Two-time NBA Champion Norris Cole in Manila, weighs in on balancing academics and athletic career.

Norris Cole is not only a two-time NBA Champion. He is a salutatorian of his high school, and earned a BA in health sciences.

Manila, Philippines, April 19, 2016 — Norris Cole of the New Orleans Pelicans and WNBA Champion Taj McWilliam-Franklin arrived in Manila Wednesday morning for Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2016 National Training Camp. Cole and McWilliams-Franklin visited NBA Cafe Wednesday morning and Powcast had the pleasure of asking Cole and McWilliams-Franklin some questions and you will be inspired with some of their answers. Read on below.  

I think being sharp mentally and being educated helps in basketball but also helps in life and that’s what it is all about. Norris Cole

 

Powcast: Who are your inspirations growing up?

Norris Cole: My father. Michael Jordan as far as basketball is concerned. I’m a family guy. My uncles, aunties, my cousins and I spent a lot of time with them. So my family is my inspiration.  

Powcast: What are your advice for the young athletes here in the Philippines? 

Norris Cole: My advice would be to work hard. Put your time in and don’t cheat the game. That is the only way to be good at something. In Jr. NBA that’s what we teach, we teach sportsmanship, teamwork, attitude and respect for the game and if you keep that in mind, you can be successful in this game.

“I think being sharp mentally and being educated helps in basketball but also helps in life..” – Norris Cole, New Orleans Pelicans.

Powcast: Do you think a lot of student athletes could actually achieve the same thing as far as graduating with honors and balancing their athletic career? 

Norris Cole: Yes, it is very possible. It makes you a well-rounded individual and that’s what I wanted to be. I didn’t want to be stuck in one category. I wanted to be able to be multidimensional and be good in multiple things. I think being sharp mentally and being educated helps in basketball but also helps in life and that’s what it is all about. Achieving high in life and not just in the game of basketball. 

Always be passionate about what you are doing. Whether it is basketball or something else, if it is something you enjoy, you enjoy it with all your heart. – Taj McWilliams-Franklin

“If it is something you enjoy, you enjoy it with all your heart.” -Taj McWilliams-Franklin

Powcast: With all your achievements and accomplices what would you impart to the campers of the Jr. WNBA?

Taj McWilliams-Franklin: I think the main thing is passion. Always be passionate about what you are doing. Whether it is basketball or something else, if it is something you enjoy, you enjoy it with all your heart. I love to exercise but I’m also very energetic and passionate about basketball and so for me they go to hand in hand, it thought me life lessons life like teamwork, sportsmanship, respect, attitude that I carry with. I take this life lessons wherever I go.

Norris Cole will have an appearance tomorrow Thursday at 2:30 pm NBA Store TriNoma. The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2016 National Training Camp will be held at the Don Bosco Technical institute April 22-23 and at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on April 24

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