N. Tru Bass -- NBA life of Dreams and Inspiration

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NBA Draft Class 2017

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

Op/ED

The NBA has never been more exciting than is today with rookies like Josh Jackson and Markelle Fultz joining veterans like LeBron James and Steph Curry should make for an abundance of highlights.  It reminds me of when I was a boy watching basketball with intensity.  Not because I loved the players themselves, but because I had gifts and talent of my own and watching always sparked that little voice in my head to say, “I can do that.”

As a 10-year-old, I watched, Artis Gilmore, Julius Erving, David Thompson, Larry Keenan and George Gervin compete in a dunk contest.  It was around 1976, and it you are old enough to remember, there was a backboard breaker at the time, Daryl Dawkins that made the game wickedly exciting.    By the way, (Dr. J) Julius Erving, 6-6 won the contest. 

The crew and I were excited to see players like Bernard King, Norm Nixon and Jack Sikma and how they would fair against the hops of David Thompson or the power of the sky hook of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. 

It was fodder for many playground conversations and was the classroom for offensive move development and dream initiation. 

While not every kid on the playground will find himself in the NBA, it offers that improbable dream that sparks fantasy and drives possibility.  I can still feel the excitement I felt having just a remote possibility of doing something on a high level.  My hope is that this new generation of players cause that same sense of optimism, because that dream carries on through every endeavor. 

Not only did we mimic their play, we mimicked their cool and demeanor as well.  And, hopefully, Ball, Tatum and Fox and others will keep that in the front of their minds as they continue their journey through the basketball world following in the footsteps of those who preceded them.

I would like to bid them all good luck and congratulations on a life of dreams and remember the children that you will inspire. 

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