Basketball is a unique game. Every sport has its features that make it a beautiful entity and source of fun, but there is nothing like basketball. First, all 5 starters on the floor for each respective team play offense and defense at the same time. There is no “Offensive unit,” or “Defensive Side of the ball” such as in football. Additionally, there the game moves at break neck pace most of the time, as opposed to a sport such as golf.

Basketball has provided me with many moments of intensity- both playing and also watching the sport. In 1994, during the NBA Finals, the Houston Rockets were playing the NY Knicks in Game 7 of the series. I particularly remember this game (Aside from the obvious win or go home nature of the game) for the fact that my neighbor Kim Kun Yang came over to watch the game with me. He specialized in the business of carpet cleaning and tree care, and had come over straight from work. He also brought a bottle of Sake. For those who live under a rock, sake is a rice based wine that one generally sips on while ingesting sushi or some other Japanese dish.

This particular NBA Finals had been the epitome of mid 90s playoff basketball. In other words it was a war! The Knicks frontline was comprised of the late Anthony Mason and Charles Oakley at Forwards, and the Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing at Center. The backcourt consisted of Doc Rivers at Point Guard and John Starks at Shooting Guard. The Knicks in those days were a very physically intimidating team- as embodied by their coach, Hall of Famer Pat Riley. Riley had coached the Los Angeles Lakers to the last 4 of their 5 NBA Titles in the 80s in the decade of the 80s.

On the other side of the hardwood, the Houston Rockets lineup consisted of Vernon Maxwell, Kenny Smith, Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon, Otis Thorpe, and Robert Horry. This team centered upon Olajuwon’s dominance in the middle and the 3-point shooting of the rest of team that was created via the “inside out” game that resulted from teams doubling Hakeem down low to the basket, and him passing out of these double teams to open 3-point shooters on the perimeter.

This particular game was uneventful compared to the last. In Game 6, Houston had staved off elimination, as Olajuwon had blocked John Stark’s potential game winning and championship clinching 3 at the buzzer. This final and deciding game was rather uneventful from the start. The Rockets had been in control from the start and the party had already started in Houston by halftime. My friend Kim Kun Yang, who had defected from the Orient right before the end of the Cold war was lit up like a flaming Dragon for a Chinese Celebration at the Great Wall. By halftime he had already polished off his bottle of Sake. As a Knicks fan, he had brought this bottle anticipating celebration. However, the celebration he had planned proceeded to turn into a session of yelling and screaming in his native tongue at the game on TV. That being said, this did not derail us from the great time we had watching the last game of the 1994 NBA season.


I have played sports all my life, including many different kinds of sports. However, my favorite sport to play is baseball. While other sports such as basketball, racquetball, and football offer more contact and exercise, there is just something about the atmosphere of the game that is endearing. The anticipation of a ball hit to you at SS and turning the double play. The smell of fresh cut grass on a summer day. The crack of the bat. There is so much more to the game than just the events inside the lines. The game is a part of the American culture.

I remember one Saturday morning when I was young. I and my family got up early so we could travel out of town for an all-day tournament. We headed out to the day’s events at approximately 7 that morning. The entire trip involved me imaging myself making plays- both in the field and at bat. I had utilized this technique of self-visualization from a young age after watching and studying the method from the basketball coach Phil Jackson.

Basically, this method, derived from the Zen Buddhist Religion, involved placing yourself in situations where you succeed and playing these situations out in your head. The idea is that by visualizing success, you have already put yourself in a position to deliver and succeed before you get into the actual situation itself in real time. This can be visualizing a made 3 pointer in basketball or turning a double play to end Game 7 of the World Series or any other anticipated moment in time.

As we arrived to the field, all of my baseball senses were immediately heightened at once- the sounds of “Ice cold soda and cracker jacks” filled the morning air. The fields were being prepared with chalk lines down the first and third base lines respectively. Other teams, including mine were just arriving. Some were already there taking in the scene- like minded in purpose and symmetrically driven by the same passion for the game. All of this anticipation leading up to the official beginning to the day’s events with the declaration from the umpire of “Play ball.”

The umpire for the first game was an individual named Brian Kane. The word on the street among the people in the stands was that he had recently been released from prison after serving some time for Arson. He had been allegedly tried and convicted of burning down a local plumbing retail outlet store. He had also filmed the event and posted it on social media with the songs “When the smoke is coming down,” by the band Scorpions, and “Fuel,” by Metallica playing in the background of the documentary of the implosion. This was a mere side note to the tournament, however.

