Mindfuel Magazine

By Luis Valdes | A digital magazine devoted to the quest for excellence in performance.

LeBron at the line: Anybody’s guess, including his own

Begin Slideshow 2<p>Image 1of/2<p>Caption<p>Close<p>After a season of experimentation, fresh ideas arriving nonstop, <b>LeBron James</b> stepped to the free-throw line …

LeBron James defers on Warriors thoughts: 'It's too stressful'

BOSTON -- As they celebrated defending their Eastern Conference title Thursday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers weren't ready to focus on defending …

Basketball

Kelsey Plum Is About to Take the WNBA By Storm

Kelsey Plum was second-guessing her commitment.<p>University of Washington head coach Kevin McGuff had abruptly left for Ohio State, leaving Plum unsure …

Basketball

Daniel Gibson Tells Us Why Life After Basketball Was So Hard, And What LeBron Means To Him

Daniel Gibson was hand-picked by LeBron James to become the 42nd pick in 2006 NBA Draft. Coming out of Texas, James saw what Gibson could bring, a ball-handling, gutsy shot maker with lots of potential. As a second-round draft pick, the chances of sticking and staying in a location for a …

NBA

Steph Curry explains the secret to his basketball 'dominance'

Without any hint of exaggeration, David Feherty’s Golf Channel show “Feherty” is probably the best sports interview show on television. It’s not just the slate of guests he lands on the show — which range from George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice to Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier — it’s the quality …

Basketball

Three Sports Performance Companies Combining Technology & Science To Build Superior Athletes

In today’s sports, the difference between winning and losing, success and failure, is small.<p>Football is said to be “a game of inches.” In baseball a player has “less than the blink of an eye” to hit the ball.<p>The bar is constantly being raised as athletes build upon the foundation that the prior …

Atlanta Falcons

Diana Taurasi: A part of her still thinks 'I’m not a good basketball player'

PHOENIX — There isn’t much Diana Taurasi hasn’t accomplished on the court as an individual and with a team, or between college, the pros and overseas.<p>…

Basketball

John Wall, getting the superstar treatment, shakes off a slow start to play like one

On Sunday night, a line of fans formed in the Verizon Center hallway near the entrance to the Washington Wizards‘ locker room. In the front stood Stephen Jackson, who played for eight teams over his 14-year NBA career. He never played for Washington, but there he was adorned in a “dc” cap and a …

Basketball

Ryan Zimmerman was one of MLB’s worst hitters in 2016. Here’s why he’s now the best.

Ryan Zimmerman’s bounce-back season is truly stunning.<p>The 32-year-old first baseman for the Washington Nationals was underwhelming in 2016, to say the least. His batting average (.218) and on-base plus slugging (.642, 21 percent lower than the league average) were career lows and his minus-1.3 wins …

Baseball

The Real-Life Diet of Jeremy Lin

Professional athletes don’t get to the top by accident. It takes superhuman levels of time, dedication, and focus—and that includes paying attention to what they put in their bellies. In this series, GQ takes a look at what athletes in different sports eat on a daily basis to perform at their best. …

NBA

A New Obsession

I’ve never been a writer before, but you know what?<p>Before this season I’d never really been a point guard, either. So let’s do this.<p>The other day …

NBA

Warriors star Klay Thompson explains how he gets himself right for game day

Warriors star talks to CBS Sports about how he gets his mind right<p>Klay Thompson gets away from the game to be great at it.<p>The Warriors' Splash Brother talked to CBS Sports in cooperation with Chocolate Milk about how he gets himself right for game day.<p>"If I don't have my gameday nap, just chalk it …

Basketball

'You've Got to Hit First': Draymond Green Reveals His Secrets to Stopping Stars

It has been said of any number of top-flight NBA defenders over the years: "He can guard all five positions." Warriors forward Draymond Green is among them, with one exception—he not only can, he does, sometimes in the same game.<p>Exactly how does a 6'7", 229-pound forward with average NBA foot speed …

Basketball

Obsession Is Natural

On November 12, 1996, Allen Iverson dropped 35 on the Knicks in a win at the Garden.<p>On November 12, 1996, I played five minutes and finished with two …

