Training Diary: Summer experience training NBA player Michael Beasley

By Jay Ramos

In my young career as a performance enhancement specialist and basketball skills trainer in Miami, I’ve been very fortunate to work with several top college and high school athletes in the area, as well as professional basketball players from the overseas ranks. All have had impressive strengths and have accomplished a lot.

But this summer (2014) I had an opportunity to work with the type of athlete who just doesn’t come around very often, Michael Beasley. The six-year NBA veteran was the second overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, and can literally do it all on the court. My goal and focus was to put Michael in positions on the court where he could be most efficient, and rediscover his efficiency in the post, where he wreaked havoc in the Big-10 at Kansas State University. As good as many of my athletes are, few have his combination of size and length to go along with his shooting touch and post acumen. He shot 39 percent from beyond the 3-point arc in 2013-14 with the Miami Heat and is a terror facing up opposing bigs 15 feet from the basket.

Any time I have an athlete for an extended period of time, the progression of SAQ Training (Speed, Agility, Quickness) meet my basketball specific circuits where a player can apply improved basketball athleticism to the court. Through a series of progressions, we figure out which particular moves we teach best fit the player, and repeat them. Despite Mike’s versatility, he was challenged with some new footwork and moves, but proved capable of picking them up fairly quickly. Specifically his face-up post game, his spin moves and counters out of that, and his touch on his fade away jumpers are unstoppable things.

Where his career takes him, it was a fun experience to work with Michael, and I look forward to applying that to the basketball training what we do at our Hollywood facility.

The ironic thing about all this is, although I’m the ‘teacher’ and trainer to these athletes, I feel like I learn just as much from them, whether it be picking up a move they inadvertently try off instincts, or gain insight from their experience, I know this newfound knowledge can help our South Florida basketball training client base.

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