I performed well that day during the tournament. I had 8 hits, 5 RBIs, 2 Stolen Bases, and played well defensively at both SS and CF over the course of 5 games. Our team went 4-1 and placed second in the tournament. I left the tournament with many great memories and anticipated my next tournament the weekend to follow.


Ten years ago I began to play a sport that was quite unconventional. The sport of racquetball. I had heard of the sport and had a general idea of what the sport consisted of but had never played it before. One Saturday, after completing a roofing job with my friend Ortega, I decided to head to my local YMCA and begin to engage in a sport that would forever alter my destiny.

Upon seeing the size of the playing area, I was initially was startled at the size of the court. However, this feeling of surprise was overridden with a surge of intensity as I began to hit the ball against the front wall. Everything in the course of a game of racquetball is played off the front wall. After it hits the front wall a player may use the two side walls, the back wall, and the ceiling (Except on a serve) as a means to gain points.

A player may only score while he is serving, and the serve can take place anywhere within the confines of the rectangle at the front of the court. There is a safety line a few feet back from the back line of the serving area where the recipient of the serve must not cross with his racquet or body until the ball travels beyond the back server line. The game concludes when a player reaches the score of 15.

Typical lingo for the game includes such sayings as “roll out,” “kill shot,” “Hinder,” “3-wall,” and other sport specific lingo. Speeds of a typical shot be excessively fast. Therefore, given the close proximity it is highly recommended and required in all tournament play that competitors wear eye protection. Yes, eyes have been lost, and no divine healing has occurred from these injuries or miracles of biblical proportion so one should take heed to the risks involved in this game.

The game has gone through many trends and levels of interest, with the game peaking in participation in the 70s into the early 80s. Most rural areas do not see a great following of racquetball, but in metropolitan cities the game is still very popular. In Oregon, for example, given the climate, it is an ideal sport because you can play indoors. In Portland, Oregon’s largest city, the game enjoys a great following by the High School athletes. Beaverton High School, for example, is one of the prominent teams that compete in the National tournament in Missouri every year. However, at the high school level the sport is not recognized in Oregon as a sanctioned school sport so the teams must do all their own fundraising.

For me, the game has helped me through many dark and depressing times in my life. Being able to fire shots down the line of the court and hear that majestic “Sonic Boom” as it bounces off the wall is something that one cannot describe unless they experience such intensity and elation themselves. The social aspect is also great, as competitors become friends, and friends become family.

The Greatest NBA game ever played

It could be said that the best final series ever played is the 1976 NBA finals. The finals was between two teams The Boston Celtics and the Phoenix Suns. Prior to this series, the Phoenix Suns had only made the playoffs once and they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Phoenix Suns with their acquired new player Alvan Adams, who had been selected fourth overall in the 1975 draft became their dominant center, fortifying their defense. While the addition of Paul Westphal and Dick Van Arsdale were their go to scorers. The Phoenix Suns cruised to the playoffs with 42 wins and ultimately shocked the basketball world when they upset the Golden State Warriors (Last Years Champions) in the seven game series of the conference semi finals.

The Phoenix Suns had finally made it to the playoff finals. This was their time, but there was a team standing in their way, The Boston Celtics, who were out for revenge after they had lost their chance at the 1975 championship with a defeat in the conference finals against the Washington Bullets

With their desperation, the Boston Celtics came out strong and with an intensity, determined to come out with a championship in the finals. After an intense series the Boston Celtics took the championship from the Phoenix Sun 4-2

The greatest game ever played was Game 5 of the series. A series that went into triple overtime with the Boston Celtics ultimately winning by just two points, which allowed them to carry the momentum over to the next game defeating the Phoenix suns by 7 points.

During game 5, Boston had taken a huge lead, but they could not hold that lead, and the Phoenix Suns came storming back.

That game was rivaled with two very distinct controversies

  1. A technical call that should have been called near the end of regulation
  2. At the lack of time stoppage during a crucial time in the last few seconds of the game which resulted in Phoenix Suns having less time to attempt a shot.

A series of mistakes could have been said to have caused the Boston Celtics championships…..


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