Its finally here what I have worked for for the last 5 years of my life is finally here. In a way I can’t believe that I am about to graduate college. Being the first person to graduate in family is a very important thing, for the most part it will make my mother proud and for her I will do anything to make her happy. The choice to stay in school an extra year and not go play over seas was because my mother always stressed education and the importance of it. I may not be the best student or maybe not the smartest but one thing I can say is that I didn’t give up and I am proud of myself for that.
I have always been surrounded by a group of people that love me and care about me and always supported what I have done. These people are important in being successful, but there were also those people who did exactly the opposite. These people are also important too, I have had people tell me that I would never graduate high school let along college but look at me now. I would like to thank those people for their negativity to fuel my fire to prove them wrong. These last 5 years have been a journey and I am glade that its over but really its only just getting started.
Creighton Basketball is having an amazing season, it may be a shock to many but for the people that have been around the program and actually in the program this is not a shock at all. For the past three season Creighton has been always stacked with talented players, that has never been the problem. The problem has been getting these players to mesh together and play as a unit.I was a member of the 2009-2010 team and the 2010-2011 team, and from my personal experience getting along together as a team and actually caring about the people you play with goes a long way on the court.
My first year here at CU I believe we had one of the most talented teams CU has seen in a while. With that being said talent isn’t everything if the players dont gel together and actually like eachother. Even though this team was never the closes team and did not have the best record we showed signs of being a good team. We just wasn’t able to put it all together at the same time. With that being said the next year was a bit of a shock win coach Dana Atlman decided to leave, it shocked everyone. New coach Greg McDermott came in right away and was an instant fit.
The start of the season was up and down our out of conference schedule wasnt the best but it wasnt the worst. This team was extrememly close and I think that may be the reason the team is so successful this year. If you look back at the season last year you can point out several games if we win we could easily be a ranked team or win a conference title. For example, Iowa State many of you remember this game a player makes a half court shot which was clearly after the buzzer goes off, who knows what would of happen if we go into overtime that game. Another game, BYU we held Jimmer Fredette to a season low of 13 points, but another player goes off for 22 points a career high. Another game, Missouri State last shot at the end to beat us along with Wichita State and Indiana State who beat us with shots within the last few seconds of the game. Thats five games right there that show how close we were to being a top 25 team. So were we really as bad as people say we were last year? Or was that just our first year under a new coach and learning his system and how he expected things to be done? I think all the players that were here last year really learned from the previous season and told themselves this wasnt going to happen again to us. The players and coaches included, We had many close games last year and if you have noticed our last three games agains Long Beach State, Evansville, and Indaina State have been really close. I think these guys learned from last year how to close out a game and that is why I think they are being as successful as they are. O yeah and Doug McDermott playing like a man on a mission might have something to do with it too.
The NBA all-star weekend was Friday February 24 through Sunday February 26. This three-day event is in my mind is one of the best events around, these guys showcase their talents to millions of people. This years all-star game was not the best by any means, it had its high points and it defiantly had its low points.
The game itself was not bad at all it had a lot of scoring which is always good and many electrifying dunks that brought the crowd to their feet. The rookie vs. sophomore game was also entertaining, bright young players who will possible be stars in the NBA. The 3 point shooting contest was also a success seeing sharp shooters light it up from deep is always a treat. The atmosphere was amazing just to see all the celebrities and stars all hanging together as one. Another event that I forgot to mention was the celebrity game, in my eyes was one of the best parts of all-star weekend. Watching celebrities play basketball and compete was really a treat and to actually see them get serious about it is fun to watch. Kevin Hart who is a comedian was selected as game MVP not because of his amazing play but because of how he just interacted with everyone and made everyone laugh. His energy won him the honors but there was an all around good effort by all of the celebrities.
The part of the show that I’m mentioning last for a reason is the slam dunk contest. For many years the slam dunk contest is the event that many people look forward to when they come to all-star weekend. This is not the case this year the dunk contest might have been the worst its been in years, the four contestants that participated in this event you had to google their names to find out who they were. I’ve said this before and I will say it again “get rid of the dunk contest”. I say this because no one wants to see no name players in the dunk contest they want to see stars like Lebron James or Dwayne Wade players that we all look up to. Being a basketball player if I see a dunk in the dunk contest that I feel like I can complete it is not a good dunk. I felt like I could do over half of the dunks that were done that night. All the great NBA superstars have participated it the Dunk Contest and won, so for these upcoming stars to not be in it and let it go downhill like this is a shame. People like Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Kobe Bryant, Spud Webb have all been a part of the dunk contest and have won. In my mind in order to be great I think someone like Lebron James should really consider it. He is looked at as being one of the best players to play the game so would that being said follow in the footsteps of the legends.