PODCAST: Golden State Warrior Harrison Barnes Joins adidas Group’s Mark King
In the midst of a record-breaking season and playoff run for the Golden State Warriors, Harrison Barnes joins adidas Group’s Mark King on his podcast Extraordinary Happens. At just 23-years-old, Barnes is an NBA Champion and plays a key role on a team that will go down in history as one of the best in all of professional sports. When asked, what’s the difference between a great team and a championship team? With his familiar thoughtful reply, he said, “the little things.”
“The championship team will do all the little things necessary to win at any cost. A lot of people look at basketball and they say, ‘Oh, we need scorers, we need rebounders and we need someone to block shots.’ But, when you get into, for example, the NBA Finals like last year, it’s the little things like setting a screen, cutting without the basketball, running the floor hard, making an extra pass – it’s the little things like that that end up winning you the basketball game. It’s not necessarily the person that’s going to go out there and knock down a whole bunch of open shots and do that type of stuff, because once you get to the finals it’s two great teams.” –Harrison Barnes
“Mentally, I grew so much [in college]. Just in terms of dealing with adversity. You come in and people are telling you you need to average this many points a game, you need to be this type of player, be the number one pick and start doing that type of stuff. The criticism comes down on you about how to do this or how to do that. It’s finding that quiet place mentally where you can say, ‘Okay, this what I need to get better at and this is what I can control, this is what I can’t control’ and just not letting that stuff bother you.” –Harrison Barnes
Extraordinary Happens: Competing in Sports, Business and Life, hosted by adidas Group’s Mark King, is a podcast featuring compelling stories behind the people shaping sports and business today.