Actually Playing Basketball

October, 2, 2008
10/02/08
1:24
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There are some very good basketball players hanging around the Pro Training Center at IMG. I asked one of them -- a 6-6 teenaged pillar of lean muscle -- how we looked. And he said: "Tired."

True enough.

After everything else was done for the day, we played some basketball. Gassed, really. But fun. Grey shirt and blue shorts is Chris Ballard of Sports Illustrated. I'm telling you: He can really play. Guarding him made me feel, more than anything, dumb. And slow. Just couldn't get to where he was, and he punishes every mistake.

He can shoot, and move -- the clear MVP of this camp, from day one.

(Many thanks to Coach Anthony Macri, who shot just about all of the video from this trip that I am in.)

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