• Baker opens clinic to PH cagers

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    Elite basketball trainer and motivational speaker Ganon Baker is in the Philippines to hold a five-day camp titled The Ganon Baker Basketball Camp Manila 2016 that started on Monday at the Ronac Art Center in San Juan City.

    The Philippines was the 42nd country that Baker’s clinic has visited.

    Baker has worked with National Basketball Association (NBA) superstars Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Vince Carter, Britney Griner, Mya Moore, Tamicha Catchings, and Skylar Diggins, among others.

    “If you want to be great, you need to study how to be great. You got to research it. That’s a mental. For physical preparation, you need continuous rigid training.”

    “Great players are passionate about their craft. When I was in the court with Amar’e, he always asked me questions on how to improve his game,” said Baker.

    “Their preparation for greatness is unmatched. As soon as they get into the floor, they’re into their body.”

    “They are in touch with their coaches. They do a great job in listening to their coach and asking questions.”

    Baker will be assisted by local organizer Eric Bañes, a certified skills coach and strength and conditioning specialist who was instrumental in bringing Baker to the country.

    Bañes had trained with Baker’s high-performance sports school – the Elev8 Sports Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

    “This is a rare opportunity for coaches and players to take advantage of because people spend thousands of dollars just to go to Florida to learn these basketball lessons from the master himself,” said Bañes.

    “Now, they can save on travel expenses, board and lodging and other incidentals because he is here.”

    “Training with Baker dramatically changes player performance and coaching approaches,” Bañes concluded.

    The Manila camp will focus on defensive techniques and conditioning as well as special drills and game approaches that provide winning edge in basketball.

    Coaches Mon Jose and Aris Dimaunahan are some of the local athletes who will assist Bañes and Baker in the Manila camp.

    According to Baker, besides basketball, he wants to teach the participants career exploration.

    “Through basketball, what is God’s purpose in your life?” Baker said.

    Baker had a chance to watch a Philippine Basketball Association game on Sunday.

    “Well, I love the up-tempo. I love the toughness of both teams. Physically on defense, they used their body. I was pleased with the skill levels of the guard and the toughness of the players. Those guys are tough. The fans are great.”

    Baker offers some words on how Filipino cagers could attain world-class skills, “Do things that most players won’t do. Put yourself like 99 percent of the players out there are only going to do when their coach ask them to do. They have to show up early if they can. Do a couple of drills to work on their weaknesses. In practice, don’t get bored but stay on the moment.”

    For information on the clinic contact 09178090067.

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