The Ultimate Driving Test with the NBA
Those who know me know I take road safety as a serious business. The actions we do every day behind the wheel can affect us and those around us in both a positive and negative way. Driving can also be a very enjoyable activity, but paying attention to what you’re doing and ignoring distractions can sometimes be tough to do for many people, especially if the passengers are constantly talking and trying to throw you off your game. This especially true if your backseat passenger is a team mate and you’re a professional athlete.
I was asked to take a couple of NBA (National Basketball Association) players through their paces on a closed course to test their driving skills and to have a little friendly competition between the two of them. Cory Joseph and Norman Powell play from the NBA’s Toronto Raptors. One thing to note is that they’re both friends with each other on and off the court. It was obvious to see that during the time I spent with them.
If you watch these players during their games, you can see how well they can drive to the basket. Let’s see how well they can drive a vehicle during the Ultimate Driving Test!
It’s obvious they had fun during this Ultimate Driving Test as you watch the video. One thing to note is that during each of the challenges, they each tried to be better than the other person. Better yet, they really tried to be well by themselves. Yes they had bantered back and forth with each other, but they really wanted to do each challenge very well. Sounds like good advice for all drivers. Whatever you do, do it well.
I would never recommend anyone try those tests without a professional beside them, just like Cory and Norman did. It was fun, but if you noticed, once they hit the public streets, they took things a little more seriously. Less joking was being done. That’s the way it should be. To those who have that competitive edge with a friend, take it to a professional area, such as a go cart track or during sports. It’s a safe place to compete with a friend. I have a feeling the competitive edge between Cory and Norman is just heating up.