When questioned on what the players want to work on most, Roland says he is a firm believer in repetition and practicing in situations as close to a game as possible.
He then explained how he watches film on his clients beforehand, as one would expect a former video coordinator to do. By studying the film through his partnership with Synergy Sports, Roland can take a team’s actual plays or drills and run his clients through those repetitions in their sessions with BluePrint. He then proceeded to show me two Houston Rockets plays that he had Shaun Livingston working on over the summer.
But it wasn’t all talk with Roland during our visit. I witnessed him working out NBA veteran Morris Peterson, and second-year forward Derrick Byars. Both guys are hoping to catch on with a team before the end of training camp and most of Roland’s other clientele were already with their respective teams by the time of my visit.
On this day the focus was long-range shooting. Peterson and Byars ran curls and fades before receiving passes for a variety of mid-range and three-point jumpers. These were followed up with light running (down and back drills), then back to the jump shooting. This alternated with the intensity ramping up at each station until till they completed a full rotation around the arc from one corner to the other. It wasn’t the most intense day and yet both players were winded and satisfied with their hourlong workout before heading back into the 95 degree heat of Miami.
Roland told Peterson and Byars that he would see them tomorrow, to which they each gave an enthusiastic yet dog-tired head nod of assurance as if that was all they could summon the energy to do. “No days off” is the BluePrint slogan/catchphrase/mantra and it appeared both players had bought into that mantra in search of their next opportunity.
BluePrint Basketball boasts an impressive list of clients and is good standing with agents and coaches around the league despite not having its own facility. “I really want my own gym. Just one court and base everything out of there … hopefully in a year or two you come see me again and I have my own floor, that would be awesome.”
In just their first year of business, the trio of trainers have worked with the NBA Rookie of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year, and the runners-up to the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. That’s a blueprint even Jay-Z could appreciate.
Is this what these stars should be doing?
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