Los Angeles Clippers were close to winning over Chicago Bulls in an exciting NBA game in November 1984 with a result 100:104 at the end. Derek Smith gained 33 points and was one of the best players in the game. By skills and talent, he was close to overthrown Michael Jordan and take the lead. Chicago Bulls succeed to go to finals after an exciting game, but with a lot of luck and uncertainty. LA Clippers and Derek Smith finished the competition, but they were partially satisfied due to the equality with a great NBA club such was Chicago Bulls at that time. He was considered the greatest potential and possible NBA star, however, the life wanted something different.
Derek Smith used different styles of training with their teams in both cases like a player and like coach. They ran often in order to increase the physical condition and speed. They train the accuracy by constant shooting from different distances to the basket, and that’s what a really useful exercise in the long run. Derek used the gym with his teammates when they want to increase their strength. They did it by developing muscles on the entire body but focused especially on arms, legs, and stomach. The team was really into different styles of training to try and increase not only their precision, but also to improve their reflexes. From training in the water to training on mixed martial arts equipment they did it all. He even got into the habit of training on a speed bag and a free standing boxing bag in the mornings and evenings, as it greatly improved his precision and fast twitch reflexes, which were the two main skills he was trying to improve.
Derek Smith – The Beginning
Derek Smith was born in Hogansville, Georgia on November 1, 1961. He spent the entire childhood in the area and played basketball more than often. That’s how he started to build the basketball skills. In Derek’s case, it began from an early age, when he was a little kid. He later continues to play more seriously when he joined Hogansville High School basketball team where he attended the classes.
That’s how Derek’s professional carer started developing. It was clear from the beginning he was born to play that sport which was noticed by the school officials and authorities. But that was just the beginning. Derek was quite ambitious, he wanted to finish college as well while playing the basketball at the same time. After successful completion of Hogansville High School, Derek joined the University of Lousiana and started to play for their college basketball team, known as Cardinals.
From the first year, his clubs began to defeat opponents clubs, so they won the NCAA championship by eliminating UCLA with a result of 59 against 54. But the college basketball team playing is always limited until a player finishes the studies, so the same was in Derek’s case as well. He played for the university until 1982