There’s No Such Thing as an Off-Season!

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As I sat in church one Sunday this past summer, I realized attendance was down on a beautiful summer day and my thoughts were tracking with some observations I’ve had about the basketball world.  We are technically in the off-season, but these days there really is no such thing.  As the NBA Finals wound down, we were bombarded with news of the draft and free agent signings, and tuned in to watch triple-headers of NBA summer league games – yes, summer league games.  And now we’ve analyzing the blockbuster trade between the Cav’s and the Celtics.  But it’s not just NBA basketball, as our normal family decision to attend church together was impacted by summer tournaments for both our high school son and our older, now coaching son.  Both of them realize this is a chance to improve and I’m all in favor of it, to a certain degree, so we made some accommodations, but I don’t want it to be a habit for me or for my family.  And yet, church attendance is frequently down during the summer months for a variety of reasons, as if churchgoers are in an off-season, but should they be? Continue reading

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Losing the Low Post Tradition

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As we shift focus to the NBA playoffs, I’ve been catching up with my hometown Milwaukee Bucks and have witnessed a transformation that most of us in the basketball world have noticed happening for quite some time – the vanishing low post (We took a closer look in 2013 with Christmas & Post-Ups). Gone are the days of Milwaukee’s Lew Alcindor hitting sky hooks and drop-stepping from the block, but we have welcomed in two other seven-footers in Giannis Antetokounmpo and Greg Monroe wheeling and dealing from the elbow.  They’re still posting up with their back to the basket, but they provide evidence of how the game of my youth has changed and it reminds me of the struggles going on within the church of today. Continue reading

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Never Take the Post Season for Granted

While major college basketball is wrapping up the regular season, many in high school and many at the DIII level have already ended their seasons.  With reduced finances in DIII, many of the 425 teams have already completed their seasons and only a select few will continue on, not just nationally, but merely in conference post season play.  In our eleven team league, only the top six move on to the conference tournament with typically only the tournament winner moving on to the NCAA tournament.  Qualifying for the post season, even within the conference, is extremely difficult. Continue reading

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