"You gotta love this sh*t": Raptors' Thad Young gave his campers an epic speech about the NBA grind (VIDEO)
Toronto Raptors forward Thad Young knows a thing or two about how to have a lengthy NBA career.
The 34-year-old has played 15 seasons for seven teams in the league, ever since being taken in the first round by the 76ers back in 2007. Young recently re-upped his contract with the Raptors this offseason, signing him to a reported two-year deal this summer, his fifth deal in the NBA.
And speaking to campers at a clinic of his this past weekend, Young revealed his secret to staying in the NBA so long: never slacking during his offseason workouts.
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“You gotta love this shit. You gonna put your body through torture? And when I say torture, I mean torture, coming in this motherfucker doing two, three, four workouts a day… I’ve been doing this same shit since forever,” Young said. “When I got my first contract? The work just started. When I got to [the NBA]? The work had just started. I got my second contract? The work is still going! Third one? Still going. Fourth one? Still going!”
Though he’s never been an All-Star, Young has averaged 12.8 points and 5.8 rebounds in 1,085 regular-season games — and has been a consistent presence in the league when many players struggle to land a roster spot once they hit the other side of 30.
“You ain’t gotta be a 20-point per game scorer in order to have a 16-year career, let alone a five- or a six- or seven-year career,” Young added.
It might just be one video, but one thing is pretty clear: the Raptors have quite the motivational speaker in their dressing room right now.