Today will be a shortened version of Friday Musings, with some updates on things I have posted this week, as well as my trip to Memphis last Saturday.
I posted five more player profiles this week, they include...
#65, Dwight Howard
#159, Penny Hardaway
#173, Dan Roundfield
#262, Happy Hairston
#288, Arvydas Sabonis
There is a new page under moments as that awesome list continues to roll. I added four more entries this week; Scottie Pippen dunk-murdering Patrick Ewing, Hakeem ruining Robinson's MVP ceremony, LeBron taking the hearts of Chicago in 2015 and The Answer crossing His Airness. We are edging closer and closer to the top 100, and these moments will only get more fun to remember as we continue.
So, I took the varsity team I help coach to Memphis last Saturday for a Grizzlies vs. OKC Thunder game. We just went for the day and drove back that night and while it was a long day, it was totally worth it. We got gas when we first arrived in Memphis and encountered a struggling man who saw our van and approached us for some help. I drove through Taco Bell across the street and we bought him a meal and gave him a couple doughnuts we had leftover from earlier that morning. Little did we know, that we would see the same guy again hours later near Beale Street. We all were in shock so the whole team stopped and we talked to him for about 20 minutes. He turned out to be quite the personality, alternating giving the younger guys crap and trying to dole out life advice.
The game itself was ugly, but close, and Russell Westbrook won it with a pair of free throws late in overtime. All of us got to move down to seats in the lower bowl at some point in the game, which was cool for these guys to see. I haven't even mentioned the fact that we went to Gus's Fried Chicken and the Lorraine Motel. It was a full day and the game was just the excuse to get away somewhere as a team. Trips like this are hopefully what my team remembers about getting to be just that, a part of a team. Having some freedom to explore a new place is something I was incredibly fortunate to get to do when I was in high school, so it is a lot of fun to pass that on to this group. It is easy to say that the Memphis trip was a hit.