Word of God Academy (Raleigh, N.C.) point guard Josh Newkirk and Pittsburgh Panthers commit revealed a curious habit to USA Today.
“Before every game I have to watch (Phoenix Suns guard) Sebastian Telfair’s documentary “Through the Fire.”’ Newkirk said. “I just sit back and watch the whole thing and watch what he went through and think about what I need to do.”
Here is the imdb summary of the movie: “During his senior year in high school, basketball star Sebastian Telfair wrestles with the idea of taking his Coney Island team to the championship, decide whether to attend college or go pro, secure an endorsement deal, and get his family out of the projects.”
I have not seen the movie, but will definitely check it out some time in the future. Always love being informed of basketball documentaries that I haven’t seen.
Newkirk is a four star prospect and a remarkable athlete. For a point guard a remarkable number of his highlights are dunks. Because of this ability to finish at the rim, he can then use his amazing court vision to set up his teammates.
When asked why he watches that particular movie, Newkirk says it is about motivation.
“It just gets me fired up. He was such a beast in high school and it gets me ready to go out there and do what I have to do. It just does something to me mentally. I’m ready to go when I watch that.”
Whatever Newkirk has been doing so far is working, so he should just keep on watching Telfair and it may just take him to the top.