It’s the voice in your head that that tells you to push through past seemingly impossible fatigue on the gridiron. It’s the thought that keeps your motor running at a supreme level on the hardwood.
It’s getting your parents that new house, it’s retiring your grandmother, it’s, simply, never wanting to be picked last again.
Motivating factors in sports range from the simple to the simply inconceivable; but they’re all necessary factors in the production of elite talent.
Every Monday we’ll catch up with elite athletes on all levels and get them to dish on the single most powerful motivating factor that’s gotten them to where they are now.
Today we caught up with Westtown School (Chester, Pa.) forward Mohamed Bamba, who is ranked No. 3 overall in the ESPN 100 for 2017.
The greatest motivating factor that’s gotten me to where I am today is… “The odds that are stacked against me to fulfill my dream; not just for the NBA but to get a basketball scholarship. There’s a slim chance for both if you look at the numbers. That’s what I think about every time that I take the court. I’ve got to make it. I’m a young, black man in Harlem and you see a lot in my environment. Just knowing that I can do something as little as put a ball in the rim and that can help me to be successful makes me want to go hard every time I’m on the court. I want to beat the odds.”
Here are the fruits of Mohamed Bamba’s motivation.
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