuring out your role and figuring out what your impact is. Just being able to have that type of mindset, not just for basketball befall listeners of whatever situation you're in, whether it's a job you don't like to be in. I do the best you can. The situation you're in, the surroundings you're in. And it's just going to great things are going to come.

So that that mindset that you have is absolutely one percent mindset. And we talk a lot about that on the on the podcast in staying ahead of the competition, not necessarily just being one step ahead, but how do you get two steps ahead of the competition? Do you have any things in your routine or you're non negotiables that you do that, that you feel like, man, this just gives me the edge. I know you have a relentless work ethic, but is there anything else that you're doing on a daily basis?

Like for me, I'm taking an ice cold shower first thing I do when I wake up so I know I can attack the day, get through anything that day.

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Yeah, there's there's a couple of things that I do. The two things that I like to focus on that maybe other guys, some the other guys may focus on. But something that really is bigger for me is, one, my conditioning. And I love to be. I want to be in the best condition on on the court, because I know that I know that I get guarded so heavily and so tight most of the game, and they fill in different defenders that me.

But a lot of times the defenders, they're playing as hard as they can and they're, you know, they're denying me the ball and know they're doing all these things. And that's that's difficult. That's tiring. And it's time for me to try to get open. But if I can be in better fourth quarter, that's when I can really, really get after it. And that's what I did in China a lot was my second half's were always a lot better usually than my first task because I was in good condition and I could just run around screens, I could run around full court pull ups, do all these things with the other guys just just a little bit tired.

They couldn't quite, quite get their jump off quite as much, you know, different things. So I think that's one thing that I focus on. That's a big deal for me that sets me apart. The other thing is mental. Mental visualization. That's something that is non-negotiable for me. My mom taught me that at a young age and she you know, she told me that, you know, just picture yourself making free throws. Just picture yourself making three point shots because your brain can't really decipher the difference between actually making it physically or if you're thinking about it and you're still making it while thinking about it, it still feels like you're practicing, still feels like you're doing that.

And it gives you that confidence. It gives you that edge that I can do it. So I take time every single day to visualize myself. See, I'm feeling better as a basketball player, becoming better as a person, you know, doing good things. So I that's a big part of my day, whether it's I put my headphones in and go for a run or a walk or whether working out, doing whatever it is, that's something that I do try to do every single day.

It's such a huge key. And for everyone listening out there that visualization and speaking things into existence, like Jim was saying, he's seen himself make those shots before he takes it. And no matter what your dream is, you have to see yourself actually accomplishing that before you do. Like for myself, I've got a book coming out. I it's going to be a New York Times bestseller. I visualize it. It's going to happen. I'm speaking it into existence.

So, so much so much power in that man, so much power in the visualization.

And you're both great. Thank you. You can write your motivation. I love it. I made you do great. You do a great job. You pump me up right about every time I talk to David, I go, I, I, I'm done afterwards.

I'm just pumped up, met the man. He brings the juice for sure. We got to do these podcast daily. That's, that's, that's my love. Languages affirmations. So thanks guys.

Immerman, talk to us. I mean, so career man, you've accomplished a lot, you know, you've done a lot of things and now a lot of guys, whatever the chance to do, still plan at a high level and have a lot in many years still left to go with something that kind of keeps you motivated. What keeps Jimma for Dangote?

Yeah, for sure. It's a it's a great question because, like you said, I have been able to accomplish a lot of things. So a lot of it is a lot of it's just self motivation, me not feeling like I'm ready to end and I have more things that I want to accomplish. You know, it goes from being just a good basketball player to being able to leave a dent in leagues to be able to, like, be one of the best players to ever go to that league.

Yeah, I mean, and that's something that I want to continue to accomplish, whether it be in the Euro League or be in the CBA, wherever it is. Like I want to still leave more of a legacy. And I know in order to do that, I got to continue to work hard. I got to keep getting better.

So I set my own personal goals each and every single season to try to motivate myself that season. That's what I'm going for. That's what I'm that's what I'm motivated to do.

And I've always had a good self motivation. I've always been able to. Not really. I mean, I listen, I hear everything you got. I mean, I'm sure you guys do you hear all of the criticisms. You hear everything that goes on. And of course, that motivates me a little bit. But at the same time, I'm so much more self-motivated where I feel like I need to to get better. I feel like I'm the one that needs to be able to shoot the ball better or play better defense or whatever it is.

