Friday, December 19, 2008

Using TV as a tool

Chris Paul, who led the NBA in steals last year, is averaging nearly three steals per game this season.

But unlike some players who rack up steals because they take take lots of chances (many of which result in easy baskets for their opponents), Paul "doesn't gamble unnecessarily. He doesn't create a defensive liability for his team merely to pad his stats."

So what's his secret?

He watches a lot of TV, but not in a passive sort of way. He uses it as a tool.

"NBA League Pass is the best thing that ever was invented. People think I'm crazy with how much basketball I watch or how much I'm around it. After I get a steal, I tell myself, 'I knew that was going to happen.' I feel like I've seen just about every play you can possibly run."