"The Lovin Spoonful Sing Again...we win on the road...and I get my FIRST stats sheet after the game..." Glory!!

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November 26, 2007...Monday afternoon...We're all smiling in Beijing...120-99...yes, ONE HUNDRED and 20 points in ONE GAME by the Jilin Northeast Tigers last night...We came out focused and made one huge adjustment on offense that set the tone for the game and eliminated all tentativeness on the part of guard play by having Wong Bo, Power Forward, play Point Forward for us this game...He had an outstanding floor game: 11 points...8 rebounds...8 assists...1 turnover...We had 6 players in double figures with D Tate leading the way with 40 points...and he ONLY had 3 at halftime...go figure...Our team defense was solid as were are decision-making with the ball in the half court...If only we could "bottle" this persona, make a couple of cases, and take the potion hope with us...I had a pregame conversation with our best overall athlete on the team, "Cash", who has been struggling the last two outings...He came to my rooms after our meeting in Coach Gao's room (a gameday ritual usually at 4pm when the contest begins at 7:30pm)...Pancake also was there to translate for the both of us, although Cash understands my "Chinglish" better than most...Anyway, I wanted to find out firsthand what was bothering Cash, and how he felt about his malperformances at home lately...Let me tell you how much I really respect and care for Cash: he is MORE important to this team than anyone else per se, because he can guard 4 positions (sans the opposing Center), and play 3 positions...He also brings an energy and spirit to the team that is lacking for the most part and to me a 'breath of fresh air' when all else seems to go awry when we struggle out there on the floor in close games...So anyway, he tells me thru Pancake that "I was trying to play so well for our fans that I couldn't do anything right..."...Hmmm, THAT sounds familiar doesn't it? How many of you have witnessed your own sons and daughters struggling at home in their sports activity, only to find out later that they were trying to play their hearts out for you...As Cash continued to "release" the burden of thoughts past and perhaps rekindled for tonight's game, I reminded him, that basketball is a team game, meaning that he has no control over his teammates missed shots, lack of rebounding, poor passing and less than perfect effort, that ONLY he has control over his own performance and that "control" is perfect because it is EFFORT...He looked at Pancake translating and then at me and you could see in his eyes and facial expressions that he understood exactly what ol coach tom was sharing with him now...And pffffht just like that he broke out in a smile and thanked me over and over again, saying that he now knows NOT to put the burden of playing perfect as opposed to giving one's best effort...Now, I gotta tell y'all something here, I am on another continent, coaching in China, having a wonderful historical experience and I STILL get goosebumps talking with students of the game...for that I am so appreciative to experience this still...Little steps lead up steep mountain, and I am gaining more and more confidence with my relationship with the players and coaches...

Beijing Observations: This place is awaiting the World, that's for sure...their "theme" mantra for the Olympics in '08 is "One Dream...One World..."...They are definitely preparing highways, buildings and the airport itself for this most epic event in Asia to date...Imagine the World descending upon Beijing and China in general, for the first time...10 out 10 people in the free world are wearing or using some item in their daily lives that has been made, manufactured, worn or used that was made in this country...I will have more on THAT subject soon...it is mind provoking phenomenon that, frankly, has me scratching my head and wondering "if" we're ready for China emerging as "the" country of the future...Trust me, when I lay out the similarities in their approach to Western Civilization, well, you'll get the picture real quick...Okay, I'm a stoppin this blogit, as I am back from a most wonderful team dinner where we had "hot pot" cooked lamb and vegetables...Let me say this: this food is so fresh and unbelievably healthy, it makes you wonder about the paranoia that's been generated to date about their toys ect...Will get back to you tomorrow...

Thanks as always for taking the time to read my blogits and perhaps share them with others...I gotta Big Shout Out for my main man, Larry Stone and Family...This cat's so cool they gotta put the "heat" on during the summer...Also, want to wish Jeff D'Ambrosio the best wishes in his debut as the varsity boys coach at Mt. Si...He will do well there, I believe, because he cares for the kids FIRST and NOT after they get in trouble...see you shortly...Coach tom

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