Every basketball player has their Holy Grail game they want to attend some day. For some people it’s to watch the purple and gold Lakers play in the Staples center. For some, it’s to watch Duke vs. UNC at the Dean Dome or Cameron Indoor stadium for the most heated rivalry in America. For some, it’s to watch the Knicks play in the world’s most famous “Madison Square Garden” arena (I’m kidding, no one wants to watch the Knicks. They suck.)
For me, since I started following college basketball, I’ve always wanted to go Phog Allen Fieldhouse at Lawrence, Kansas and watch a Jayhawks game in person. That “Rock Chalk” chant is just mesmerizing.
Of course, Lawrence is also where Dr. Naismith started this whole “basketball” thing, so the Phog is certainly a must for me.
That was maybe until I recently moved to the Manilla, however. Before I got a taste of the Philippines Basketball Association.
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“Killer instinct” is a rare quality in the beautiful game of basketball. That is why it is always blurted out by commentators about certain players. The thing about “Killer Instinct” that makes it so intriguing, other than the highlights that it creates, is that there seems to be a belief that either you are born with it or you don’t have it at all. Maybe that’s because players that are accepted to possess this legendary quantity are so uncommon.
If you get to watch a person with “Killer Instinct”, you’ll know it.
Continue reading ABL Recap: Cool as Ice
กว่าที่ blog post อันนี้จะออกสู่สาธารณชน เราก็คงจะรู้แล้วว่าใครจะเป็นแชมป์ของไทยแลนด์บาสเก็ตบอลลีก 2014 นี้กันแล้ว ไม่ว่าจะเป็นนครปฐมแม๊ดโกตส์ หรือ ชลบุรีไฮเทค หากการแข่งขันในเกมแรกนี้สามารถใช้ทำนายอนาคตได้ เราก็มั่นใจกันได้ว่าจะเป็นการฟาดฟันที่ดุดันเลือดกระเด็นอย่างแน่นอน
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By the time that this blog post goes public, we will have known who the champs of the Thailand Basketball League are. Whether it will be the Nakhon Pathom Mad Goats of Chonburi Hi-Tech, we can be sure that it will be one hell of a fight to the end if the first game was any indicator of the future. The stage has been set, the cameras are rolling, and now the stars of the show will take the stage.
Continue reading TBL Recap Finals Game 1: Finish What You Start
การที่เราได้ดูบาสได้ติดตามบาสอย่างมุ่งมั่นตั้งใจ มันก็ทำให้เราได้เรียนรู้อะไรหลายๆ อย่าง บางอย่างอาจจะเป็นเรื่องเล็กๆ อย่างเช่นว่า ผู้เล่นคนนี้ ใส่เสื้อเบอร์นี้ เพราะอะไร บางทีอาจจะเป็นรายละเอียดที่ทำให้เราเล่นบาสดีขั้น เช่น การป้องกันลูก Pick and Roll ที่ถูกต้อง
บางครั้ง หากเราจดจ่ออยู่กับบาสจริงๆ หากเราเพ่งเล็งลงไปถึงแก่นสารของมัน เราอาจจะได้บทเรียนอะไรมาปรับปรุงชีวิตเลยทีเดียว
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If there’s something basketball has taught me, it’s that if you pay attention enough, if you care about all the little details enough, eventually you will get a learn something out of it. Maybe it will be something of little significance, like learning about why Gilbert Arenas picked the number 0 as his jersey number. Sometimes you learn things that will make you better as a basketball player, like how to run a pick and roll properly, or how to defend a pick and roll properly against a certain opponent.
But sometimes, if you pay enough attention to the details, you get a whole life lesson like the benefits of pushing your own limits to exceed expectations.
Continue reading ABL Recap: Exceeding Expectations
The game between Saigon Heat and Hi-Tech Bangkok City had been widely anticipated among local fans and ABL fans. Even after the Heat’s close loss to the Singapore Slingers that ended the prospect of a battle to decide the remaining undefeated team, the Heat were on an offensive rampage and Hi-Tech Bangkok City were beating other teams in every way possible. This was going to be a clash of titans.
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Imagine a 100-meter dash between Usian Bolt and JR Smith. Sure, Bolt is the fastest human being dead or alive (because Zombies can’t run that fast) but every time he’d gain some steam, Smith would just untie his shoelaces and Bolt would have to stop and tie them up. Smith would take the lead for a while, until Bolt would eventually catch up with him. Smith would untie his shoelaces again and take the lead again. And so on. That would one hell of an ugly footrace.
It would be a footrace I’d pay to see, but one hell of an ugly footrace nonetheless.
And it’s pretty much the way the game between Hi-Tech Bangkok City and the Singapore Slingers went the whole night.
Continue reading ABL Recap: Grit And Grind
In a perfect universe, Leonidez Avenido is a follower of this blog page. He will have noticed from the last blog post that he was mentioned only once merely as “The Other Star”. He would have felt offended and fired up that this blogger should know more about him, more than worthy of just one single forgettable mention. In a perfect universe, that would be the explanation why Leo Avenido exploded for 24 points, including 6 three-point shots, against the Laskar Dreya South Sumatra team.
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As mentioned quite repeatedly in my previous entries, I have been working based in Vietnam for the past year and change. In this recap, I shall be mainly mentioning the Vietnamese Squad because I am only a bit more familiar with them than the Indonesian Warriors. Throughout the season, I will get to know the Warriors better and I will work from that, but for now, I will work with what I know.
Continue reading ABL Recap: Bring the Heat