Changes whether big or small, everyone goes through them at one point. Others however, go through such massive changes their whole attitude, and sometimes perspective on life alters. With struggling grades, Greg, A.K.A Slam, the egotistical Junior struggles to stay on the basketball team, while confronting personal issues. In Walter Dean Myers Slam! Greg (Slam) grows more mature by becoming a team player with the help from Mr. Goldstein, takes school seriously with help from Mtisha, and realizes everything in life isn’t perfect.
To become a professional; to become the next Shaq, Kobe, or Curry; these are dreams set by every player when they start a sport, and only a few ever make it. As Ashley Graham once said, “College basketball was one of the hardest, most rewarding experiences of my life. Every single day on the court was a mental and physical challenge.” College Basketball has the better games because it is the player’s only chance of going all the way to the NBA or WNBA, and due to the slim chances of making a starting lineup in the pros, players give everything they’ve got into the sport. The determination of the players and their will to play is what truly makes a sport exciting, and with the chance for each player’s career to end at college, they play with everything they’ve got. For example, John Wooden, a basketball player that went to the University of California once said, "It 's not how big you are, it 's how big you play."
Michael wasn’t a born ready basketball player that everyone thought he was because of his success in the NBA. One of Michael’s coaches once said, “Jordan, interestingly, was not a “Natural” basketball player” (Johnson). The natural born talent Jordan had was playing baseball, so in order to become successful, he had to practice and work harder than others. One journalist stated,” Jordan’s high school basketball coach, Clifton Herring, picked up the young athlete each morning at 6:00 to practice the game before school” (Johnson). In contrast to not making the basketball team for his high school, Jordan worked hard everyday to get better and use the athleticism god had given him.
The explored the world of bankruptcy back then but there is a new kind of ABA now. This new ABA isn 't as extreme as the ABA in the old days but its just as spectacular. People from cities around the United States with a dream to play basketball now have there chance to play the game of basketball at a competitive level. The new kind of ABA consists of teams with players who don’t get payed for playing the game, they simply just play because they love the game almost like the older league but without pay. Teams like the Lions out of Memphis are joining in and picking up players who simply play and love the game of basketball.
“It is only a game” is a common saying I have heard several times in my life. However, it does not explain the crazy actions and immense passion I experience on the PIT floor for basketball games. These feelings reached a pinnacle point during my freshman year basketball game against our arch-rivals, the Bettendorf Bulldogs. “If we can keep Bear from posting up and scoring, we should be win the game,” my friend Bryce analyzed. I responded, “We will need to shoot the three ball to have a chance, Bettendorf is a really good team”.
Being able to succeed in the NBA without going to college is a big topic of controversy in the sports industry. For gifted basketball players, there are some benefits and drawbacks of skipping college. Examples of Players who Skipped College The first player to skip college and go straight into pro basketball (in this case the ABA) was Reggie Harding (Faye). Harding was drafted in the fourth round of the 1961 draft, unfortunately Harding didn’t touch the court his first year in the league, which lead him to re-enter the draft the very next year. When people argue that players should have to go to college before pro, they bring up the name Reggie Harding because he wasn’t ready for all the hype leading up to the draft and his body wasn’t developed enough for the ABA.
In the documentary during the Championship, Akron Shooting Stars vs. the California All Stars in eighth grade Little Dru was about 4’6 and short. People would pick on him because he was shorter than others. However, he learned that you don 't have to be the same as other people do the same as them. When people would pick on him and call him names, it wouldn’t bother him because he knew that they were just trying to make him feel bad and then it would make him depressed or upset at the game, yet Little Dru did not let it bother him. LeBron James and the players learned a lot of lessons during their basketball career.
When Junior joins the all white school, it helps teach the students to let go of some of the stereotypes they had been brought up with. They all stayed away from the “creepy, violent, Indian kid” at first. Until a few took the time to get to know him and became friends. Near the end of the book, the students at Reardan have learned a great deal from Junior. He earns the respect, most easily shown through the basketball team, of most students.
We will talk about that another time. This is about a player who loved the game so much, and he wouldn’t let anyone get in his way, no matter how many times he would get turned down by someone, he would always get back up on his feet. Born and raised in Oakland, Don Barksdale attended Berkeley High. The basketball coach cut him from the team for three straight years because he only wanted one black player on his team. You are probably wondering how he got a scholarship in basketball.
As Robert Frost once said, “Two Roads Diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. Similar to Frost, the men’s basketball coach at St. Anthony’s High School, Robert Hurley, has taken the road less traveled by declining many professional coaching opportunities in order to remain a leader in his Jersey City Community. Hurley’s love for basketball and coaching began at the age thirteen years old when he was recruited to join a youth basketball league in his hometown, Jersey City. Despite his young age, Hurley learned how to lead by the example of this youth coach, Charlie Shaughnessy, who taught Hurley how to care for his protégés. Although Hurley’s basketball career did progress to St. Peter’s
He changed me from being a lazy kid to a kid who has a motivation. After that I started to realize that he wasn’t any ordinary teacher but, he was more like a second father figure in my life. He told me about his own experience growing up in the Bronx and overcoming adversity in order to play college basketball at Dartmouth college and maintain substantial grades. This motivated me because it show me that “impossible is nothing”. Mr.Jones is my motivation to succeed in
If you cannot handle a loss it is difficult to be successful. This became evident my junior year of high school as my team prepared to play for the state championship. We had a winning mindset, as any great team would going into that game. However, when the final buzzer rang and we did not come out on top, I was struck with emotion, yet I knew I needed to glorify God and represent my school instead of letting my frustration overcome me. Basketball taught me to keep going and never allow the tough moments to define me.