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By LARRY VAUGHT
Discipline is something that Doron Lamb had little choice but to accept and embrace during his time at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“At Oak Hill, it is basketball, school work and bed. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nothing else to do there. You donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get distracted. I was there two years, so I am used to discipline,Ã¢â‚¬Â said the Kentucky freshman. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We went on the road a lot, so it was good preparation for college. It made me a better player and better person off the court. Coach (Steven Smith) teaches you a lot of things other than just basketball.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Of course, Lamb already had a taste of discipline because of lessons his father, Calvin Lamb, taught him while he was growing in New York.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am from a basketball family. My dad was a big-time basketball player in New York City. They all played. I just try to live up to his name,Ã¢â‚¬Â Lamb said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I started playing when I was 3 years old when he put a ball in my hands. He was not hard on me, but he made sure that I worked hard.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Every time I wanted to go to the corner store, he had me dribble the ball in my left hand, which was my weak hand. He made me do it every time. Anytime I wanted to go somewhere, I had to dribble with my left hand with my right hand behind my back. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why I can handle with my left hand. ÃƒÅ½ think it gives me an advantage. Everybody thinks if you are right-handed you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t go left, but I can go left. Half the people that guard me donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know that even now.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Calvin Lamb laughs and says his son Ã¢â‚¬Å“didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make that upÃ¢â‚¬Â about him teaching him to use his left hand at an early age.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“He was very young but always wanted to go with me. When I wanted to go with the store, he grabbed his basketball. I challenged him to dribble with his left hand. If the ball touched his right hand, he did not get to come to the store,Ã¢â‚¬Â Calvin Lamb said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But he always liked basketball. He was very good in baseball, too, but basketball became his priority. I was pretty good, but I was hard-headed and made mistakes I tried to make sure he didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make.Ã¢â‚¬Â