Sunday, November 29, 2009

Inside Puerto Rico Basketball, Lets Go!

November 29. 2009-San Juan

We are finally online! Its been a long time coming and there is so much to talk about. I mean this is Puerto Rico right. 40,000 kids playing locally, over 100 Boricua in the states playing college ball, 20+ pro players overseas and ofcourse Arroyo and Barea. We are going to give it to you from all angles.

Lets start at the youth level. The kids are the future right? Who is giving you info on the nicest clubs, teams, coaches and players? Who is really putting in work? We will give you weekly updates on all of that. We've got to address the youth development movement. Is it local or do clubs need to take their show on the road to develop Puerto Rico's best talent? I'll get both sides of the argument from insiders and then you decide. Team Canada has introduced a youth development model and it showed this summer at the FIBA qualifying event. Playing on 8.5 ft baskets at 10 and 11 years old is hurting the development of our best players. Lets get both sides of the argument and see which really makes sense.

I got my guys, Mike Rosario and Jio Fontan giving us an update on college life and the start of the season. We are going talk about what life is like in college and the sacrifices they made to get where they are. Plus, they are gonna share with us what it was like to carry the 19U team. Lets be clear, they carried that squad all summer, I said it, they didn't, but a lot of really good players from that team simply didn't show up. The lights get bright and both Mike and Jio are built for that.

We are going to check in with the greatest pure jump shooter Puerto Rico has ever produced. Larry Ayuso aka L Boogie aka In your face for 3. He had a great summer, recently got married and is gearing up to play for Aricebo with Bonzi and Fizer. He has a lot on his mind and this could be his last cycle playing with the National Team. Plus if I am lucky, we are going to play a game of h-o-r-s-e. I had a dream the other night and sometimes dreams come true so lets take it to court and see what I can do.

I'm getting close to being 40 years old so out of respect for my peers and to make sure the the young boys know their history we've got to chop it up with Puerto Rico's version of Stockton and Malone. Carter and Mincy may be the best PG/PF combo PR has ever produced. We are going to talk about the state of the game, success at the international level and the overseas movement of elite players from the states. Mincy and Carter live and direct. Lets go!

So there it is. Ayuso, Mincy, True Carter, Rosario, Fontan and a whole lot more. Inside Puerto Rico Basketball is exactly that. We getting that access other guys dream about. This is more than stats and game scores, its about being inside. Get your daily fix of all things basketball in Puerto Rico and a whole lot more.

Hold up, wait. How can we be serious and not provide an update on "the answer". AI is coming back. No question about it. But that is not the story. It really is more then that. Stay tuned for more on AI as the question needs answering.