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"I'mma treat you like a winner, and winners beat me to the gym."

Amare-Stoudemire

'A lot of these guys are great when you work 'em out; you probably take more from them than you give.' Now, 'these guys' are the likes of LeBron James, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Amar'e Stoudemire, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and Kobe Bryant. That's the resume of Ganon Baker - one of the best basketball skill coaches out there.

In a recent interview with Ganon, he singled out the one guy from his exclusive group of clients whose career he impacted the most. It's the former NBA superstar Amar'e Stoudamire, who Ganon helped by implanting the more consistent, professional approach towards perfecting his craft as a basketball player.

Baker had lived with Amar'e during summertime, trying to make his game more polished and efficient. The two had around 100 workouts during one summer and Stoudamire showed up for 99 of them. One time he didn't show up on time, Baker left. So when Amar'e got to the gym, he picked up the phone and called Gannon.

'Hey man, where you at? We're supposed to work out.' I'm like yeah, that was an hour ago. I'm not a babysitter; your money doesn't influence me to treat you like you want to be treated. I'mma treat you like a winner, and winners beat me to the gym.

Ganon Baker, ">1-ON-1 with Ganon Baker

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Amar'e cursed him out. But Ganon stuck to his approach. Everyone gets the same treatment, regardless of your NBA stature. Later that day, Baker received a text. It was Stoudamire.

'Man, I apologize for unprofessionalism; it'll never happen again. Let's meet tomorrow at 6 am to make up for that workout.'

Ganon Baker, ">1-ON-1 with Ganon Baker

Their workouts would usually start at 9:30 am. But Amar'e wanted to make up for his mistake. He held himself accountable, and according to Ganon, that's what made him great. He could take punches. He didn't fear the truth. It just took him some time to deal with it. Making that switch was the prerequisite for having a long basketball career, and that's the biggest reason why Amar'e is still playing at a high level in Israel.

He's in great shape, he's taking care of his body, and he even altered his game a little bit, being more of an outside threat, playing more of a finesse, face-up basketball—courtesy of Ganon Baker, the guy who helped make Amar'e into a true basketball professional.

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