It all starts at the short corner. Take one dribble, turn around and shoot a 15 foot jump shot. Swish. Rebound the ball, begin the process again. The same shot, over and over, with exquisite form, and executed with intense concentration. Michael Finley had been at it for three hours. Same shot, and for the most part, same result. Meanwhile, Shawn Dennis sat on the sidelines of the San Antonio Spurs training facility that morning in 2006. He was a guest of one of the most successful franchises in modern NBA history, and Finley’s discipline to work on the same shot for hours was a moment he would never forget. It showed Dennis' how discipline and focus, and not buckling under pressure, was the key to success.
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