This is almost entirely non-basketball related, but there's a very interesting article in the New York Times magazine about how practice affects performance. For all of you readers with kids in sports, you'd do well to read it, especially if you want them to play for Bill Self someday. It's written, by the way, by the auther of Freakonomics:
"I think the most general claim here," Ericsson says of his work, "is that a lot of people believe there are some inherent limits they were born with. But there is surprisingly little hard evidence that anyone could attain any kind of exceptional performance without spending a lot of time perfecting it."
A few freaks like Jim Brown, Bo Jackson and others come to mind that would seem to be anecdotal exceptions to the above principles, but well, what's life without exceptions?