On a summer day in San Diego, Matisse Thybulle wanted to go surfing, so he dialed his Philadelphia 76ers teammate, Tobias Harris, and asked if they could push back the work out they had scheduled. But this was a business trip. Tobias Harris would not allow for that. There will be no surfing, was the retort. They were in the midst of a basketball-centered rendezvous to Southern California, aimed at accomplishing a few goals.
Sharpening their craft sat squarely atop that list. And for Thybulle specifically, studying how a tenured professional approaches the off-season would help inform and influence his own training habits.