For those who may not know him, Kyrie Irving plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA. He is one of the top players in the league, was the MVP (Most Valuable Player) in the 2014 All Star Game and won gold for Team USA at the most recent World Championships.

The NBA Finals begin on June 4th and the Cavs have made it to the Finals where they will face the Golden State Warriors. It promises to be a fascinating match-up with some of the best players in the world up against each other.

Irving will be a pivotal player in the series. In the video below, he talks about how important mental preparation is and what he does. Judging by what he says in the video, he will be ready for the Finals! We wait and see how it will all turn out but I’m ready for a few sleepless nights watching from this side of the pond!

One particular part of the video I like is around the 1.45 mark where he makes the point that he is thinking 5-6 moves ahead of his opponent and that way, they haven’t been there before but he has, mentally….
The power of visualisation and mental rehearsal can not be under-estimated, and if it helps one of the best basketball players in the world, then it will help you in your sport!

And if you want to have a look at some of the skills that Kyrie Irving has, here are his Top 10 Plays of his career…