By Ellie Lieberman
Five-star recruit out of high school. Number one pick in the NBA Draft. Too quiet to lead. These are all labels that Anthony Bennett has worn through the years. After listening to this episode of Mental Buckets, it will become clear that Bennett is a fighter. He's overcome injury, ignored the doubters, and continuously worked to sustain a pro career in the NBA, the G-League, and internationally. Learn more about the fire that continues to drive Bennett towards basketball success, and the veteran players who've supported him, regardless of what challenges he's faced with.
Bennett discusses overcoming these obstacles, and especially the perception of him, in his conversation with Packie and Mike. He remembers the ups and downs of his basketball career thus far, such as the games he felt unstoppable.
“Honestly I can’t even really describe it. We’re not gonna get dogged, you know, on TV,” Bennett said of his UNLV vs Cal game in college in which he had 25 points. “Everybody had that same mentality. It’s just you gotta go out there and fight.”
More than anything, he gets candid about the ins and outs of life as a pro hooper, and what it takes day in and day out, to maintain success, a healthy lifestyle, and mental strength. Tune into this must-listen episode of Mental Buckets.
There’s one particular exercise Clair Steele will never forget from UPB. And that’s Packie’s famous five-minute plank that would be thrown in at the end of workouts. Clair Steele used to dread those planks.