ALLAN ON PRES OBAMA, GALLINARI, UPCOMING WEEKS
First of all thank you for your thoughts and prayers for Eddy (Curry). Although we don’t know a lot yet about the recent events with his family, but please be in prayer for him and his family. He obviously has had a lot he’s been dealing with so far this year. What we can do right now is support him and pray for comfort.
Last week was an amazing week huh! President Obama sworn in, and a 3 game winning streak-even though it was snapped Saturday. When I see pictures, sound bytes, and images of President Obama (which in itself sounds incredible), I still am overwhelmed. I am excited for what the Obama family will be for the image of the African-American male, and family. When I grew up, to have both parents, who cared about me being educated was sometimes looked down on. As I look back, this is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard of. This hopefully will change.
For everybody, not just blacks. You can tell the Obama is serious about their strong family unit. This is huge for the development of our next generation. We need strong families.
I know fans are happy to see Gallinari back. I bet you didn’t realize he could shoot the way he does either. I saw it first hand in practice before he began playing in games. As he was getting closer to playing, we would have shooting games against each other.
Don’t you even think about asking either! It did take me longer to beat him than anyone else though:) We played one on one full court one time. Now, I stay in decent shape, but full court one on one is a beast! It felt like I swallowed a match that was lit. He didn’t miss too many then either. I’m glad to see the fans receive him now. That’s a big step to come in as a rookie and have people pull for you.
Even though the streak ended, the guys are feeling a little better about their rhythm. Nate’s shooting better helps. Sometimes when you’re in a new system and you’re young, you tend to over-think.
The great thing about Mike’s (D’Antoni) system is that there should not be a lot of over-thinking. Either shoot if you’re open, or make a play for someone else. The more the ball moves, instead of going one on one, the better rhythm everyone can be in. This is what has become more consistent.
The next 2 weeks will be a great test. There are 9 games left until All-Star break, including tonight vs. Houston. The way we go into the break could tell a lot about playoff hopes.
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