I’ve been playing basketball from a young age, and like most kids nowadays, started playing basketball exclusively and on club teams in 5th grade. Being the 6′ 4" 200 lbs freak of nature I am, I really had no choice but to pick up the sport. I have had a lot of fun during my career but I’m reaching burn out phase. So, I have four months to go of competitive ball with my closest friends.
Sophomore year I started on the varsity team and was named to the All League team, the first time in at least a decade a sophomore from my school had done so. Junior year I was named co-captain, which caused some interesting tensions but was an excellent experience. This year I am co-captain again with a buddy of mine and we are looking to go far.
Last season I blogged throughout the season on "shit happens"; sports analogies in business; leadership when you have twelve sweaty teammates, two minutes, and obnoxious fans; similarities and differences in the business off-site and the team dinner; and the myth that hard work equals success. I did receive one helpful comment from these posts which I incorporated into my captainship.
These are the busiest four months of the year for me and I pretty much become inaccessible via phone unless it’s pre-scheduled. I enjoy the challenge the pushing myself physically – say, during sprints – and mentally, when the gym is so loud I can’t hear myself talk.
It’s time for one last hurrah!