WE ALL WANT TO STAND BESIDE OUR HEROES EVEN IF WE DON’T KNOW WHO THEY ARE
(Going further with our sport theme -here’s a quick hitter!)
Last night at the Brock University men’s summer league game Grumpy saw something he just had to share with you. The youngest son is playing in this league as a 2013-2014 Brock Badger recruit.
After the game Grumpy asked the Phenom, “Do you know what high profile player you were playing against tonight?”
To which Josh responded, “You mean that big guy that was really, really good?”
The Brock Men’s Varsity team were playing the Niagara Old Timers. Most of these guys were late thirties – early forties in age. There were touches of grey and a few rollovers. Most of the Niagara guys looked like middle-aged accountants.
Well that big guy the Phenom described was none other than 39 year old Greg Newton (6’ 10”) who at one time served as the Captain of the Duke Blue Devils.
Ya, that Duke!
He also was a member of the 2000 Canadian Olympic team that finished 7th in the world after making a good run toward the medal round.
And, guess what, Greg Newton can still play.
Indeed, he was the best player on the floor, making the Brock Varsity big men look, well – just ordinary.
And yes, the old guy can still dunk.
In one signature slam he swung one handed from the hoop like a monkey on a bar – all 245 pounds of him. Grumpy suspects that he was the leading scorer for the Niagara team. He also hit several deep threes in the game.
The Brock youngsters only beat these oldsters by a score of 80-70. The old guys came within 4 points a couple of times during the game. Grumpy wishes he knew who some of the other old guys were. One grey haired big guy owned the key posting up and over players probably 20 years his junior. These oldsters played with savvy and class, which in turn means, they played with SMARTS.
The Brock’ boys were really up for this game and played full out. A lot of good natured chirping went on and you could see by the smiles that everyone was having a blast. But, really it was the can of whoop-ass the old guys opened that really made that game so competitive.
The fire in their eyes read, “Bring it on kiddies!”
Anyway, it was probably a bigger thrill for Grumpy than Josh to witness this. You see, Newton played at Duke when Josh was a baby in diapers. To the Phenom he was just that, “Big guy that played really really good.”
For him it’s all about respect, you see!
Nonetheless, the Phenom had another cool basketball experience this week. (Two in one week must be a good omen.)
While visiting Toronto for the huge Maclemore concert, the boys stayed overnight in a pretty classy hotel. None other than the Canadian National Basketball Team was staying there as well.
The boy noticed a familiar face and decided to approach him to talk a little round ball. The player in question was none other than NBA #1 2013 Draft Pick, Anthony Bennett; he of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
So, now we have a picture to add to our basketball memorabilia – the PHENOM alongside the next NBA gazillionaire, looking like they’re teammates or buddies or something.
BTW the Phenom is 6’1′, while Anthony is 6’8″ tall.