Thursday, April 07, 2005
Waterloo put together a pro basketball team to play in the new International Basketball League. Believe it or not, they convinced Tim Hardaway, he of the killer cross-over of years gone by, to suit up for their team's first game. My basketball attention span has greatly diminished since the end of the NCAA finals on Monday, but this might warrant a road trip.
Iowa's current roster reads like a Who's Who of recent Hawkeye State high school talent, with former stars like Adam Haluska, Jeff Horner, Greg Brunner, Mike Henderson, and Carlton Reed. Waterloo's roster, by comparison, is a collection of who-dat's (gratuitous Wonk reference). Apparently one need only play for a small Iowa college (or a bigger school 5 years ago) to earn a roster spot.
Nevertheless, the league is intriguing. They are strongly emphasizing an up-tempo game - they're using a 22 second shot clock and only allowing each team only one timeout per quarter. For the players, life sounds as tough as that of baseball's lowest level individuals. Guys are playing for about $30 a game and working full-time off the court. Waterloo's coach even has a job apart from the team.
As I may have mentioned in the past, my two spectator sporting obsessions are college basketball and major league baseball. Their mutually exclusive schedules are perfect for my viewing tendancies - Opening Day fell on the same day as the last day of the basketball season, and college games resume just a few weeks after the World Series. This allows me to completely throw myself into each game, but it also means that I pay little attention to anything else besides the sport in season.
Given the above obsession with baseball, and the Minnesota Twins specifically, posting at this blog will be much less frequent than it has been over the past few months. I'll still be writing about past players and teams that interest me, about this year's and next year's Big Ten teams, about the NBA draft in June, about the Primetime League this summer, and anything else that interests me along the way, but you should be able to keep up by simply checking in once or twice a week.
'Til next time......