Pic of all of us before some of us went to shoot the free throws
On Wednesday, my buddies and I went to Opening Night of the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors beat the Houston Rockets by four points.
It was cool because prior to the game, we had courtside seats to watch the players warm up. I finally got to see Yao Ming in real life. He’s so tall. He didn’t play in the game but he did do some drills during the warm ups.
I’ll fast forward to the end. After the game, there was a promotion where certain fans could go down to the court and shoot free throws to win a prize. The prize was two courtside seats to a future home game. In order to win, one person has to make two free throws in a row to advance to the next round. Then the process repeats.
There were about 300 people +/- 100 that were there. We got in line and waited our turn. Before that, I was a little nervous but I had confidence in my shot. The hard part about it was that this was my first time on the court, first time touching an official NBA ball and I had no warm ups before that.
But I got up to the line, readied myself and nailed the first one. I had to make the next one to advance. I shot it short and I was eliminated. It sucked, but it taught me a valuable lesson: free throws are easy.
Well, the fact that I had no prior preparation and that it was my first time, the shot was easy and I made my first attempt. Actually, it probably was a lot of muscle memory that kicked in. Anyway, there was some pressure but I was relaxed. So, in the end, I learned that the ball is really rough and free throws are easy. And that’s my story of how I shot two free throws on a real NBA court, missed one, and learned that Shaq really sucks at free throws.
Also, tomorrow I am going back to Oracle Arena with a press pass to watch the game for free AND to meet and greet Jeremy Lin for Asian Heritage Night. I’ll try to take some pics, get some soundbites and all the goodies. But I have to be professional too. Stay tuned!!!!
On the court, right before we went to shoot our free throws