Basketball and Podcasts
Two years have passed since I stopped participating in the morning practices with the basketball team. I haven’t managed to find anything to replace that very necessary fitness routine, and I am not feeling good about it. Even just walking is better than nothing, but boredom has kept me away. That is, until this morning. When I woke up, at my customary 4am, I realized that all I needed was some interesting podcasts to spice up my walks. I stopped by 99 Percent Invisible and came across a fascinating and timely podcast, The Yin and Yang of Basketball (suggestions for other great podcasts welcome). It is an excellent, brief history of the evolution of basketball with lots of great audio bits, including Pop’s whining about the 3 point “circus” shot , which is more relevant now than ever.
I paid my dues and have access to all the NBA playoff and regular season games. I am looking forward to watching the Clippers/Spurs 2015 playoff round which I missed last year. And more pressingly, to watching the Warriors at the Spurs on Sunday. In a chat with Frenik this morning, we agreed that comparing eras is a ridiculous proposition. That doesn’t mean, however, that we can’t enjoy the best of this era like we did the best of previous eras. I watched yesterday’s Spurs/Warriors game on demand and two things popped out at me. Curry ain’t afraid of the paint,
and, the Spurs look pretty silly when they are passing the ball around the perimeter, with no Warriors guarding them because…the Warriors don’t need to (either because Pop won’t let ’em shoot, or most of them will miss, I don’t know). There was undoubtedly a lot more to see in that game, but that is what my ever-green eye picked up. Oh, and I love Kawhi Leonard.
Again, if any of you have any favorite podcasts let me know what they are. I darn well better be needing them, and gettin’ my butt of the couch. Also, let us know any thoughts you have on the upcoming playoffs. Cheers!