On the surface, it may seem that these teachings are “just” about the game of basketball. However, if you pay close attention and make a conscious effort to apply these ideas to your game, you will quickly come to realize that the habits, mindsets, and approaches that make you successful on the court are generally the same ones that make you a success in anything else you choose to do in life. These principles are applicable in many pursuits, whether it be competing in a sport, playing an instrument, being a doctor, running a business, or raising a family. There is a depth to these teachings that goes beyond “just basketball.” Try them for yourself and you’ll see.
And while not every great player in the history of basketball has been blessed with his or her own set of keys to the gym, you’d be hard pressed to meet a highly-skilled player who doesn’t at least know the name of the janitor or custodian who takes care of the gym he or she practices and plays in. Anyone who spends a lot of time in the gym working on their game at odd hours of the day and night has a lot of interactions with the janitor. And anyone who has met a lot of janitors knows that they are usually some of the best human beings you could ever hope to meet.
So meet J-Dub. The resident janitor of the Keys to the Gym blog and your personal guide while you’re here. He’s a humble, unassuming fella with a mystical swag and a lot of wisdom. Most importantly, he’s the guy with the Keys to the Gym, which, in this case, represents all of the ideas, information, and inspiration about basketball and life that can be found on this site.
And remember how we said this site is about going deeper and reading between the lines? Well, J-Dub is a nod to another great teacher-coach in this lineage of teachings — the great John Wooden.
J-Dub is handing you the Keys to the Gym. May you use them to get better, to dream, to be your best, and to experience the best of what The Game has to offer.