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It's a long season for sure, and I would much rather be playing our best ball at the end of the season.
Great article Jamie , inspirational at its best.
The trick with soccer is for it to be the sport you do from the time you are a toddler. It's very similar to basketball in that regard. To be a great basketball player, you essentially have to live and breathe the sport from the time you're a child. You have to be dribbling, getting shots up, etc. whenever you get the chance.
The same goes for soccer. Countries that are better at it than we are have it as part of their culture. These guys were so good because they came from cultures where they probably were kicking and dribbling all day from the time they were 3 or 4 years old.
Baseball is similar in the need to essentially play it all the time to get really good at it, with the difference being that you have to have somebody to play with for baseball. You can't hit or throw on your own. You can go out and practice soccer or basketball skills on your own. They're also both sports that require you to only have a ball to practice, no other equipment, which is why they both do well in poorer areas. If you don't practice constantly though, or if you only pick up the sport late, you'll struggle to catch up to those that started at an early age, regardless of your athleticism.
Football, on the other hand, is purely an athletic ability sport (outside of the QB position). If you have the size, speed, and strength, you can learn to be good at football with a year or two of work on your techniques. That's why you see college basketball players make careers in the NFL after having never played the sport. You never see the reverse though. NFL players can't walk onto an NBA court or a soccer pitch and compete at an elite level within a short period of time.
The point when this sport catches on in urban areas the way baseball/stickball once did and basketball continues to, is the point that the affluent/suburban dominance ends. Well done Knights!
I'm not sure I agree that this team HAS to have more scoring to keep up with the fast-paced NBA offenses.
As you mentioned, the injuries played a really big role in this series. Golden State needed 6 games to win it.
Coming into this series, they were 1-10 against the Grizzlies in the last 11 games where both Allen and Conley played fully healthy. Admittedly, they were a better team this year, but the only two games where Tony and Mike both looked like themselves were the games the Grizzlies won.
In Game 4, Golden State made an adjustment, but Tony only played about 15 minutes because of his hamstring, and Mike visibly started to wear down due to not being in game shape. Tony didn't play in Game 5, and when he tried to go in Game 6, his athleticism wasn't that much better than mine due to the injury.
Not saying we would've won that series with a healthy Mike and Tony, but that series goes at least 7, and the Grizzlies stand a really good chance to win it if Mike and Tony can both play full games at 100%.
Granted, we did catch some breaks with the Spurs going down and OKC missing the playoffs due to injuries, but this team could've won it this year if healthy...under this current construction.
Gary Parrish had it right the other day. He said that this current construction is going to get you 50 wins pretty much every year and give you a shot in the playoffs every year. It's never going to be the favorite to win it all, but it's a team that could win it all if things worked out for them.
Personally, I'll take that chance. You keep this core together. You work to continue to find more shooting where you can (draft, free agency). You see if you can make it work as constructed, because I firmly believe it can be done with this group if they're healthy and executing.
By the way, Golden State is the beneficiary of good fortune this year. They're a great team, but without a little help with injuries for Memphis, Houston, and Cleveland, I don't think they win the title.
Golden Wildcat till the day I die. Class of Melrose 1972 the last graduating class from the Dallas campus. Mike O.
No matter where you are in the world; if you attended Melrose High you are a Golden Wildcat!!
I love Melrose and the Orange Mound community. There's no place like it.
MELLLLLL-ROOOOSE!.We can't be beat!!
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I really enjoyed this piece. What an interesting way to present an article. We forget what a complicated and emotional process college recruiting is when we are watching these babies play.
Ray Rice is a disgrace.
Yes, domestic violence starts super early.
Cool article....love it Juan mamba
Beautiful article on friendship and sports....this story was incredible and I pray that Richmond is drafted into the NFL and all his hopes and promises are met.
Long road traveled for Richmond as well as his family and friends. Hope he sees it through to what promises to be a storybook ending. Great story!
Richmond you make this city proud. The only thing that could have been better is if you would have decided to attend the University of Memphis.
Wow, very heartwarming. What a great story, I hope to see Drew drafted to the NFL in a few years.
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