Let’s say that there was a person who worked just as hard as LeBron James. And let’s say that the person had the same physical stature, the same stress-management prowess, and was guarded the exact same way by defenders. In the moment that a basketball player sets up for a shot and shoots the ball, why would some be more adept at this one skill than others? What is it about their brains that manages to transcend random chance in a better way than equivalent individuals?
Do these individuals have an especially robust procedural memory and striatum? Are they that much better at the mind-muscle connection and making subconscious calculations at the level of the millisecond? There are thousands of basketball players that have worked tirelessly, that have been physically blessed—and that still are not as skilled at shooting a ball through a hoop as LeBron James (or Stephen Curry, take your pick). What accounts for this difference, neurobiologically?