NBA Draft Notes

Written by Seth Berkman

Ifrepparttar 2004-05 season ended five days ago withrepparttar 146577 Spurs regainingrepparttar 146578 crown, thenrepparttar 146579 2005-06 campaign unofficially began last night withrepparttar 146580 58th annual NBA Draft, held at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden. was there, with notes on what its like to experiencerepparttar 146581 draft first hand.

7:00-repparttar 146582 gates open outside MSG, (if you’ve never been, most fans enter near Penn Station on 7th Avenue and its unlike entering any other arena. While you can seerepparttar 146583 arena’s structure fromrepparttar 146584 outside, when you walk in its almost as if you are entering a stadium inside of a building.) The Knick City Dancers greet fans with sweatbands and towels- as a diehard Nets fan, I promptly wiperepparttar 146585 sweat from my brow all overrepparttar 146586 orange and blue Knicks logo.

7:02- Asrepparttar 146587 crowd begins to enter,repparttar 146588 talk amongrepparttar 146589 predominately Knick contingency voices their overwhelming affection for Channing Frye. Some Illinois fans are seen as well as a large contingent of Syracuse enthusiasts- there is only so much orange one person can take.

7:05- After walking throughrepparttar 146590 lobby and towardsrepparttar 146591 Theatre, which is separate from MSG itself,repparttar 146592 NBA shows that even inrepparttar 146593 off-seasonrepparttar 146594 marketing and draining of millions of corporate dollars doesn’t stop, as fans are given War ofrepparttar 146595 World T-shirts and posters and handheld radios compliments of AMEX.

7:07- Arriving in my seat inrepparttar 146596 300 section, I notice thatrepparttar 146597 overly priced ticket I bought is in prime location, dead center and not too far back. I also learn after riding on a train in from Jersey forrepparttar 146598 past few hours, that Utah has swapped picks with Portland. The fans next to me start exclaiming that they must be going after Deron Williams of Illinois...we’ll see. (We also found out Jiri Welsch was traded to Milwaukee, but no one seems to care). One thing you notice aboutrepparttar 146599 setup ofrepparttar 146600 area is thatrepparttar 146601 "green room," which sometimes appears to be backstage or in an off location is actually right down byrepparttar 146602 front ofrepparttar 146603 stage by allrepparttar 146604 fans. ESPN’s NBA shootaround crew are stationed torepparttar 146605 left ofrepparttar 146606 stage, with Stuart Scott’s interview zone behind them.

7:10- Uber-Knick fan Spike Lee makes his way throughrepparttar 146607 crowd to applause. He seems focused on thinking of new targets to yell at withrepparttar 146608 retirement of Reggie Miller.

7:10-7:30- I notice that even afterrepparttar 146609 season lets out, everyone loves to rock a jersey. Some ofrepparttar 146610 more notable replicas seen; Bryant Reeves (Grizzlies), Darko Milicic (Pistons), Patrick Ewing (Georgetown), Jameer Nelson (Magic) and of course only in New York, a Mike Sweetney jersey.

7:30- David Stern walks out to a loud chorus of boos and some cheers. One thing you can’t tell on television is how loud and raucous a crowd is at a draft

1st Pick- Andrew Bogut is announced, some fans start a chant of Sam Bowie. The two or three Bucks fans in attendance seem pleased.

2nd Pick- Marvin Williams. Big ovation fromrepparttar 146611 crowd, asrepparttar 146612 Carolina fans in attendance; family, alumni and those onrepparttar 146613 bandwagon go crazy.

3rd Pick- Deron Williams. The obvious choice to runrepparttar 146614 Jazz is greeted warmly, but some fans yell thatrepparttar 146615 second coming of Stockton, he is not.

4th Pick- Chris Paul. Loud ovation for another ACC star, some ofrepparttar 146616 Carolina contingent begin to chant, "Overrated!" Dick Vitale is shown onrepparttar 146617 screen, beginning his annual spiel of how this kid who went to college will excel atrepparttar 146618 next level.

5th Pick- Raymond Felton. The crowd once again goes wild as that makes two UNC players inrepparttar 146619 top 5. Almost 25 family and friends of Felton are sitting behind me, ecstatic that their boy will be staying inrepparttar 146620 Tar Heel state...and probablyrepparttar 146621 fact that they’ll get to meet Nelly now.

6th Pick- Martell Webster. The first surprise pick, a lot of people didn’t expect Webster to go this high. I notice in between picks that onrepparttar 146622 ESPN studio setup, nobody seems to notice that Jay Bilas is there. Stephen A. Smith, Greg Anthony, Mike Tirico, they all converse in between picks, but Bilas just sits there with his hands folded.

7th Pick- Charlie Villanueva. Another first round shocker,repparttar 146623 UConn faithful applaud loudly. Right afterrepparttar 146624 6-11 forward exits stage left,repparttar 146625 hype begins forrepparttar 146626 Knicks selection.

8th Pick-Before Stern walks out,repparttar 146627 crowd is loudrepparttar 146628 entire five minutes leading up torepparttar 146629 selection. A lot of "Gerald Green" chants go around, followed by some "Channing Frye" uprisings. The buzz continues asrepparttar 146630 Commish steps torepparttar 146631 podium, then all of a sudden, like a Roman emperor speaking to a crowd, there is a complete silence with everyone standing on their feet, then Frye’s name is called to a mostly warm reaction.

