Cary, NC — The Tobacco Road Basketball League has announced that Ed Gawf, Cary’s first Downtown Manager, has accepted the Tobacco Road Basketball League’s offer to serve as Commissioner, effective immediately. Read more
Cary, NC — Three Cary teams have notched significant victories this month. Read more
Cary, NC — March Madness is long gone, and the NBA Finals ended with a sputter. But Saturday night at 6:30, the Cary Invasion face arch-rivals Bull City Legacy for the Tobacco Road Basketball League (TRBL) championship. Read more
Cary, NC — Panther Creek Senior Nubian Spann had never dunked in a game before Friday night. His first official jam made it onto ESPN’s Top 10. Read more
Cary, NC — The Cary Invasion, Cary’s own professional basketball team will host their first home game on Saturday, January 18, 2014. Read more
Morrisville, NC — For one night only, Linsanity is coming to Park Place in Morrisville on Thursday, October 24, 2013. Get tickets now.
The Linsanity Story
Linsanity tells the story of Jeremy Lin, a third-string player for the New York Knicks who lit up the NBA over the course of a dazzling month in late winter of 2012.
It’s a great sports story and, most remarkably, all true. In January, Lin was sleeping on a relative’s couch. In February, he was going toe-to-toe with 15-time All-Star Kobe Bryant and sending the Lakers home in defeat.
But there was more. Lin was a graduate of Harvard. The last guy from Harvard to play in the NBA was Ed Smith in 1954, according to Basketball-Reference.com.
And, Lin is Chinese-American. Basketball has become big business in China, with elite players like Yao Ming making the jump to the NBA. But Chinese-Americans? Not so much. Lin’s success was avidly followed in China and across Chinese ex-pat communities.
As a Knicks fan, I was all over Linsanity from the very beginning. But it quickly spread like a wave across the U.S. and around the world.
What was Jeremy Lin’s game like during that period? Electrifying, crazy, sometimes sloppy. He’d dive to the hole, hit an impossible three and then turn it over. But his energy and passion lifted an injured team to a string of remarkable victories.
A cartoon by my friend Joe Petruccio that appeared on KnicksNow captured the spirit of the moment.
Soon enough, the stars came back, Lin got his own injury and he was traded to the Houston Rockets after the 2012 season. The Rockets have been in rebuild mode, adding James Hardin at shooting guard and, most recently, Dwight Howard at center. If the Rockets can pull together around their own “Big Three,” we might see Jeremy Lin on ESPN again in 2013-2014.
In the meantime, go see Linsanity on October 24 if you like a good sports underdog story. It’s an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival.
I’ll be there, wearing my Knick shirt.
Get a taste for Linsanity with this trailer or see it on YouTube.
Carmike Park Place
Thursday, October 24, 2013
7:00 pm – 9:03 pm
Cary, NC — As if things couldn’t get any better at the Cary Y, Youth Basketball prices have been rolled back more than 33% this season. Registration is open now through September 20.
Youth Basketball: Game On
Youth sports build character, strength, agility, teamwork and confidence. The Cary Y runs an incredible number of programs for children of all ages and needs. It’s a wholesome and professionally run atmosphere for kids.
But youth sports shouldn’t be the privilege of the fortunate few. In that spirit, The Cary Y has rolled back the cost of you basketball by more than 33% for members and non-members. There’s even financial assistance for the most needy.
From the Cary Y:
Age, grade and skill level determine team assignments. Volunteers coach our teams, and all kids play. All YMCA sports leagues emphasize teamwork and fair play.
Registration is open for the Fall 2013 season. Register by September 20, 2013.
Youth Basketball in Action
Here’s a fun video from the Y that shows the diversity and range of the program in one minute.
Cary Y Youth Basketball
- Grades 7-8 (Boys)
- Grades 5-6 (Boys)
- Grades 3-4 (Boys)
- Grades 5-8 (Girls)
- Grades 3-4 (Girls)
- Grades 1-2 (Coed)
- Kindergarten Development
- Pre-K Development (Ages 3-4)
- Starts Sept. 23, 2013
- $69 (Was $92) (Member)
- $80 (Was $107) (Participant)
Financial assistance is available.
To register, you have to go to the Cary Y at 101 YMCA Drive. No online registration is available.
Registration ends Sept. 20, 2013. For more information, visit http://www.ymcatriangle.org/programs-services/sports/youth-basketball/cary-family-ymca.
Picture from Cary YMCA.