Becoming a Professional Basketball Player As a child, I loved to imitate NBA greats like Julius Erving, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and David Thompson. Growing up in town that was rich with basketball tradition, I knew that I wanted to make it to the NBA and become a star. Not knowing if I had what it takes to make it to that level, I began my quest at an early age. Becoming a professional basketball player is extremely difficult for some, but for others it just seems to fall in their laps (eHow). My first experience playing organized basketball began when I was in the fifth grade on an after school program in the old armory.
Sherman Alexie has brought himself into his writing by including some of his personal experience in this young adult novel. In the novel, a underlining plot in the story is Junior’s run through his freshman basketball season on the Varsity team at Reardan High School. He makes varsity after an intense battle with the teams best player, Roger. Even though he is the best shooter on the team, Junior felt he wouldn’t get a lot of playing time, which at first he doesn’t, but then he becomes the teams spark plug, their 6th man, averaging 12 points off the bench. When came time to play his former school, Wellpinit, he started his first game.
Coach Haskins though didn’t see color when he evaluated the skill of all of his players, and choose who played in the game. With courage and determination, Coach Haskins changed basketball history against all odds, when his underdog team beat the powerhouse Kentucky team with five starting colored players, a first in NCAA Basketball. It was like David vs. Goliath. Through this they were able to make a statement that blacks,
Establishing Credibility: With it being March and all I have found a new respect for the young men and women who play college basketball. General Purpose: To inform Specific Purpose: To inform my audience of some history of the NCAA. Central Idea: There are four main points that will help you understand the game of college basketball (1) how it was invented, (2) some of the great coaches, (3) some of the great players, and (4) the madness that is now March. BODY I. The first interesting point is how it was invented A.
My younger brother Ken (age thirteen) and Taylor, went for the already established games of basketball and dodgeball with a group of kids they made friends with. Matthew making up his own games and Taylor games that require high motor skills are both stage appropriate actions. This brings me to the social/emotional side of things. At one point during the day Taylor was picking on Matthew for being a kiss-up to their parents and Matt responded by kicking, punching, and screaming at him. This was typical of Taylor who's age group sees increased sibling rivalry, but a little premature of Matt who's physical aggression is supposed to be lessening.
Persuasive was used in the middle of the film when the boys were winning. Laissez faire was used in the game basketball games. Autocratic was need and used a lot in the movie Coach Carter. In the Beginning of the film Autocratic was used because it was necessary. Coach Carter gave the boys contracts which they needed to sign if they wanted to play on his team.
The film shows the growing pains of being a teenager in the city of Inglewood and how easily influenced teens can be because of their surroundings dealing with gangs, violence and drugs. But these three particular young men did not let the negative actions that surround them influence themselves. They remained above the influence and focused on school and their normal daily actitivies, the three men eventually grew up to become very successful men. Occasionally the men visit their old neighborhood and talk about the old days and flash backs on their childhood growing up in Inglewood, California. ‘Love & Basketball” is a romantic drama about two young children between the ages eleven – thirteen years old, they meet after moving next door to one another, as kids they have a volatile relationship but become friends later in high schools.
The first main argument provided by Yost is the false promise that comes from idolizing someone like Derrick Rose, especially to those in economically challenged neighborhoods like Englewood, Chicago, where Rose comes from. The statistics alone are staggering, with “all of the kids in America who play high school basketball, about 3 percent end up getting college scholarships. Of that sliver, about 2 percent ever have a meaningful NBA career” (Yost 56). Basketball can be equally fun as both a participant and a spectator, and watching someone like Derrick Rose play at the United Center can be almost life changing. There are few that can argue against the electricity that comes with someone of Rose’s skill level and energy sinking a clutch basket to give the home team a late lead against a rival opponent.
Timo Cruz one of the primary actors in this film has shown himself to be a lost street thug who has no aspirations in life but to play basketball and sell drugs. In the scene where Carter is introducing himself to his new basketball team he approaches the athletes in a very respectful manner which was disrespected and taunted by one of the players Timo. Timo ridicules Carter by saying: “are you some country church nigga….” (Coach Carter). Timo unaware of his disrespect he was kicked out of the gym. This particular scene shows the bias and disrespect that minority society has grown to acquire in their daily lives and racist has been inferential in society: “[M]ore widespread, common, and indeed insidious….” (Omi
Not surprisingly, Bryant was offered scholarships to almost every major college and university in the country. Not only was he a brilliant basketball player, he was also a good student, scoring an above-average 1,100 on his Scholastic Aptitude Test. Bryant and his parents remained coy about his future, however. They realized that they faced a momentous decision: whether to bypass college completely and go straight into the NBA draft. Vanessa met Kobe Bryant in November 1999.