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Two On Two | Simcoe & Bethune Courts

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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Aug 20th: Played ball for 4 hours last night.  I had the chance to play about 4 games of full court and then two long sessions of “52” that I came out mostly on top.  That switched to 1 on 1… where I was handed about 4 straight losses.  Some games were close like 11-7… but some where bad.  My partner is way better at me and being 19 years old and can drive and shoot… made my work guarding him tough.

Some clips of the full court games are below.  The camera didn’t capture the action at the other end of the court so I just put some buckets together.  I missed about 5 good looks…. but to post that would be boring.

Night Ball At The Basketball Courts | Peterborough | Simcoe & Bethune from Speed on Vimeo.

 

Aug 12:  Played ball last night and played for about 3 hours.  Played full for the most part.  When people started to go home… I picked up a little two on two game.  I was exhausted.  I just wanted to let my partner score.  It’s a boring little video… but it was nice to hit the courts.

A little game of hide & seek below:

Playing Hide & Seek During Basketball | Where Did He Go? from Speed on Vimeo.

What Nik Did On His Summer Break?

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

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I was so happy when Nik was selected 11th in this year’s NBA Draft held in NYC.  I even liked his suit.  Nik The Stick is heading to SacTown and can’t wait to try and get tickets for when they play the raptors to see him play.  What an awesome shooter.

White Men Can Jump

Ontario’s Own!  He went to Michigan and they made a great run!  Last year and this year.  Man he can shoot.

Best of luck.  It was not that long ago that I met him at a camp I was volunteering at.  A great young kid.  Big props for his Dad who made the court in the back-yard so he could shoot all day and night.

Can’t wait to follow his stats as he plays this year!

 

I Could Watch This Pass All Day | No Wait… I Would Hit The Courts After 20 Minutes

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

tumblr_n56jufCtl51qjpqono1_250Stuff like this wants to make you go out on the playground and play some ball.  I am just getting back in the swing of the things on the court.  My wind is a bit better.  Lifting weights at the gym is starting to help my upper-body strength.  Yoga (Yes… I have had my first official class) & Core Strength class is kicking my ass and making me sore in everyday things like raising my cup of tea to my mouth.

It’s all worth it.

Old Men vs. Young Bucks from Speed on Vimeo.

I play against 20 year olds.  I’m 43.  They are faster and can jump higher.  I need to hustle more and get my buckets.  It’s all about getting buckets at the courts.  That and some respect.

Always Be Working from Speed on Vimeo.

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We The North

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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tumblr_n0cihlm4z51ru2hx7o1_400What a year.  Game 1 was set.  I decided I wanted to head down and experience it.  Went down alone.  Got up at 5am and out the door at 5:15am and I was downtown by 8:30am to have some breakfast and a tall blonde.  It was awesome.  Great experience.  I wish I could go to all the Party’s in the Square.  I posted a video on Instagram of the crowd on P’s dunk and Holly tweeted to me for the link so she could share. (posted below)

Game Two is tonight.  I will expand this post with more content.

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 Words below by Holly Mackenzie:

The energy was there, even though the late-game execution wasn’t.

After Toronto spent the better part of this week downplaying talk of the Brooklyn Nets deliberately trying to drop into the sixth spot to face them, they weren’t without confidence on Saturday afternoon.

Losing a close 94-87 decision to the Brooklyn Nets on Game 1 of the opening round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs, Raptors head coach Dwane Casey was asked if he was worried about disappointing Toronto fans.

“This is nowhere near disappointing,” Casey said. “We are a young team and we won the vision. We’re third in the conference. We’re going to fight our butts off to win this series. This does not identify us as far as who we are if we don’t come out on top. This is one game. This series is not over.”

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Before the game even started, Raptors president and general manager Masai Ujiri joined the thousands of people standing in a packed Maple Leaf Square and got on the mic to thank them for coming out to support the team. Caught up in the moment, he finished his speech with an expletive.

Midway through the first half, news of Ujiri’s comments hit the Internet. Ujiri held a halftime media scrum to quickly apologize for the word choice in a public place with children present. He also said he didn’t mean any disrespect to the Nets and he was trying to get the crowd going.

Raptors players appreciated the support behind his sentiment.

“He’s a very passionate guy,” Kyle Lowry said. “He believes in what we have and what we’re doing and that’s what he is. He’s a passionate and very emotional guy.”

With Ujiri showing emotion for his team outside, the crowd inside the Air Canada Centre was just as vocal about their team. Standing, cheering and berating the officials throughout the game, the fan support was phenomenal.

Singing the national anthem before the game, passing a massive ‘We The North” flag along the lower 100-level of the arena and keeping up a vicious “KG Sucks” chant throughout the game, the mood in Air Canada Centre was electric despite the early tip-off time.

After a five-year wait for the postseason, the fans came out to show the Raptors their appreciation for the work and passion they’ve played with all season long.

“It was unbelievable,” Lowry said. “The atmosphere, the crowd, the intensity, the noise. We need that every night. I can tell you that the Brooklyn Nets were [saying], ‘Speak up, we can’t hear, it’s loud in here,’ so it definitely affected them a little bit.”

Vasquez, arriving in Toronto from Sacramento in December, was overwhelmed with the support from the Raptor faithful and wanted them to know the feeling is mutual.

“This is the best place to play,” Vasquez said. “This is amazing. Toronto is amazing. The fans are amazing. We love the fans. I know they’re going to stick with us and they’re going to support us no matter what. I said it before even the series started, during the season.”

While Brooklyn’s playoff experience helped them down the stretch in Game 1, the Raptors are ready to be on radar. TNT’s Steve Kerr tweeted that Toronto’s fan base is the East’s version of Golden State. With fans on their feet at Maple Leaf Square for hours to watch the game, it’s easy to see why Ujiri felt the need to greet and join in their excitement. It’s been awhile since the Raptors were on the radar, but they’ve returned in a big way.

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Monday, March 17th, 2014

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My Raptors | Open Gym | Excellent Doc | Let’s Forgive Vince

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

I’m happy the Raptors have posted the full episodes of Open Gym on YouTube.  Here are the 6 episodes.  It’s wild to see the “turn” of this team after the Rudy trade.  Watch Ep 4 to 6 back to back… and you will be a fan. I have loved this team since 1994 when it was announced… just great to see the vibe back into the game.
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After watching Ep 5 and the DOC below… let’s forgive VC.  We all make mistakes.  In his heart… he would do things over if he could.  He brought so many great memories to Toronto.