You know, I'm always trying to find something in my game that I can get better at or something in my life that I can get better at. And I've had that from a young age, just being competitive and having that self belief that I can always get better.

Ray, how they differ was born a one percenter from the start. But you heard that. Yeah, just. You need improvement, continue to pour in yourself daily. So all of this that he does and the motivation to pawn yourself is now he's able to give to everybody else, like we talked about with the joy and the being, the teammate. It's all about you got to build yourself up so you can give to others. I love that man.

I love that constant growth. Constant learning. Are there things you do throughout your day? Not necessarily just working out wise, but things that you're continuing to learn on. Maybe you're studying players. Maybe you're reading books. How do you continue to grow and learn?

For sure. I've definitely started to read more recently. I listen to a lot of guests. Actually, I like to listen, listen to things while I'm doing stuff. And I've always been a huge basketball watcher. And, you know, I don't necessarily model my game up there one person or anything like that. You know, I never really have, but I've tried to just take things from a lot of different people, just be like, oh, I really like that move or I really like that shot or what he did.

I love that footwork that he just did. Whether it's a big or a small, whatever it is, and I try to implement that into my game. One guy. Yeah. Say, I really did love to watch Deron there. He was back in Utah. I used to love watching him play. He was such a great player. He's a big shouldered guy. Kind of like I was issued. I can handle it great. And pick and roll.

So I guess I was in Utah when he was playing, so I guess the logical of college and everything. So it was really, really fun to be able to do that. But I just have always watched a lot of basketball, whether it be in high school, likes to watch high school games, is to watch all the colleges, NBA, whatever it was. I was watching and trying to progress to get better each and every single day.

So it was a lot of fun to be able to.

There's your there's your best defender. Best fan. Right. There you are. Welcome to the podcast. Little Taft. Taft. Yeah. Leslie over here. Leslie and Taft.

How many you guys got to go. You got to right now. Are you going to go a whole basketball team?

I think we're going to go for at least one more. OK. All right. Three on three. Probably probably three.

We both came from three. So that's what we're thinking now. So I'll figure it out.

But I did the best I always had. We're always having fun. Nice, nice man.

Back to that question. I love that you said Deron Williams, because that your game is a lot like his now that I'm thinking about it. You have that same kind of hesitation bouncing back high crossover. And that's that's huge. Like you study in you compare yourself to others, like a lot of people say comparisons a bad thing. But if used in the right way, you could compare yourself to others. You can steal from them, study them or I like this move.

I like what he's doing. And it helps build yourself up. So, man, amazing answer. And I can absolutely tell in your game for sure.

Yeah, that's crazy. You said it because I was I was just about to ask you someone you always kind of modeled your game after and in someone. Well, like you do. You know, other players like myself, like that's something that we still work on. We have to you know, some guys are still trying to tune up their shot mechanics, trying to get more efficient should agree. Someone who's shooting, you know, 60 percent, 40 percent from the three.

Like going into that. And, you know, you know, whether you're going back to Europe or you're in the NBA or China. What is something that you want to work on going into next season? Because those percentages. It's like you kind of name the game is making and you're doing that at a high level. So what what are you working? Yeah, for sure.

It's always something that I'm fine tuning. I mean, obviously I'm always shooting to get to just continue to keep that going. I want to continue to get better in that aspect. You know, obviously shooting really well, but you have to continue to shoot in order to keep that pace. You have to make sure that I do that. And now it's more of a confidence thing than it is a mechanical thing. It's just, you know, that night.

You know, I'm feeling it. It's going to go in. Yeah. I mean, and hopefully you have more nights like that and not but, you know, having that mental you know, making sure that you put in the work and then mentally thinking that you're going to make it, you know, every night, that's going to help my shooting. So for me, the biggest thing is just kind of how do I now create my shot?

You know, I can actually make I can make the shot once I get it. It's about creating shots. So I've worked a lot on off the ball movement. You know, I was always a point guard growing up with BYU. And then once I got to the pros, they kind of not all a little bit more. So I had to learn how to get better off the ball movement, whether it's back towards coming off of screens, fades, curls, whatever it is.

And then I work I work a lot on ball ball handling and, you know, just quick moves into my shots. Transition moves into my shots and pick and rolls into my shots. So that's what I work on now religiously is just finding different ways that I get my shot off. Just I just need a little bit of space. So as long as I can find a little bit of space, whatever move it is, you know, side step a step back.

