I’m back … or am I really?
March 6, 2008, 4:24 pm
Filed under: Basketball, Challenge

My sportswriting confidence skyrocketed over this past weekend, when I went to Kennewick and covered the NWAACC basketball tournament. I was on my own, managing my own stories, building my own sources (however quickly and temporarily), writing on deadline, turning out stories my editor said he liked. I was feeling great, like I could take over the WSU beat today and hit the ground running.

Then I got back to Pullman and around Vince, and all those feelings went out the window.

Yes, I learned a lot over the weekend. And I impressed myself and my editor. But God, I still don’t really know crap.  Of course, Vince is superhuman when it comes to basketball. He knows just about everything there is to know. I’m still catching up, and I have a long ways to go. Much of what I realize I don’t know is sports history.

“Kyle Weaver reminds me of Nate McMillan,” one sportswriter said at practice Tuesday. Of course I know who Nate McMillan is, but I couldn’t start to tell you about how he plays or who plays like him. I certainly wouldn’t be able to name an NBA player Derrick Low is like. Maybe Steve Nash? Probably just the hair.

So I asked Vince if there are some basketball books or videos he would recommend I get to learn more of the intricacies of basketball (there are a lot). He suggested I go to a large bookstore (i.e. Barnes & Noble) and look through some basketball coaching books — and some of those come with CDs or DVDs as a supplement. Sounds good to me — I’m much more of a visual learner than someone who can read an explanatory paragraph and automatically recognize it on the floor as a pick-and-roll. (I do, incidentally, know what the pick-and-roll, one of basketball’s most basic plays, looks like.)

After basketball practice Wednesday I drove out to Hastings, in Moscow. It didn’t have much of a basketball section, so that was all for naught. The DVD section — more precisely, the used-DVD section — lured me, however, and I ended up buying nine DVDs. (It’s an addiction. Really.)

That leads me into my next post, which I will be writing purely for my own enjoyment.


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I found your site on google blog search and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. Just added your RSS feed to my feed reader. Look forward to reading more from you.

Karen Halls

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