That was the night I realized basketball was my passion. But, many season have come and gone and my years of playing draw fewer and fewer. Looking back, I think of all the things I could’ve done differently to just earn a few more years to play. If I just practiced harder that day or played better that tryout or that game. But, I can’t change it no matter how much I wish to.
I cannot recall a day in my life when I have not heard the sound of a bouncing ball; I grew up eating and breathing basketball. My heart fell in love with the winning, the competition, the adrenaline ever since I started rolling my dad’s tube sock and shooting an imaginary shot against the wall. “It was reminiscing when I was a fresh young boy; I was strolling around the Smith Park with a basketball in my hand and wearing a gold/purple Kobe Bryant’s jersey until I espied a compelling teenager playing basketball with tight handles, and great athleticism on the opposite side of the court. Whereupon, I pondered about my future and his inspiration for me that I will be a professional basketball player in the NBA and be like him.
My Story Hearing my future coach blowing his whistle and yelling for us to bring it in for our first varsity practice, I could feel my heart begin to race. Going to a school and joining the varsity team as a freshman with 7 D1 athletes on it and one of the best coaches in the country, one could say I was a tad bit nervous. Looking around in the huddle of teammates and coaches, I knew I had picked the right high school because the group of people surrounding me was going to make me a better basketball player. Having both perspectives of my coach giving me critical feedback of my play and my teammates encouraging me to never give up and keep working hard, I learned that it would be challenging, but if I kept my heart to it, I could reach some
Ever since I was a child I have loved a good challenge; I craved everything from riddles to difficult math problems. Sports, however, were the clear exception. I never could seem to do well. In third grade I had started my basketball career by scoring on my own team's basket, by seventh grade I had progressed to avoiding the ball at all costs. When I got to high school I thought I would finally be done with
My dad had played basketball for his entire young life and his whole high school career. I have heard countless stories of basketball from my dad, stories of triple doubles and overtime wins, and I wanted to have those experiences for myself. I joined my first basketball team at seven years old, and I played in leagues ever since. I played on rec team after rec team, even trying travel one season. I went to camps at various colleges in order to better my craft.
Growing up there wasn’t a really anything to make me feel like me until the first day I picked up a basketball and actually knew what I was doing with it. Basketball has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. I still hear the sound of shoes squeaking and the sound the ball makes going through the hoop after a perfect shot. The love that I have for the game has always been there but that day something changed for the better and I am grateful for that. When I look back and the special moments that have shaped my life this is the first one that always come first especially when I walk in to Apple Valley Middle School gym.
Basketball caught on quick and many people mailed Naismith asking for the rules so they could play it themselves. Naismith achieved his goal of entertaining the young men and created a soon-to-be worldwide sport (Where Basketball was Invented:The History of Basketball). The rules of basketball have changed dramatically, but the first 13 rules are mostly still in place. Rule #1 and 2: The ball may be thrown or batted in any direction with one or both hands.
The dynamics of a game of basketball very well correspond with the adversities I faced, hurdles I overcame and achievements I made in life. On my first experience as a professional player, with the entire stadium packed with players, coaches and basketball lovers I became extremely nervous and missed a couple of shots. The shots I missed cost my team dear and made me so apprehensive that I could not even attempt another basket. However nebulous it might seem but it was this and many such experiences that played a vital role in making me the individual that I am. Playing basketball for more than a decade, I have come to realise that sports offer a great metaphor for life.
The Magic really stopped being contenders once Howard left and they have been searching for a franchise player ever since. “Nikola Vucevic, the man tasked with filling the void left in the middle by Howard, took a step forward in 2012-13. He averaged 14.2 points and 12.9 rebounds per 36 minutes after going for 12.5 and 10.9 with the Sixers during his rookie season.” (Jones). Perhaps the closest thing to Dwight Howard and Shaquille O’neal that the Magic have found in the draft came in 2014 when they drafted Aaron Gordon with the 4th pick.
Brick walls will appear in any point of one’s life to everyone. It might seem hard to open a hole and go through or jump over it, but there is always a way to do it. I’m not one of the good guys at basketball, but my passion for it never stopped me. My parents never supported me on this, but I always played and got into the team. I was in the bench for almost a year, just getting water for the other players.
Perez-Laham was finally recruited by High Point University to play basketball and offered him a scholarship. High Point, N.C., a very different place than Puerto Rico and Miami, but Perez-Laham wanted to fulfill his dream by playing ball and going to college. Perez-Laham’s first year was the hardest because the area was so unusual to him. Freshman year he had to overcome several things that High Point had because it was different. “It was probably tougher for him than it was for all of us as a coaching staff, coming into a strait english culture.”
Bill was cut from his middle school group and did not make it onto the varsity group until his lesser year. The main school that offered him a grant was the University of San Francisco. While going to USF, Bill turned into a greatly improved player by rehearsing without stopping for even a minute. He at last advanced onto the varsity group his sophomore year, and amid his lesser and senior years he helped USF win two NCAA title titles. Amid his time playing university b-ball, Bill truly changed how b-ball was played.
When you were a kid did you ever sit on your rear end and daydreamed about being in the NBA, and earning millions of dollars each year? Well when Derek Fisher was a kid, he too dreamed about being in the NBA, but through hard work and strenuous hours of practise Derek made his dream a reality. Derek was born August 9, 1974, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Derek Fisher 's mother was Annette Fisher, and his father, was John Fisher. Derek has two siblings, one brother Duane Washington, and one sister DeAndra Fisher.
He went to AAU basketball for a while then went on to the NBA. The games were about the same everywhere. He didn’t get passed the ball much but when he did he made something special happen. He made history everywhere during this Civil Rights Movement. Stepping on the court in college and in the pros’ made history.
His 6´9” height had some attention going to it. He tried out for the University San Francisco and earned a scholarship. After he graduated at McClymonds High School he went to college and became an NBA basketball player for the Boston Celtics. He won eleven championships in his thirteen years of playing.