In Charlotte Tennessee, November 24, 1938, Bailey (father) and Mazell (mother) Robertson were about to become new parents, to a boy, named Oscar. For “The Big O”, all he knew when it came to basketball is utter domination. He had started playing when he was six, dominated then, played in middle school, dominated then. Then everything changed when he got to high school and moved. Oscar had moved to Indianapolis his freshman year of high school.
Since I was a little kid all I’ve done is play basketball. Every season for the past 10 years I’ve always been ready to play. When I was little I started out playing in rec leagues. I played in those all the way up to the 7th grade. When started middle school I wanted to try out for the team. Usually in rec you just signed up and paid and you got to play, but now I actually had to be good enough to try out and make the team. I tried out and did my best. I got cut. I was super upset I didn’t make the team. I played rec again that year and kept practicing until next year's tryouts. Then when 8th grade year started I tried out again. I got cut. Again. So again I played rec basketball.
The movie Hoop Dreams traced a poor young talented African American, named Arthur Agee from grade eight to college. Arthur hoped to play professional basketball in the future to help his family to escape poverty. Despite the fact that his family is poor, and the neighborhood he lived in, were disadvantaged to him to pursue his goal in many ways. Firstly, Arthur showed great determination to play professional basketball, and he would like to lead his family out of poverty. Secondly, his ability to adapt to difficult circumstances, played a significant role toward his success in basketball.
“The battle you are going through is not fueled by the words or actions of others; it is fueled by the mind that gives it importance” – Shannon L. Alder. The novel, Hoops by Walter Dean Myers, chronicles the life of Lonnie Jackson– a high school student from Harlem with an impressive talent for playing basketball. Lonnie’s goal in life is more than just to become one of the best players to ever hit the court. Lonnie wishes to create a new life for himself– one that is free from the struggles of Harlem streets.
One summer, there was a kid named Dean Gullberry and Dean liked to play the game of basketball. Dean would always go out to the river court and do what he does best. Dean had three best friends that he had always spent time with 24/7 playing basketball and just hanging out. His friends Ben Dover who lived across the street from Dean, Dixie Normous who Dean met at the river court but didn’t go to his school, and Jack Koffing who Dean met playing travel ball back at Compton. Dean Gullberry had always wanted to play in his city’s basketball league but people kept on saying that he wasn’t good enough, strong enough or big enough to be in the league.
In many of our lives we face adversity and crucial scenarios that seem to be impossible to overcome, but the one thing that allows us to persevere is ambition. In the novel Summer Ball by Mike Lupica he demonstrates the key aspects of how to overcome adversity through the life of Danny Walker a eighth grade boy who plays the sport basketball. Danny and his closest friends are from New York and are heading to a summer camp for basketball in Maine, but this is not just any camp it is a camp for the top players in the country. The mood and characterization demonstrated in Summer Ball illustrates the ambitious attitudes that reflect the focus and importance of success to overcome many obstacles.
With the support of their families, William’s and Arthur’s motivation to accomplish this goal led them to fantastic high school basketball careers. From viewing the film, I found that I share William’s and Arthur’s determination. William, for his entire high school career, braved a 180 minute round trip commute to school and back. He spent three whole hours almost every day in transit to attend one
“Are you really serious about basketball?” said my Dad “Yes Dad, I’m sure” I said “Then let’s call the coach” said Dad Then we called the coach and started going to practice. I made some friends and I had people on my team that I 've played against so it was kind of awkward at first but then we all became friends and a great team. The team consisted of me, Ali, Cole, Javion, Marquise,
Being a former product of the AAU basketball world and an organization identical to Hoop Masters, John Fischer personally brought me back to the glory through his speech on Thursday. Proposing a team based scapegoat for whatever may be going on your life, John Fischer and the Hoop Masters organization creates the opportunity to make a name for yourself and to get out of the Los Angeles Metropolitan area through persistence, fairness, work ethic, respect and discipline. Offering anything from skills development clinics and a travel team to one on one personal training sessions, Hoop Masters has trained and shaped local heroes like Trevor Ariza and Derek Glasser into NBA stars and record holders at major Division 1 universities. Acknowledgement
This poem is very meaningful to me, which is why I recited it, and therefore wanted to create a poetic response to it. I was inspired to write this poem not only by Kobe Bryant though, but also incorporated some of Muhammad Ali’s ideas into it too, as I am intrigued by some of his ideas. More specifically, I wanted to include a paraphrased version of his quote: “I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion’ ”. Literally, my poem describes my basketball career, with the main focus on varsity basketball and my experience at the Big 8 tournament, and how it relates to the common exercise motto: “No pain, no gain”.
Throughout my years of participating in high school basketball, I have overcome many challenges. My freshmen year, basketball started in a way I never expected. Continuing on, I understood the real meaning of hard work, and what it takes. Lessons I learned in basketball will carry on throughout my life, helping me to become a successful adult.
As I said, I was never great at basketball, but my team was. I played for the Greenbelt Rec team where everyone was pretty good, but I wasn’t. My coach, Andy, was great and very encouraging and he made me feel like I was the best, even if I did horribly. I felt like a star, until I turned ten and my coach was Damon. Damon made everyone feel bad about themselves, especially those not in his starting five.
One second remained and Greg took the last shot from a little past half court, a final basket for his high school career. Possibly the last basket in his school career Greg thought, adding to his own thinking. But what hit him the most about that thought, was the fact that it didn’t hit him. At least not as hard as he thought it
Air ball— again. My form was lost, coordination gone, and so was my patience. I’ve stopped playing basketball for 3 months mainly because of school work and things going on in my life. I was determined to get my skills back no matter how long it’ll take. I started a game of basketball with other people inside the gyms court. As soon as I got the ball, I started to race down the court pounding the ball as I was dribbling. I squared up facing the hoop getting ready to take my shot. I raised my arm up, releasing the ball with my fingertip with poor form and arc. The ball went flying towards the hoop very fast. The sound of the net went swoosh but, sadly it was an air ball. Unfortunately, I lost the basketball game for us; the people on the