Monday, February 3, 2014

Diary Of A Baller: Atiba Taylor Jr. (Hackensack, NJ) Entry #10

What’s up this is Atiba Taylor Jr. reporting back with another basketball diary entry. 

Monday was a regular day at school just work and more work Lol. At the end of the week the marking period will be over so I had to make sure I was up to date with all my assignments. After school my Dad took me to workout at the gym no basketball just strengthening and conditioning stuff. I ran on the treadmill for 30 minutes, which was hard because I didn’t have any music, so my run seemed way longer. After my run I did my pull-ups, dips, resistant band workouts, and sit-ups. I really try to focus on doing all my workouts slow and steady to get the best results. 

Tuesday I was back in the gym but it wasn’t fun. My Dad made me take my first Yoga class and it was very frustrating. The gym doesn’t offer beginner classes so they jumped right into the tough stuff. It was hard trying to get my body to do things that I’ve never tried before. Yoga is definitely something you must do consistently to get good at it. After Yoga I did my normal four sets of pull-ups and dips. The funny thing that happened, the rapper Jim Jones was in the gym playing basketball and it was funny to watch. He seemed to be real cool he wasn’t trying to be all Hollywood he was just ballin. 

Wednesday night my Dad and I went to the St. Anthony’s vs. Roselle game at St. Peters College in Jersey City. The gym was packed and there were a few noticeable college coaches in the building too. The game started off good for Roselle but then St. Anthony’s turned the game around pretty quick. Even though Roselle lost the game it was still exciting to watch. So as we’re walking to the car in the freezing cold my Dad’s car got booted and he was tight Lol. I wanted to laugh a little bit but I know how he gets, he would have spazzed on me Lol. He had to pay $110 to get the boot off plus a $42 ticket too. I guess you need a permit to part in Jersey City because that’s what the ticket was for. Twenty minutes later they came to take off the boot then we went home. 

Thursday night my team had practice so we went hard getting prepared for this Clash Of The Cup Tournament. After practice Luther and I just sat around with the coaches talking about trips and all the great Sports-U players that received basketball scholarships like Karl Townes, Josh Brown, Hallice Cook, Eli Carter, and much more and how they paved the way for us now. The stories Coach B. and Coach Seth were telling us was funny, we didn’t leave the gym until 11:30pm.  
Friday night was my chill day so I did nothing after school pretty much just slept the night away. Saturday we had practice did a lot of skill work, strategy stuff, and then we had a controlled scrimmaged. The difference with last years team and this years team is that we have 10 plus players in the gym at all times so it makes it easier to run our stuff and with the talent in the gym it’s always competitive and it wasn’t like that last year. I know this will have us more than ready for tournaments. 

Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday and we’re at practice getting it in. After practice I went home and got ready for the football game, the Seahawk’s did the Bronco’s dirty Lol. Even though the game was a blowout it was still exciting to watch because there were so many great plays in the game. The Seahawk’s proved that defense wins games and if my team plays defense like Seattle we’ll win The Clash. 

 Until next week… 
Atiba Taylor Jr. #SupremeTeam #TeamIzod