Monday, January 5, 2015

Max's Chinese basketball career

I'm trying to keep some semblance of order to my recording and get to the end of China before I jump into Christmas and New Years, so here we go...

Max started and ended his high school basketball career in Shanghai.
...and we all ate it up.  So fun to watch.

SMIC had a pretty good team.  There was a lot of height and speed involved, as well as some great coaches.

The scoreboard looked like this on most games:
 ...and the girls looked like this:
(trying to finish all their homework)

I loved that Max got to know these kids and that he got to branch out from volleyball a little bit (he couldn't play volleyball there due to eligibility stuff and he hasn't played much basketball so this was just the right speed for him).

It was kind of funny because Max somehow kind of had his own little cheering section.

Maybe it's because I'm his Mom, but it seemed to me like the energy in the gym went up a few notches when he was in the game.  He even did some things that had the crowd laughing like this jump ball at the beginning of one of the games:

The other kid took one look at Max and I guess decided he would just save his energy.

My favorite game was the one where he made 27 points.

Fun times.

So grateful for the guidance and encouragement of these great coaches:
...and these boys and the experience Max gained from being on that team.


  1. What a fun opportunity and memory he will have forever.

  2. Maybe he will take after Uncle Tal!!!!

  3. Seems like he had fun! It did make me laugh when you typed "and the girls looked like this" haha!

  4. Have you come up with your "word" for the year yet? I read through your past posts about having a word for the year and was inspired, to find my own word for the year. 2014 was hard. 2015 will be my year to "strive". Thank you for your inspiration.

  5. I am a high school basketball mom and I LOVE it!
    I wish we had positive coaching for our boys here. It is sometimes difficult for me to watch the negativity. I am glad Max had such a great experience playing ball. And 27 pts. WOW! That's great! My son's PR is 22. He has a goal to improve with each game. I keep my own stats and when I see he is about to break his last PR, I get giddy with excitement. I'm sure people think I'm crazy- but it is so much fun for me (even though our team gets creamed every game). It is amazing that Max had the time to play basketball with the heavy load of school work too. Way to go Max! That is awesome. -Lisa

  6. I would like to add as Larry Bird says,"Practice habits were crucial to my development in basketball.I didn’t play against the toughest competition in high school,but one reason I was able to do well in college was that I mastered the fundamentals.You’ve got to have them down before you can even think about playing."
    Basketball book


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