Facing hardship and struggle can really wear a person down. That’s why co-hosts Dex G and Kurt Lee of D&K in the Lab created a podcast for sports inspiration to share. With so many reasons to listen, the top ones should be listed as motivational, funny, and encouraging. They are relatable to even those that aren’t basketball fans. With so many topics and wisdoms to share, the duo are able to connect with others that don’t even like sports.
“Our podcast is truly for anyone that is facing some odds right now. As people try to achieve their dreams we offer the encouragement that is needed to feel a bit more secure when it comes to whatever they’re facing,” Dex explains. Most of the content does have to do with Dex’s experiences playing highschool and college basketball. The struggle was real and he didn’t have the support that he needed. “We’re just here to talk about what it takes to get your mentality right when it comes to overcoming odds.”
Dex uses his own life as an example for others. “I wasn’t expected to do much with basketball,” he says. “Other people thought I’d never get anywhere with it. I proved them wrong, though, when I started playing at Suffern High School in New York.”
Dex went on to graduate from Marist College and then continued his education at Montclair State. “I joined their basketball club and helped them go undefeated at 7-0 during that first semester,” he remembers. “What made this so awesome was that MSU competed in the NCBBA. This gave me so much confidence that I kept playing even while I was taking classes at different schools to become a medical records professional.”
Dex feels he really reached a higher level when he became a member of the team at SUNY Ulster Community College, a division 2 NJCAA. “I felt proud to be one of the four players who made it to the next level. I actually committed to playing at County College of Morris after Montclair, but after a month and a half on the team, I transferred to SUNY Ulster and walked on the team later on in the season. I also played semi-pro for the East Carolina Cardinals.”
It wasn’t until the pandemic, however, that Dex decided to take his love for basketball in a new direction by starting his podcast with Kurt. “It was actually his idea,” Dex says. “We were like a lot of people: frustrated that we couldn’t play basketball. Kurt suggested that I talk about my life and other players’ to try to inspire the next generation of players and anyone else who faces a tough road to achieving their dreams.” Kurt, while not a player, is an avid watcher of the game and knows the stats of every player, so he was the perfect partner for Dex.
“To understand our podcast, you have to get how difficult it is for high school players to make it onto a Division 1 team in college,” Dex says. “It’s not easy to do. At that level, it’s all about winning – losing isn’t acceptable. Yet, so many high schoolers are aiming for that dream. That’s one reason they’ll like this podcast, as will anyone interested in inspirational stories. I interviewed Division 1 players like Ahmad Clark, who plays for Albany University, and Chris Galbreath, who plays for Sam Houston State. They get real about how hard you must work to make it to that level, how you have to eat, and how brutal the training really is.” That’s one of the messages Dex would like to get across to high school players: the importance of changing their mentalities so that they can play at the Division 1 level.
“We really want to be a kind of change for people. We want to offer humor, good conversation, and present some new ideas to help you find ways to a better mindset or headspace. We are really excited about what we get to do, especially during the pandemic,” Dex says.