This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Adidas Nations basketball camp in LA. For the first two and a half days, nearly 30 collegiate camp counselors were split into 4 teams and played a round robin tournament. Due to injury and early departures, my team was down to 4 people for our final game. They told us they had a replacement for us, but they had not mentioned who.
Earlier in the day, Tracy McGrady came to one of our meals to talk to the players about his journey and his career. It was very interesting stuff. After he was done, we all just assumed he left. That was, of course, until he showed up on the court in full basketball gear. Im gonna be honest, I went a little crazy.
TMAC was my childhood idol. I wore #1 because of him. I got his new shoes every year for christmas. I watched most of his games. I was amazed by some of the things he could do on the basketball court. And now it was my chance to play with him.
It was an awesome experience. Obviously he is retired from the NBA now and doesn't have the flash and flare that he used to, but it was cool nonetheless. All the people were surrounding our court to watch him play. On 2 separate occasions he found me open for a dunk. He gave us all advice and coached us along the way. Like I said, it was an awesome experience.
Also, I would be mad at myself if I didn't at least mention this. The assistant coach on our team was an NBA legend that went by the nickname the Mad Dog. If you don't remember who he is or who he played for, here is a video to remind you. And yes, the man speaking spanish and dancing around to jump around in the video is representative of his personality. Awesome guy to be around, and awesome guy to have as a coach for a weekend.