All of us as athletes have certain figures in the sports world that serve as role models for us. We see their level of success and then study their behaviors and habits hoping to achieve similar status. In our sport, young players want to duplicate the abilities of LeBron, Kobe, Dwayne Wade, or Steve Nash to name a few. Their elite level of success has separated them and placed them atop the basketball world. An important element of development is to learn the processes that set great people apart from average people. Ironically, I look to role models within the coaching world and one of the coaches that I readily follow is former NFL coach Tony Dungy. In Coach Dungy’s latest book titled Uncommon, he speaks directly to young men about the path to significance in life and what success means. “Success is UNCOMMON, therefore not to be enjoyed by the common man.” This is a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that stayed with Coach Dungy throughout his career and life. We have adopted this as a foundational principle of our program and strive to apply it as we begin the rigors of preseason work. Being UNCOMMON is not easy and at most times is far from comfortable. A tremendous amount of sacrifice and physical work are necessary for any team to have SUCCESS. It is our job to approach preseason workouts in an UNCOMMON way in order to deserve the benefits during the season!