Archive for the ‘Basketball’ Category

“Jay Wright, the coach of college basketball’s defending champion, has an unusual strategy for keeping his players’ attention: He takes away their cell phones the night before games.”

March 16, 2017

https://www.wsj.com/articles/villanova-players-want-back-to-back-titles-they-also-want-their-phones-back-1489608702

Jim Valvano – – Arthur Ashe Courage Award Acceptance Address – – delivered 3 March 1993

March 12, 2017

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/jimvalvanoespyaward.htm

This speech was mentioned in a talk at church today.

I’ve never listened to it, but tonight  I read the transcript.

Excerpt:

To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.

“I’ve been married 25 years…She’s put on seven pounds. I’ve put on basically a Backstreet Boy.” – Alvin Gentry, NBA coach

February 18, 2017

https://www.wsj.com/articles/anthony-davis-the-only-man-in-new-orleans-being-forced-to-eat-1487274842

“Jabari Parker deserves better than another terrible knee injury – – With his latest ACL tear, Parker, on the verge of an All-Star career, has to do the impossible twice”

February 13, 2017

http://www.sbnation.com/2017/2/10/14574036/jabari-parker-injury-knee-milwaukee-bucks-nba

Really sad to see this.

He showed great strength coming back from his earlier injury, and hopefully he’ll be able to persevere again . . .

“[James Harden] is ordinary by many physical metrics. But his deceleration is superhuman—and that explains how he dominates the NBA”

February 11, 2017

https://www.wsj.com/articles/james-hardens-secret-talent-is-slowing-down-1486667420

Harden himself did not know this until he was tested at the Peak Performance Project.

Excerpt:

They were surprised when they saw those numbers. Harden’s “eccentric force”—which sounds like it should be the name of his next Adidas sneaker but is actually the force he generates when he stops his downward momentum—ranked in the 98th percentile. And his “rate of eccentric-force development” was in the 99th percentile.

“I didn’t know before I was tested, but I can feel the difference,” Harden said. “I know what I’m great at and what I’m not great at—and I use it to my advantage.”