March Madness

The Final Game for Coach Kryzweski

Sometimes, the underdogs win, and last night, in the final four matchup between the Duke blue Devils and the University of Chapter Hill Tarheels, the Tarheels upset the Devils: 87 - 77. What made the matchup more interesting and fun to watch, was this game was going to be Duke’s legendary coach, Mike Kryzweski’s last appearance at the final four stage. He claimed to retire at the end of the 2022-2023 season, after coaching at Duke for nearly four decades.


Duke got off to a quick start from the tip-off. Trevor Keels and Paolo Banchero, two of the top prospects in the NBA Draft, scored at will. getting their teammates involved by penetrating to the basket. Duke had tremendous success in the paint, until UNC decided to take their first time out, and start a two-three zone on defense in order to control the penetration of the Blue Devils. The Tar Heels forced  turnovers using their zone defense and slowly putting points back on the board. Caleb Love, from UNC, with 0:49 left on the clock, hit a dagger three on the wing, after Duke decided to switch on  the screen by big man Brady Manek. The shot iced the game, and put the Tar Heels up by four, a two possessions’ game. 


At the age of 75, Coach Kryzweski retires with 1189 wins in his four-decade coaching career at Duke, while the Tar Heels go on to play Kansas Jayhawks, who eliminated the Villanova Wildcats in their final four matchup.


Winning is addictive

Making a habit of Winning

As an old saying goes, “Winning is a habit.” When you want something badly enough, you will reach that goal by putting in the effort; you will taste that joy and that desire; and even more, you will work harder to reach that goal and to reach that feeling of joy again.


I knew this joy because I experienced this joy. I started playing basketball in fifth grade, and I deeply fell in love with the game. I liked how the the player’s connect, how you score for the basket, and how you fight for the rebound. However, when I came to the town of Concord from Shanghai, my basketball skills were pretty bad compared to other kids in town who had been playing travel ball for three or four years.

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Work Hard to Win

What makes a good basketball player



    In order to become a great basketball player, you need a lot of things. You need to have a work ethic, the competitiveness, shooting , dribbling, passing skill and stamina.  If you cannot make shots in the game, you will not score in games. If you don’t know how to dribble, you will get tons of turnovers in games. If you do not have the passing skill, you will not be able to work with the team. You will not have the stamina to run up and down the court, and you will not even be able to follow the pace of the game; however, among all of these skills, having a work ethic and being competitive is the most important , because if you have a work ethic, you will get better on all the hard skills;  and  if you have a competitive mindset, you will care more about winning or losing games.

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Inside, Outside

Which is better?

These days, we are all stuck at home because of the coronavirus pandemic.I am lucky because I got a hoop in my backyard to practice basketball during warm days,  but sometimes the weather becomes cold and windy. I tried a few times practicing outside, but my fingers were cracked a bit by the cold and sharp wind, and it did hurt. So,  I gave up my thought about shooting hoops during a bad weather like that. But, I thought what I could do is to stay inside and figure out ways to improve.

The word handle first came to me. So, I looked up on YouTube of ball handling routines, and find the one was most suitable for me. In addition, I added Mr. Irwin’s workout to my routine for a rainy day, because I thought I wasn’t running up and down the court anymore during the rainy days, and doing push ups and squats is a good way to increase my explosiveness, and finally I did the painful stretches that will prepare me for the next time’s exercise and prevent me from getting injured.See, it’s not that different from what I do to improve basketball outside. In fact, I even felt the inside routine for everyday is more useful than the outside’s. The only thing bad about it is I couldn’t make my shooting more accurate.After all, I would say that indoor practices gives me more energy on the court, but outdoor practices help me improve as well.

The Space Jam

A cartoon that will make you laugh....

Sometimes, a comedy cartoon can make your day better. Space Jam is one of them, because it featured my favorite game. It features a basketball game of the Aliens against the cartoon characters . The Aliens however, in order to win, had steal the basketball talents from the NBA superstars. So, the characters team recruit the best player ever lived , Michael Jordan, to play against the Aliens.


Even though the movie is a comedy, you will still discover that the directors put a lot of details in the movie, such as how,  after the Aliens stole the superstar’s talent, the superstars were like idiots on the court. I really enjoyed the movie. When you are unhappy about your day, the movie will make you laugh.

The Joy of Biking

A  fun experience...

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   I think everybody knows how to ride bicycle. When I was around eight, my parents taught me how to ride the bicycle. It was a good experience for me. It made my life more convenient because I could go everywhere in Concord by riding on a bike.For example: riding my bike to school. The experience was really fun.

So, I woke up around seven o’clock, and, after brushing my teeth, making my bed, and having a good breakfast, I packed my backpack, and went on my bike to start the journey. During the journey, I got to see the beautiful views around me: the birds singing, sun shining and the sound of the lake.

If I didn’t try and learn how to ride my bicycle when I was eight years old. then, it would be such a regret. We have to try for the new things, because who knows, maybe it might be fun!

Riding my bicycle is not only a good experience, it helps you release your stresses and make you feel good.