Warming up for the FIBA World Championships
Ok, I can admit that basketball is my favorite sport to shoot. Despite my vertically challenged genetics, I played organized basketball well into my 30s. Its one of those games I know instinctively. Perhaps, the one year I coached, or the 5 years I spent as a high school referee, helps to solidify my love of a game I've known since I was little.
Today, I get the luxury of plopping myself down on the baseline of an NBA court and have an unobstructed view (except for ref butt that gets in the way every now and again) of the premiere players. But, believe it or not, I continue to be a huge college (US) fan and devoutly followed The Final Four before everyone started calling it March Madness.
So tonight's assignment to cover the Canada Vs. France exhibition warm-up for the upcoming FIBA World Championships (starting in two weeks in Turkey) was one I happily welcomed. The game on the World stage isn't quite as "clean" or "smooth" as a game in the NBA. They tend to be a bit cruder and a little rougher which makes the plays a bit less predictable - which for photography is always a good thing. There is more scrappy play and scrambles which lend themselves to good pictures. Broken plays also make for nice images.
Tonight's match was a bit sloppy, but Canada did win 69-58. They match up again Friday night at the Air Canada Centre and by the size of the crowd at tonight's game, it should be easy to fall into a seat should you want to.
Canada's Robert Sacre gets an arm full of Boris Diaw
Edwin Jackson of France saves a ball from going out of bounds during a pre World Tournament basketball matchup between Canada and France
Canada's Jermaine Bucknor wraps up the ball while on the floor and keeping it away from Alain Koffi
Frances' Ali Traore fouls Robert Sacre during a pre World Tournament basketball matchup
Robert Sacre gets pinned in by Lombahe-Kahudi and Boris Diaw
Canada's Joel Anthony goes baseline against Alexis Ajinca of France