9th Pick- Ike Diogu is picked, there are a lot of shocked fans inrepparttar 146632 crowd. Some of it is because they didn’t expect him to go so high (I personally am upset because I wanted to see him in a Net uniform),repparttar 146633 rest is probably because supposed top 5 pick Gerald Green is still onrepparttar 146634 board.

10th Pick- The Laker fans next to me begin a "Gerald Green" chant of their own. One of them has been talking fromrepparttar 146635 beginning how he wished Green would be available...and now he is. (If you’ve never been to a draft, I say that any real NBA fan who lives inrepparttar 146636 area MUST go. It’s a few hundred people who all have a deep passion and knowledge of basketball and who talk nothing but hoops for four hours.) Andrew Bynum is selected and there is a sense of confusion byrepparttar 146637 crowd, butrepparttar 146638 Laker fans next to me heads drop in dismay as their buddies laugh at them. I wonder where Kobe is at this moment?

11th Pick- One thing I notice, I don’t know if they showed a clock onrepparttar 146639 screen at home, butrepparttar 146640 one aboverepparttar 146641 draft board, it always goes to 0:00 and then it takes another minute or so, or whenever Stephen A. Smith stops talking, for them to go torepparttar 146642 next pick. Fran Vazquez isrepparttar 146643 pick andrepparttar 146644 confusing looks continue throughrepparttar 146645 crowd.

“How to Develop More Consistency in the Golf Swing”

Written by Sean Cochran

Imagine every one of your shots inrepparttar middle ofrepparttar 146576 fairway, every chip two feet fromrepparttar 146577 hole, and every putt nailingrepparttar 146578 center ofrepparttar 146579 cup. Well, maybe some of us dream of never having to ever putt and each approach shot goes intorepparttar 146580 hole, but I think you getrepparttar 146581 picture. A consistent swing is probably what many golfers dream of when our heads hitrepparttar 146582 pillow.

The majority of us are aware that golf is a game that requires consistent shot making to be successful (and have fun). If we are hooking, slicing, and hitting our wedges fat, it can really start to get frustrating. Consistency is key to hitting a low score and enjoyingrepparttar 146583 game. So how do we get there?

First, let us do a little review ofrepparttar 146584 golf swing. To hitrepparttar 146585 ball squarely onrepparttar 146586 center ofrepparttar 146587 club head you must takerepparttar 146588 club throughrepparttar 146589 proper swing path. A proper swing path will allowrepparttar 146590 club to align itself correctly withrepparttar 146591 ball to hitrepparttar 146592 shot you are trying to hit. For more advanced players this could be inrepparttar 146593 form of a draw, fade, cut, or some other variation. Higher handicappers will be happy with just plain old straight shots. Anyway, this process begins with your address, moves through your take away, intorepparttar 146594 back swing, ontorepparttar 146595 transition between back swing and down swing, into contact, and finishes withrepparttar 146596 follow through.

Quite a complex sequence of events forrepparttar 146597 body to perform! And we all know that if our timing is slightly off, or we are just a little off mechanically, disaster isrepparttar 146598 result.

Knowing that a consistent swing requiresrepparttar 146599 execution of these complex moves over and over again is quite mind-blowing. But let’s get back to our question: how do we develop a consistent golf swing? The answer is two-fold, and I imagine most golfers are aware ofrepparttar 146600 first point but probably only a few are aware ofrepparttar 146601 second. The keys to a consistent swing are: 1) efficient golf swing mechanics and 2)repparttar 146602 body. Got it? Good, now I can stop writing this article and all of us can become scratch golfers, right? Well, not exactly, and I imagine some of you are saying, “I already know all this stuff.” Others may be quite intrigued. Regardless of which category you fall into, let me expand on each of these topics a little.

Golf Swing Mechanics

Golf Swing mechanics is probablyrepparttar 146603 easier ofrepparttar 146604 two areas to understand. It isrepparttar 146605 reason why we take golf lessons and practice so much atrepparttar 146606 range. Beginning at address, moving through allrepparttar 146607 stages ofrepparttar 146608 golf swing, and finishing withrepparttar 146609 follow through,repparttar 146610 body is required to move through a specific sequence of movements to performrepparttar 146611 golf swing correctly. Ifrepparttar 146612 body does not move through this sequence properly thenrepparttar 146613 result will be a poor, inefficient and awkward looking swing. Over time, a poor swing results in poor consistency (every once in awhile you hit a good shot regardless of your swing, that’s what keeps us coming back for more). An easy example of this is when you “come overrepparttar 146614 top” withrepparttar 146615 club. This usually results in a slice (I know, easy thing to do and very hard to correct).

In addition torepparttar 146616 body performing an intricate number of biomechanical movements inrepparttar 146617 golf swing, timing of these movements is critical for you to hitrepparttar 146618 ball successfully. Each and every biomechanical movement withinrepparttar 146619 golf swing has a certain sequence and timing. If they are not performed inrepparttar 146620 correct order or timing, thenrepparttar 146621 golf swing will not be efficient. Poor timing results in those wonderful slices, snap hooks, chili dips and toppingrepparttar 146622 ball that we know all too well.

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