I was so happy about that, and I said thanks to my father. All my favorite players were playing and the game was unbelievable. I knew from that night, that I wanted to be a basketball player when I grew up. Unfortunately, we don't always get what we want and the"crying trick" couldn't help me when it happened. I had to choose between basketball and my future.
But what he couldn’t understand was that I wanted it to happen that year. I wanted to make the basketball team that year. “Yeah, hopefully.”, I said, in a low spirited voice. “Don’t worry Austin you did the best you could, and that’s all that matters.”, said my best friend, Dominick,
More importantly, participating in basketball helped me develop better friendships with people that I already knew. The first day of practice I knew almost everyone on my team from school and have talked to them, but never really got to know them. Playing with them helped me find the true personalities of these kids. The most important way that participating in basketball helped socially, was the fact that I met an abundance of new people. Every time that I started a new recreational basketball season there were always some new kids that I had never met.
My future would be very different if my dad never bought me my first basketball when I was very young. I wouldn’t have been able to start most of my friendships and I wouldn’t be going to Walnut Hills. I still have my first basketball but it has had a great deal of damage done to it now. Everytime I see a basketball I reminisce of the memories of my friends, my dad, my school, and most of all my childhood. Basketball taught me a life lesson and that lesson is the best friends you can have are the ones you share interests with.
It’s natural for people to tend to want to fit in among their peers. I remember I was frustrated about not being able to do things that my friends did when I was in middle school. I was just too naive to understand then. One event that happened every often was when all my friends went to the movies; I had to stay home to practice. I still can recall very clearly that I’ve dreamt about playing in the varsity girls’ basketball team back in middle school.
My efforts to be the best were recognized and I was rewarded with the MVP award and allowed to move up in the little league division. I was later placed in basketball camp and things began to get tough. Basketball was no longer just a "toy", but was real. The coaches along with practice demanded a lot more time leaving me tired and out of energy by the end of the day. However, none of this mattered because I knew that basketball was something that I would want to pursue in years to come.
Coach Carter ended his speech with this quote, “I came here to coach basketball players, and you became students. I came here to coach boys and you became men.” This movie had a great purpose that should be implemented into more athletes’ lives to help them in life. I rate this movie as a 5 because it was very inspirational to me. Being a former athlete, I think I would have learned some valuable life lessons from a coach like Coach Carter.
So Drake it was. 358 miles, a couple of states away, and five hours from home, was where Rice was heading. The former Drake basketball manager, Trygve Jensen, was excited to see what Rice could bring to Drake. “I’d seen Tre (that was the name he went by) play in high school and he was a very strong guy,” Jensen said. “He could body up and get himself places, he also wasn’t afraid to chuck up a shot.” But initially, something did not seem right about Rice and Drake.
Always growing up, I always watched Basketball. I always dreamed of becoming an NBA all star (still to this day). This one time in 4nd grade was when I realized I wanted to start playing basketball competitively. I said to myself, “I want to be the next LeBron James.” A lot of my peers and even my parents had the seriously feeling and were doubting me. So I tried out for the vigorous, competitive Jericho travel basketball team.
Ever since I was young my parents said “Drew you should try new things, even if it means you fail at something.” I never really listen to them until one time in the study grade when I decided that it was ok to fail. I asked my parents “ Can we look for a club basketball team that I could try out for?” Thrilled in hearing that I wanted to try something new, they found I tryout for a team called the Cincinnati Royals. A couple of other friends agreed to try out with me, but I was still very nervous because it was my first tryout. All three of us made it through the first round of cuts and were called back for another tryout. I remember being more nervous for the second tryout than I was for the first.