Mindfuel Magazine

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

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 …

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 …

Basketball

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 …

Golden State Warriors

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 …

NBA

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 …

NFL

The performance enhancer for your brain: How elite athletes are using EEG to get a mental edge

<i>The following is excerpted from HEAD IN THE GAME by Brandon Sneed. Copyright 2017 by Brandon Sneed. Used by permission of Dey Street Books, a</i> …

Beach Volleyball

Power of science: Warriors thrive with chemistry experiment

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Zaza Pachulia holds his own during competitive games of poker on the airplane alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson — they call it the "Good Guys Table." Andre Iguodala and JaVale McGee, one-time teammates with Denver reunited in Oakland, hold secret chats.<p>"We're building …

Basketball

Steph Curry's Secrets to Success: Brain Training, Float Tanks and Strobe Goggles

<b>You’ve probably seen</b> the viral video.<p>Steph Curry dribbles a basketball with one hand and with his other tosses a tennis ball back and forth with his trainer. This is just one in a long series of his typical, elaborate dribbling drills—only he’s also wearing some sort of goggles, the lenses of which …

Basketball

Can Baseball Solve the “Yips”?

The very real psychological condition known as the “yips” was on display in the brightest of spotlights: Game Seven of the World Series last fall. …

Rick Ankiel Says He Drank Before Games, Talks Anxiety of Pitching

Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Rick Ankiel said he needed alcohol to calm his nerves at the start of the 2001 season.<p>In an interview on <i>The Ryan Kelley Morning After</i> on 590 The Fan, Ankiel explained his drinking before the game in his first start of the year as a 21-year-old:<p>Before that game…I'm …

Baseball

NBA All-Star 2017 News: Klay Thompson Wants Cavs In Finals Again, Has Odd Pre-Game Ritual

The emergence of Klay Thompson as one of the NBA’s best players has many observers placing him among the greatest sharpshooters of all time. The …

Basketball

Mitty’s Aaron Gordon blending mental, physical

Hours before Orlando power forward Aaron Gordon was introduced to the basketball world in last year’s NBA dunk contest in Toronto, the anxiety set in. Thoughts of missed dunks, smirking judges and an injured mascot permeated.<p>“I closed my eyes and started visualizing everything I’d learned since I …

NBA

The 3-Point Shot and the Time Lag of Innovation

Malcolm Gladwell discusses the evolution of 3-pointers on ‘The Bill Simmons Podcast’Continue reading on The Ringer »

Basketball

This is the 'Halo' Julio Jones wore to get to the Super Bowl

The Falcons star receiver gives a shoutout to Halo Sport, whose high-end headphones helped him get to the big game.<p>On his way to the Super Bowl, Atlanta Falcons' star wideout Julio Jones let technology take care of his head and toe.<p>In early December, the Pro Bowler developed a serious case of "turf …

NFL

Klay Thompson: Shooters Shoot

The sports world lost its collective mind on July 4, 2016 when Kevin Durant announced via <i>The Players’ Tribune</i> that he was leaving the comforts of …

How Much Better Would LeBron James Be If He Slept Once in Awhile?

The NBA's grueling schedule probably won't let us find out.<p>Imagine how good the NBA would be if players took time off. Using LeBron James and the Cavs as a case study of sorts, ESPN dug into the stats, and they are damning: When players spend more time on the court for more days in a row, they …

Cleveland

The role of Geoff Miller, the Phillies' mental skills coach

"I’ve never found a better way to get through to a player than to simply make it clear to him that I believe in him."<p>"Even though I know most of …

Baseball

This Is the Book Tom Brady Hails for His Unshakable Mental Toughness

The Super Bowl LI MVP just delivered the greatest comeback in history. And he was cool, calm, and collected.<p>After watching Tom Brady and the New England Patriots pull off the most improbable comeback in sports history, I think we can all agree on a few things:<p><b>Super Bowl LI is the greatest comeback</b> …

NFL

Tom Brady's Latest Act of Greatness Was a Lifetime in the Making

HOUSTON, Texas — The coronation began in peace. Tom Brady crouched low to the NRG Stadium turf to be completely alone with his thoughts.<p>As confetti poured, music blared and adults cried, nobody bothered him for 30 seconds.<p>First, LeGarrette Blount arrived. Then, Bill Belichick muscled through the …

NFL

Bill Belichick is the architect behind Patriots’ gritty artistry

HOUSTON — There was Dont’a Hightower’s fourth-quarter strip sack. There was Julian Edelman’s acrobatic catch that kept alive the 91-yard, game-tying touchdown drive. And there were dozens of other plays — many by running back James White — that proved similarly crucial to the New England Patriots’ …

NFL

As Tom Brady nears 40, brain training hones his edge

Minneapolis

Athletes 'in the zone' report intense awareness, time transformation

Great performances by athletes become part of the sporting world lore: Kobe Bryant scoring 81 points versus the Toronto Raptors. Joe DiMaggio's …

Sports Science

Is Dak Prescott a one-hit wonder, destined to fizzle? No, not if these 5 things happen

Dallas has a franchise QB, a permanent Tony Romo replacement, on hand if club doesn't screw it up<p>Dak Prescott is the future of the Dallas Cowboys. Tony Romo is the past.<p>But exactly what their future looks like remains to be seen.<p>Is Prescott a stunning young-gun quarterback who continues to grow …

NFL

Tackling Tech: Tom Brady, Smart Clothes and the Pursuit of Peak Performance

The Under Armour -TB12 launch of sleep recovery pajamas could serve as a wakeup call for athletes and trainers looking to find ways beyond limited …

Meet the secret weapon behind the Seahawks' head games

Doug Baldwin has come a long way both on and off the field since he joined the Seahawks. After entering the league as an undrafted free agent, he …

NFL

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan is redeeming himself with a season for the ages - Super Bowl LI

<i>This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 6 Super Bowl Preview Issue. Subscribe today!</i><p><b>HIS MIND'S INTERIOR</b> monologue is an eruption of profanity. …

NFL

The Way Of The Waltons

He liked to imagine himself as the next Larry Bird, a player he had watched practice alongside his dad, Bill, a key member of the mid-'80s Celtics. One of Luke's most vivid memories—along with John Wooden on his lunch box, Carlos Santana at his dinner table, Phil Jackson in his daydreams and Karl …

NBA