This is going to be a quick Blog Post on the subject. You hear the word Pro being thrown around a lot in our game. You can't go 5 seconds without hearing if you want to be a pro you ned to do this or you need to do that. In the end it is all subjective I guess. Everyone sees the game differently and that's what makes it so great.
From being around Pros at all levels and working with one of the best of all time in Kobe Bryant I have my own definition of what a "PRO" is. I think players at all levels and the coaches that work with them can take something from this. Being a great pro isn't the points that you put up or what level a player that you are.
Ask Yourself what a Pro is?
The answer that most give me is that its a player that gets paid to play the sport. No that's not what a "PRO" is in my book. A "PRO" is someone that prepares at a high level day in and day out regardless of how they feel or what kind a day they are having.
In my 24 years of working with professional basketball players here are my traits of a true "PRO"
I could have listed countless things, but wanted to stop there. It's hard being a professional because being a good one means that you bring it everyday. It's easy to say that you want to be a "PRO" but walking the walk everyday takes a special type of person. You can be a PRO at any level, but you have to understand that you need to live by a code every day and bring it everyday. Bringing it everyday is what a true "PRO" is all about. I've worked with true professionals that averaged 2.3 points per game and ones that averaged 37 points per game. Being a True "PRO" is about having the mindset of a "PRO" it has noting to do with what the stat sheet says at the end of the night.