The Olympic Games have finally opened, despite the frustrations, the issues and concerns from some sectors. The trepidations remain, but the Japanese – known for their resilient and mature ways – are stepping up to the plate to take a bat for all of humanity. Japan, once viewed as a villain with its greedy ambitions in World War II, is now taking the cudgels for the world.
For his loyalty, his single-mindedness, his strong belief that he could overcome all adversities, and his dedication to the trade, he is now on top of the world. Hail to the new King of the Cage Kingdom!
The Bucks are now just a game away from the NBA crown. The crucial Game 6 will be held in their home arena at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. The momentum has changed hands now. It is now with the Bucks, as they gallop toward the finish line. Which team will respond with a greater sense of urgency? Which team will execute their offense and defense patterns successfully? Which team will the cage gods bless?
During the last FIBA World Cup in 2019 held in China, Team USA placed a humiliating 7th! This pre-Olympics, they have – for the first time ever – suffered 2 consecutive losses. There is now the sinking realization that if they still do not understand the sense of urgency, if they do not have the right mental attitude, if they do not imbibe and totally buy-in to the team philosophy provided by Coach Pop, then they could be beat.
The Finals. Bucks have the height and heft, Suns have the speed and skills. Who will the gods favor? Methinks the path has been cleared by the gods in favor of the Suns since the start of the playoffs.
Injuries have become the main catalyst in this year’s playoffs. The team that is less affected by the health bug will win it all. Action has been exciting nonetheless, with coaches showing audacity and great creativity in reacting to the stars’ absence. New faces and new moves were in full display in the playoffs.