You know, a little bump with a shoulder, you know, one foot and say whatever it is, I'm just trying to find new things each season that I can implement my game to get my shot off.

And great answer, No one I really love that you touched on was confidence building your confidence, continued to build your confidence to me and from everybody in the outside looking in. You're one of the most confident people probably in the world, but saying that you want to continue to build your confidence. That means we all win, can waver with confidence. But you have a true self-awareness in who you are that holds that firm confidence, a self-awareness not necessarily based on a if I make shots or miss shots, that's not where my confidence coming from, but from who you are.

So that's that's awesome, man. And we're gonna throw you a we're gonna throw you on the rapid fire hotsy. So this is this. This is whatever comes to your mind. It could be a quick answer. A long answer. Whatever comes to you, spit it out. First one we got. Do you have any favorite mindset quotes to live by? Maybe something that's plastered to your fridge or on your ceiling. What are your go tos for sure?

I have one that comes to mind. It's my favorite quote of all time. It's by Henry Ford. And it's the quote goes whether you believe you can do it or you can't. You're right now.

Hey, I love that one. And because I'm such a I'm such a guy. Talks about mental, you know, mental thinking about a assistance. That was a great call. I heard it in middle school by one of my teachers and I thought it was amazing and I loved it ever since. Beautiful love that coat. Yeah. Since you're on the one percenter podcast, what does being a one two. That's a great question. I think that for me, what I think it believes is what I think it really entails is that I think that everyone at some point during their life can be can do something to be in that one percent category.

But the true one percenters are the people that do the difficult things and do something to better themselves. Every single day I may do something. You may. Some people may do something one day that makes it feel like they're one one percenter. But then the next day, they fall off. And then maybe that gain is that was the true one percenters. And that's what it means to be one percent. It's very difficult, but it's the people that can do it every single day, consistently, consistently to get better because a lot of people can't do it.

So if you're doing it, you're going to be one percenter.

Boom. Consistency raise hidden our words. It's like he's stealing from the book. Is stealing from everything we got. Consistency, relentless consistency, a love, a man. I was there a moment that you realized, man, I'm in the NBA. Maybe there's a moment that you were just going off, or maybe was a moment since you got dunked on or something. But was it ever time that you were on that floor? You like it maybe was a time that you saw Ray that Ray came into practice.

You got Ray's.

Man, I'm in the NBA for sure. For sure. Always. That was always I was always made for me. But, yeah, the one thing was I mean, for sure, my welcome to the NBA moment was literally my first getting into the NBA. The first I was coming off of the bench. I checked in the first quarter I came in, I was Sacramento against the L.A. Lakers. Obviously a really big rivalry for especially for the Sacramento Kings fans.

They don't like the Lakers. And, you know, we I came into the game, checked in, plan to guard the first person that came up and guarded me, Kobe Bryant. Wow. Legitimately. He came in. I came into the game to run on offense. He came right up to me. You put a shot. He put his forearm right into my chest. And that is a play with the new start to put it right on my chest, he said.

Welcome to the NBA, young fella.

Huh? Wow. So he actually said, welcome to the NBA you. That's that's amazing.

Let's let's get after it. I guess so. That's that's what it was.

That was crazy, man. Yeah, that's amazing. Especially when he just tells you straight up. Welcome to the NBA.

Welcome to both of.

Your definition of leaving a legacy mean to you. That's a great question as well for me. I for sure want to leave a legacy as a basketball player. I want people to realize that or to recognize maybe that I that I was a winner. That was a great teammate. But I was also, you know, a great score, a great shooter. You know, I want people to think that I was one of the best scorers and shooters that they've ever seen.

You know, that's what I wanted to leave on the corner. You know, as well as being a winner, a guy that brought a winning mentality to a team. But I also don't necessarily just want to leave a legacy. You know, as a basketball player, I want to leave a legacy as being a good Christian as well. That's more important to me. I hope that all of my teammates, all of my coaches that played with all felt like I was being genuine.

I was being a good person and trying to do good things. And hopefully, you know, they recognized me as a good teammate, someone that, you know, wanted to be there and wanted to be helpful as much as I could. You know, that's a huge thing for me, because that's what ultimately is most important in this life for me. So to leave a legacy not just on the floor, but off the floor, to be able to be a good person, to have people recognized that, I think that that's going to help you out way more down your life than just being a great basketball player.

