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Swen Nater

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Swen Nater

The Mental Game with Sam Brief

Episode 17 of The Mental Game Podcast features former NBA and ABA star Swen Nater.  Nater won two championships playing for the great John Wooden at UCLA. Now an author and motivational speaker, the Dutchman heeded Wooden’s famous philosophy while serving as a practice player behind Bill Walton.  Nater was born in the Netherlands and immigrated to the U.S. as a nine-year-old. Before stepping on American soil, he had never seen a basketball. Nater didn’t play in high school after being cut his junior season but subsequently catapulted to All-American heights at Cypress College in California. After Nater’s dominant season at Cypress, Wooden recruited the big man to UCLA, telling Nater he wouldn’t play but that he’d learn, practice and make it to the pros.  Nater then became the only player to never start a college game but wind up as a first-round NBA Draft selection. He played 12 professional seasons.  On the podcast, Nater reflects on the myriad teachings of John Wooden, including the Hall-of-Famer’s legendary attention to detail and high-octane practices. Also a former sports psychology professor, Nater delves into how each of us can apply Wooden’s philosophy to our own lives. The Mental Game podcast is produced by Sam Brief and music is courtesy of David Brief and Channel J. You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and Stitcher.


19 Jan 2021