Saturday! 
 
Rainy and quite cold today. It didnt matter to my 15-year old neighbour who wanted a 1on1 with me outside in the yard. A quick game to 7 before the weather got nasty. He rings my bell every other week when hes in town, and I like the fact that he wants to play although Im mostly busy chasing my kids around (!). 
 
Its about the youth!
 
 
Take care.
 

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Nothing at Kronan today. I did not have the time to make it to the usual 16:00-17:00-time, so I made an earlier trip - this time to Kronogårdens 5on5-court next to Lantmannavägen. I was there around 14:00 and the weather was really nice, as the sun brought the warmth and the wind wasnt that active at first.
 
A few minutes in, a big group of kids walked by. Some lowergrade-classes seemed to have a field-day of some sorts. Anyway, I was in my Music... yes, and I listened to all the Yinka Dare- mixes on Youtube (!). You know those basketball-videos made with some cool music, featuring the nba-stars of today and past, in honor of Yinka Dare who had a short career and sadly passed away too soon. Well, my shots were falling and suddenly two girls jumps onto the court and shouts and yell at me! "Woah!", they really scared me haha. I couldnt be more unprepared as I was "in the zone" of shooting if you may say so... These two girls had a half hot-dog shoved into their mouths while at the same time trying to say something to me. Oh my, well, they were quite funny because at the next moment I realize that a bunch of other kids has sat down around the table just next to the court, pointing and laughing. I guess these girls were the class-clowns!
 
They stayed a big portion of my session out there, and I did not want to interup whatever they had outside today to invite them into playing. Although I couldve had this HUGE oppurtunity of really letting them try out the game, they looked just too busy stuffing themselves with ice-cream and eating hot-dogs (!)
 
I joked around a bit, though, and they actually sat and watched and cheered me on for about 20-25 minutes which, I must say, was an honor because they couldve easily have ran to the playground with all the features just 15 meters from the court. But they stayed, and I became real humble.
 
Thank you, kiddos, you were great. Thanks for letting me be the center of attention for some part of your hopefully enjoyable day outside with your classmates. And I hope at least some of them got interested in the game of basketball!
 
 
Todays video:
 
Lets gear up for the NBA-finals and bring you a 1975-finals Flashback, where the Golden State Warriors fought the Washington Bullets for the title: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEjCvD3YL8Y In a game were Rick Barry was the lethal weapon for the Warriors (game 3, 38 Points), notice the short-shorts, the under-hand free-throws and the awesome afros. I absolutely count those as part of the highlight-reels in this video.. ;-)
 

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Haha! Today was great. I met and played with some cool, funny kids today, let me tell you. 
 
So. As usual, Im at Kronan (in Kronogården) between 16-17 mondays, wednesdays and fridays if nothing else is said on this blog or on facebook. Rarely, kids/people come to these sessions because they know Im there but I get my fair share of ballers joining me anyway! So its great. The rest is marketing, I guess.
 
Today, monday, I was at Kronan 16 a clock, talked to the janitor (as usual) whos there at that time almost every session. At the beginning, if no one is there, I normally just start dribbling and attempts (read: MAKE!) some closeranged jumpers to get my rythm going. As I tell all kids coming to join me, start close to the basket (I know you all want to make that longrange but come on... :-)... ), and then you move out further away from the basket. So, I´ll do the same as every other time. After awhile I see some kids running towards the court with their mother close behind them. They want to play! I cant see it in their eyes. but they are shy to ask for a ball. So I make some shots in a row outside the court (its a really small Court tho if you dont know it ;-)... ) and they start yelling something in a different language (the cultural aspect of doing this is also, truly, amazing to be apart of, and it can be very comical sometimes!). Then and there, I decides to ask one of them (they cant be older than 4-7 years old, all of them boys.. .) to try to put some shots up. The one kid with the ball now in his hands looks at their mama and is like "can I ? please!", and yes he could (how could she say "no" now, when Ive invited them in.  Sorry but they looked very intrigued!). So they try to throw it, I tried to teach them to use their legs and all but it was just fun and games - as it should be! They were all very happy when they left, all had tried to shoot and dribble and they had a quite unselfish passinggame for 4 sibblings (I thought they was, anyway). I tried to show off with some half-Court shots as they hurried home (It didnt go in! *schhh*...).
 
As time moved on, I met a couple of other kids. Some a bit older, they want to be cocky too sometimes, like today:  "Hey, I can make it OVER HERE!" (as they point with their hands and fingers at the same time) and in a second I give them a hard, nice bounce-pass over to the other side outside the Court to call their bluff (Im not mean.. I just try to joke around). He missed badly and blamed it on the wind and I completely agree, as I said to him, and also blamed it on the wind as I missed my next shot in front of him (!). Anyway, I got to talk to him and his friend for awhile, and it turns out he played some ball at the U19-team (not naming names for bragging rights within his team now when Ive just called out his missed shot...) and his friend had played so I tried to talk him into playing organized ball (as I ALWAYS does to anyone coming by haha). It was fun, I hope I´ll see them again, crossing paths with some basketball being played!
 
At the end, I usually play a lot of time by myself, although people passes by and I try to interact with them. In the final minutes today, I had a 1-on-1 with a young kid who was going to his soccer-practice with his friend and teammate. We had a nice chat, as I applauded them for playing a sport but at the same time tried to lure them over to also play some more basketball. In Trollhättan, it seems, basketball is played during spring and summer - outside - and isnt really thought of as in club-terms. This is a huge challenge for clubteam not only in Trollhättan but also in cities as Vänersborg and Uddevalla who has had teams but has close to nothing these days.
 
See you wednesday!
 

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