Man, such a good answer. Absolutely. Agree to the max spot on why he's doing that all around the world.

Around the world. I'm doing it. I'm doing in my apartment building here with my wife and and whoever sees me, the vulnerability. But all around the world. Baby, I love it. OK. So I would assume if you weren't playing professional basketball, you would be a gourmet chef. Going to make that assumption. So you got to give me what is your go to meal? This is the thing. Like it's spa, it's fancy. It's it's the one big, big time dish to show off on Master Chef.

What do you got in your kitchen?

I think that's a good question. I mean, we make a lot of different things. I want one thing. I love to cook, you know, probably more. Another is probably pasta. We love to we love to cook pasta. We do this this this kind of spicy chicken alfredo pasta. So it's kind of a a little bit of an Alfredo sausage. It's a cream based to ask Alfredo Greenbay sauce with some red chili peppers in it, some salt and pepper, some garlic powder, a little bit of oregano, a little bit of onion powder chopped up some Monya, it's chopped up some some some chili flakes and we mix it all up and saw it and put it in, you know, and, you know, in a pan.

And we kind of mix the chicken in with it and then we dump it on the pasta. And it's kind of like a spicy chicken pox alfredo pasta. And it's got a little bit of a kick to it. But it's so it's a little bit different than just the regular fettuccine Alfredo. But it's it's spectacular. We love it. We love it that we were we have it kind of down pat. I mean, we'd like it and we know how to make it.

So would be something that I think that people would enjoy.

If I made it nice, we would enjoy that. Me and Ray will probably throw our pasta in the microwave called ramen noodles. But you're an inspiration, man. Demre, you are off the rapid fire hot seat and the one percent podcast. But before we let you out of here, how can we all follow you? How can we all find everything that you're doing?

Everything. Jimma, where's it at? Yeah, I mean, you know, I've I've seen on all the social media sites, you know, Jim, for that one of them's Gimbert for I think financially consumer for that underscore 32 or Jim for that. Thirty two. I can't remember which one it is, but I'm out there for sure. I'm terrified. So if you want to follow me, I'm not very I'm not very cool on social media.

My wife is way better. I have to be honest with you.

She actually is really good at social media, actually banks. She actually is the one that does most of my posts anyway. She's really good at it. But the one thing I do want to say is if you want to follow my foundation, I have a foundation. It's the family foundation. And you can go to Jim Atrocity dot org. So it's Jimma. And then just like generosity, Jim, atrocity dot org. And you can check in on all the things that we've done and all the things that we do.

We mostly are in the Utah area and also the upstate New York area where I'm from. But we've branched out, done things all over the country. We did some things in Greece this past year, some refugee camps and everything. But we've been able to do a lot of great work, especially in the school districts. We focus on trying to help kids promote kindness and understand the importance of an inclusive city. And we do anti-bullying programs and school districts.

So it's really a great thing. We've had a lot of success with it and it continues to grow. We've got about 15000 kids almost in our programs across the tiny New York area, and it's been great.

So we're continuing to grow. So if you want to look at it. Yeah, well, city dot org will help you.

We always could use more help, so maybe we will absolutely promote that. And I mean, we'll look we'll leak into the show, knows for sure.

But that's that's huge, man. That's huge. You using your platform, a basketball God given abilities you have for so, so much more. And I know like you can be proud about the stars of the 60, 60, 90, but I'm sure would. That's the thing that makes you the most proud, your family and they have right there. That's that's amazing. Junior, you're you're just a breath of fresh air in so many ways. I've been able to know you for a few years.

And like you said, every time I talked to you, you pull me up, you motivate me, you give me joy like those type of people that we just love being around. Ray the same for sure. So may I just all I can say is keep being you. I don't know what else to say. I have any advice every day. Ray, you got any last parting words before we'd let this guy out here?

Man this is who he is, man. Great guy. I met him seven years ago. Now, Joe keeps on your line. The world, miss. They hope they let the rest of the way and keep up those points for us.

Man you're a man thanks to you. Good luck out there. I hope they figure things out out there for you. But I've talked to some people in Shanghai. They all said they love you out there. They love you, they appreciate you. They say you're a great guy and obviously a great basketball player. So I was I was awesome to be able to now be able to be your teammate, help you out a little bit in Sacramento, and now we're all doing great things.

And David, thanks for all your your help and training and all the time. We're it's always so I appreciate both. Yeah.

And that's a wrap on this week's episode of the one percent podcast.

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