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BASKETBALL-NOT THE GAME I NEW AT HARBORD COLLEGIATE

Is there anybody in Canada not watching the Toronto Raptors play the Golden State Warriors? In the last two weeks, as a confirmed tennis fan and former player, I have been watching basketball, and I will be honest with you I never watch basketball on T.V. But the fact that our Toronto team is in the N.B.A. finals against a very well known team from California, I was hooked in.  Toronto would be  the first non-American to have  won at the NBA. Toronto leads 3 games to 2 and the first team to reach 4 wins the championship. Yesterday the Raptors lost and the series goes back to California for game 6 and back to Toronto, if necessary for game 7. I sincerely hope the Raptors don`t have to come back.

But aside from the excitement throughout Canada shown by the thousands of fans who are in Jurassic Parks all across Canada, not even in Toronto, who watch the games on a massive big screen without chairs and no roof over their heads, who are outside the stadium ,where the game is played in Toronto and of course in the Jurassic Parks throughout our great country, the excitement is palpable. I was at the ball park when the Blue Jays won the world series and the excitement did not reach these proportions But enough about the excitement .What has happened to the game I used to watch at my high School Harbord Collegiate Institute (HCI).

An explanation is in order. I am 88 years old and I watched basketball from 1945-1950 at HCI. The game is completely different, much more physical now. When I was watching at HCI you tried to avoid physical contact with the opposition, because if you did your opponents would get penalty shots and every player could only be charged with 5 penalties  charged against yourself, or you would be out of the game. The game now is a great deal of pushing and shoving that in my high school days would have created penalty shots for your opponents . You had to bounce the basketball to approach the opponents basket, but it appears to me there is more running, not bouncing the ball, which would be called, “travelling” and if you did that you would lose what they called “possession” of the ball, which would allow your opponents to try and get a shot in your basket. A penalty shot gives the team one point, a basket from a running play 2 points but the big change is a basket from far away which give 3 points. I cannot believe how accurate the players are to shoot baskets for 3 points from such a distance. The 3 pointer is completely new.

I have to admit I enjoyed the game immensely and the players are much more talented than when I watched, on occasion, a professional team play or at my high school. Their movements are so devious that you never really know, as a spectator, what they are going to do with the ball and as they move down the court, it seems to me  they never stop. Football and hockey had a lot of physical contact because it sold tickets. Basketball has gone in that direction.

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Name: Murray Rubin

Short Bio: I was born in Toronto in 1931 to a wonderful mother who divorced shortly before my birth. I owe a great deal of my success to her. I am Jewish but not at all religious, yet my culture plays an important part of my personality. I attended Harbord Collegiate and U. of T. Faculty of Pharmacy. A unique mail-order pharmacy was the first of my endeavours in the profession, followed by many stores throughout Ontario. I have a loving wife, 3 children and grand-children and I am now retired from pharmacy. But what do I write about? Everything! My topics are funny, serious, whimsical, timely, outrageous, inspiring, and inventive. I promise that if you take the time to read any one of these topics – you will not be sorry.

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