Living in Toronto, I do not think there is a better time to be here than now. Witnessing history in the making is quite amazing. For the first time in the 24 years, the Toronto Raptors have been in the NBA. They have made it to the Finals.
The 5U Girls TCBL Championship game at 7 Bridges School on Sunday didn’t look like it would amount to much excitement at the outset. Ardsley’s deft little point guard put the ball on the floor, and set her sights for the rim en route to eight first quarter points. The long two her oversized shooting guard drained from the corner didn’t say much for a compelling game either. So, facing a 10-4 deficit after one, Somers looked as the tandem was going to run them out of the gym. But the closure that coach Rob Hawkins got his girls to employ said nothing about giving up, and ultimately had the Tuskers and Lindsay Ulaj sounding their trumpets in a 24-22 buzzer beater.
As a fan and a student of the game of basketball, I wish I could be impressed that the Warriors are on their way back to the NBA Finals for the fifth *CONSECUTIVE* time.
When it’s all said and done, where will we rank Stephen Curry on the all-time list? For now, let’s shift our focus to the present. Although, I will not mind speculating that he may be the greatest basketball player to ever step on the court. Okay, okay, back to business. His presence on the court yells for attention. The ability to continuously get open creates a team dynamic, which in a sense brings an unselfish style of play. With the ball, without the ball, Stephen Curry's style of play is compared to none before him. The poise to deliver over and over again allows for Head Coach Steve Kerr and Ownership to sit back and enjoy their Piña Coladas.
Actually, many coaches spend a lot of energy on improving the dribbling skills of the players. It winds up crucial for players to practice their basketball dribbling drills every now and again, and improve their fundamentals.
Playing full court basketball is exhausting. Even if game strategy slows the transition pace of the game, you still have to shift your body, move quickly and jump frequently. The defensive end of the basketball court wears down players even more.