Here's how Patriots coach Bill Belichick makes decisions under enormous pressure

For legendary New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, a football game is a little like going to war.<p>In a rare interview, Belichick spoke with CNBC …

New England

A 38-year-old mental coach has become one of the NBA's premier resources

On February 19, Aaron Gordon experienced one of the lowest moments of his young career.<p>Tasked with headlining the 2017 All-Star Dunk Contest after a jaw-dropping performance in 2016, the 21-year-old Orlando Magic forward simply couldn't get a dunk to go down.<p>On a big stage with thousands of people …

Basketball

Bill Belichick: Tom Brady isn't a 'great natural athlete,' but he has 3 traits that make up for it

Being successful isn't always about having talent. Often, it's hard work that really pays off.<p>That's according to legendary New England Patriots …

The NBA Playoffs Are Here And Here’s How Stephen Curry Trains His Mind

A new campaign for healthcare brand Kaiser Permanente stars the Golden State Warriors superstar talking about the mental side of the game.<p>This weekend, the Golden State Warriors will begin their first-round NBA playoffs series against the Portland Trailblazers, and you can bet that Stephen Curry …

Basketball

How To Be A Great Sports Agent: Preparing Players for The Draft

The prolonged “second season” of scouting players for the 2017 NFL Draft is heading into it’s last few weeks and players can still impact their standing with teams. Agents who understand the intricacies of the process and have feedback from franchises can help their clients maximize their final …

NFL

This story from Tony Romo's rookie year perfectly captures his risk-taking mentality

Romo took a huge risk in the second preseason game of his NFL career<p>Imagine you’re an undrafted free agent rookie quarterback out of a Division II school. You had several offers from NFL teams but decided to take the one from the team coached by Bill Parcells, one of the most famously stern and …

NFL

Stephen Curry, NBA, Kaiser Permanente Take On Mental Health Issues

NBA superstar Stephen Curry reveals the personal struggle of dealing with skepticism he needs to "Overcome" by training his mind in the same way he …

Orioles' Mike Wright turns back to sports psychology books to get his mind right for 2017

Mike Wright's year-end mental inventory of an uncomfortable and unsatisfying 2016 season made him realize he has been in such a place before, and …

Baseball

Bob Tewksbury is Giants’ mental performance coach

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The season is a long, arduous grind. Months and months are spent away from home. The failures heavily outweigh the successes.<p>It’s natural for baseball players to have mental anguish issues, and baseball teams are getting hip to finding qualified people to deal with those …

Baseball

Explain One Play: We take Steph Curry for granted

Curry’s quietly historic game<p>We take Stephen Curry for granted. Yes, I do too. Not as much as you do, but I wasn’t even going to write about a Curry …

Basketball

Warriors film room: The uniqueness of Klay Thompson’s game

OAKLAND — Plenty of factors contributed to this recent get-well five-game win streak from the Warriors. Included: The mass rest in San Antonio that …

Here's What Happened When a Junior College Team Copied the Golden State Warriors For An Entire Season

South Plains College applied Steve Jobs's "great artists steal" quote to the Warriors. Now they're on top of the world.<p>Maybe you don't care about sports. That's okay. But if you want to be successful in entrepreneurship and life, take a minute to consider the men's basketball team at South Plains …

Basketball

Vince Carter explains the secrets behind his incredible longevity

How has the 40-year-old Carter discovered the fountain of youth? We asked him and several of his teammates.<p>ATLANTA — Vince Carter is relaxing inside the training room of the Philips Arena visitor’s locker room about an hour before tipoff. Carter laughs on occasion, just taking in the moment. He’s …

Basketball

Steve Kerr’s Mic’d-Up Pep Talk With Stephen Curry Sheds Light On Coach’s Value

1,920<p>There might be NBA head coaches who are better than Steve Kerr when it comes to strategy, but the Golden State Warriors head coach certainly …

Are the Wonderlic and other psych tests really useful for the NFL?

Players have been taking it since the mid-1980s but what are they really testing?<p>In 1936, a Northwestern University graduate student by the name of …