"CBA All Star game was an exercise...if that..."...

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January 13, 2008...Sunday night apre' All Star game...somewhere outside Urumqui, Northeast China...

The CBA did a great job to promote their event prior to tipoff, having players from both teams visit elderly people, schools and I believe a hospital as well...They had their "Rookie Game" last night, which wasn't televised, and then their main event tonight...The pregame ceremonies were well planned and a great effort was made by all to put on a "show"...Unfortunately, the players in the Main Event reminded me of pickup basketball by Sunday hoopers, lots of offense and Ole' defense by bothteams...It was the kind of game that if you had a sleeping disorder, no meds were needed, just watch the game and you would see how this particular game reminded you of a level "yo=yo" going up and down the court...

Score? Let's see, when I woke up in the 4th Qtr., DT's team was leading by 5 with 45 seconds to play, and ended up winning by same margin I believe...DT scored 16 points in the first half on array of shots, one coming from Downtown Freddie Brown "zone", like about a 45' uncontested jumper...this was his first activity since last Sunday, and his first "sweat" stepping on the floor after being so ill during the week with the flu...He is scheduled to drive to the Muslim city, Urumqui, not far from this All Star city, and play for the #2 seeded team in the playoffs...I wish him well...He started in this game and I think finished with over 20 points, but I was zonked out when he left in the 2nd Qtr...Only 3 Americans from other teams were added to this All Star event, and having DT being on it in his first season is quite an accomplishment...He's going to have to work very very hard when he returns to the States in preparation for an NBA gig...He has the strength and body type to make a positive impression, only lacking experience vs. top athletic competition to make an "imprint" at this point...We talked about how important it is to continue to develop his upper body strength and conditioning regimen, so he can be successful in the tryout process...He's a fierce competitor and I'm biggest supporter for anything he attempts with the game...He's very "young" in athletic competitions, having only started playing when he was 16 years old...Never was on an AAU team, didn't go through the fanfare and "worship" period of being a "phenom" in high school, so all of the "late" rewards to date have been a result of his commitment to improve his overall skills and as he says: "just get better every time out, Coach..."...

Power Outage in Coldchun today...not once TWICE...Hmmm, I'll say this, as cold as it is outside, and the number of people who have electric heat, there could be some new "offspring" come this summer...This morning the power went out for about 25 mins. unexpectedly, and I was watching a movie on HBO when that happened, hoping that I could see the end of Xmen...Never saw that flick before, it was pretty good. when it came back on for the last 20 mins...Then tonight, another blackout, just in case there were those who "didn't" experience the first one during the day...this one lasted about 40 mins., and again I was in my room watching Seven Years in Tibet with Brad Pitt and a wonderful host of actors supporting his role...This movie was an epic event to behold, presenting the awful incursion/experience of this peaceful sovereignty, Tibet, unlike any stories I was aware of before I came to Changchun...My friend, Lee, in Happy Valley, Clackamas, has been a tremendous supporter of these people's cause, and is a dear friend to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama...Who by the way, is making an appearance in the NW, Puget Sound to be exact, sometime in April, I believe...Lee hopes to introduce me to HH and that would be a true highlight in my life, trust me...Okay, enuff said and done here...I'm going to bed, finishing up my template for the Vladivostok clinic coming in a couple of weeks...I was hoping to be working with the Junior team here in Changchun, but everyone in the Jilin Tigers team has gone on vacation already, and the teams are out of town playing in some tournaments, so here I am, packed and rarin to go to Beijing and then Russia in two weeks...I leave for Beijing January 23rd and will be there 10 days before my trip to Russia...I have a appearance at a basketball academy there in Beijing the week after next, helping out a coach/friend of my father...There are suppose to be high school boys and girls who attend this school...Will blogit when I arrive and keep y'all posted...

Take care, drive safely, and best wishes to all...Coach tom

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