"Basketball doesn't build character it reveals it"
"Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best" - Tim Duncan
"Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals"
--Dr. James Naismith, the father of basketball
The basketball season is in full swing in IITD. Every other person seems to have caught the 'baski' virus and i am no exception. i have never had a craze for any game till now (not even tennis). i love all games and to be honest and humble, i have a knack for all of them. i just need to spend some time at it.
things have changed with basketball. its become really addictive. such an interest in the game was not found when i was in NITK. this can be explained by the following reasons:
1) i was more into tennis
2) no one taught me the game with the intention of teaching me. people used to teach me with their style in mind and asked me to adopt to it. honestly, such a method of teaching is bullshit.
out here, i have a friend who taught me from the basics but encouraged me to develop my own style of playing. hes a treat to play with, always encouraging you to aim higher (like Tim Duncan said). Plus he makes it fun, something i was never able to see when i was in NITK.
Moving away from my story, let me give you a brief outlay of whats been happening in the inter-hostel basketball tournament. My hostel Shivalik is into the semis where we are going to face the defending champions, the Nil Bulls (from NIlgiri hostel). Incidentally, we are the Shiv Guns. Our progress to the semi was littered with a defeat and two victories. We beat Vindhyachal and Kumaon but were thrashed by Jwalamukhi. jwala is a one man army with its all purpose missile being a chap called Bhandari who has played for Rajasthan state. Semifinal matches start on Wednesday with the following line up.
Shiva vs Nilgiri
Jwala vs Karakoram/Aravali (i am not sure of the grp A standings)
Heres hoping for a cracker of a match and hopefully a victory and still hopefully a tournament win....