Saturday, January 24, 2009
My Days In The NBA
First, I never played in the NBA, and second the song "Pump Up The Jam" was my favorite preparation tune before playing the big game. And regardless of one's social status or dress......if you grew up in the 90s, you listened to this music, admit it. Regardless, athletics is very important to the WASP culture. Sure, watching football, or playing tennis, golf, and lacrosse is the most WASPy, I guess. However, I was a basketball player, and my talent probably lead me to not attending an Ivy League school. My father attended Hotchkiss, and he actually played basketball at Yale. He was very talented, and at 5'9" he was lightning fast. Fortunately, dad passed on his love of basketball to me, and I started playing at a young age. It became very apparent to him that I was very talented, and he sent me to a 4-A public school powerhouse to bare their colors. Though only 6'0" tall, I was extremely fast and I had a 37" vertical leap (I could dunk the crap out of a ball). In four years of high school, our team won 2 state championships, lost in the finals, and made it to the final four in the state competition. The following is a short synopsis:
Freshman Year - Started Varsity - Avg. 13.5 pts, (Won State Championship) - Overall Record 30-0
Sophomore Year - Second Year Starter - Avg. 20.1 pts, (Lost In Final Game) - Overall Record 29-1
Junior Year - Third Year Starter - Avg. 23.5 pts, (Lost in Final Four Game) Overall Record 30 -3
Senior Year - Fourth Year Starter - 34.3 pts, (Won State Championship) - Overall Record 20-10 (yes, we lost our first 10 games....but we finally pulled together and won 20 games in a row along with the state championship. Despite our record, this was by far the best team in the four years I played).
After high school, I went on to play for a strong nationally known basketball team and I was a starter. Unfortunately, I grew very ill after my first season, and I lost around 35 lbs. It took me a full year to recover, but I was not in shape to play basketball for nearly two years. Unfortunately, I lost my scholarship and never played organized basketball again. Regardless of my sad ending, I recommend all WASP wannabes take up a sport. So, have a great weekend and get out there and play.