BALLER OF THE WEEK

[**The following is an excerpt from the Jacksonville 2016
Masters article posted in January 2016.] 
 
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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages...
I would like to take this time to introduce to you
our "Baller of the Week"....[Drumroll Please!]....
Mr. Garth Stam
 
 
I observed the game intensity, and competitiveness
in Jacksonville, and I was impressed with the general
level of play.  It was a notch above just about everywhere
we've been to in the last few years.  The contest were athletic
battles, below the rim, right on up the oldest division,
the age 80+ Group.  From this moment on I'm going to
begin to refer to this brave and illustrious group as
"The Grand Masters."

We spoke to one of these veteran upperclassman  
on campus that goes by the name of Garth Stam,
who confidently stands at 6 foot 7 inches, and is
also known as "G-Money." Mr. Stam gave me
the impression that he was a warm, reserved man,
who used his precious words judiciously...Not
wasting unnecessary syllables, or breaths to get
his point across.  He told us that he had to
compete against "the young guys" who were
seventy-five years old. Garth mentioned that he
always played basketball, and that he tried out and
made his high school team at Brighton HS in
Rochester, NY. in the 1940's.

 Big Garth Stam on defense in 
Houston Senior Games 2011

He confesses that he didn't get much playing
time, as he slowly began to improve his
performance on the court. Then he was off, and
on the long road to college.  This hometown boy
didn't venture very far. He attended the Robert
Wesleyan College, which happens to also be
in Rochester, NY.  He played his four years
of college basketball, and he says
enthusiastically, "I had a good time." G-Money
graduated from there in 1953.  I wasn't even
born in '53.  I wasn't even a twinkle in my
father's eyes in '53.  He then coached a number
of years at Oneonta College, to which he
exclaims, "That was terrific!"  He then continued
his studies at Brockport College studying history
and Physical Education. Via phone, in the middle
of all of Garth's exuberance, we asked him simply,
"Why do you play basketball?" He paused for a
moment and set his feet and says, "I play because
it's become a habit.  And it hasn't gotten to the
point where I cannot play."  Mr. Stam takes a
deep breath, "I continue to play so I remain active.
I enjoy it [playing]. Terrific game, you meet
people...become friends, you get to see them at
the various events...Senior basketball, National
Senior Games, and Jacksonville Masters.

Garth Stam's hometown Rochester, NY

We asked G.S. what was his advice to anyone
looking to come out of playing retirement
to participate in Masters basketball competition? 
His answer was priceless, and as quick as his
patented release of his hook-shot, "Make
sure you come out of basketball retirement
before you hit eighty [80], because after age
eighty things don't work that great."  Thank
you Mr. Stam, we appreciate you ,and your
eighty plus years of Hoops and Culture. 
God bless you and we hope to see you soon.
Who is Garth Stam?

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Introducing Yi Jianlian

[Known as the Chinese Michael Jordan] Yi Jianlian Highlights

 
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yi.
He is the highest paid player in the 
Yi Jianlian Wizards 2.jpg[CBA] Chinese Basketball Association
 He has played with several NBA teams before he
returned to China to 
dominate play. 

Yi Jianlian NBA Highlights 

Yi Jianlian


易建联
Yi Jianlian game vs Bobcats- 29 Points/10 Rebounds

 
 
 How much does Yi Jianlian make a year?

 

 
 
 
 
 



No. 9 – Guangdong Southern Tigers
Position Power forward
League Chinese Basketball Association
Personal information
Born October 27, 1987 (age 27)
Heshan, Guangdong, China
Nationality Chinese
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 238 lb (108 kg)
Career information
College Guangdong University of Technology (2003–2007)
NBA draft 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Pro career 2002–present
Career history
2002–2007 Guangdong Southern Tigers
2007–2008 Milwaukee Bucks
2008–2010 New Jersey Nets
2010–2011 Washington Wizards
2011 Guangdong Southern Tigers
2012 Dallas Mavericks
2012 Texas Legends
2012–present Guangdong Southern Tigers
Career highlights and awards

Yi Jianlian
Traditional Chinese 易建聯
Simplified Chinese 易建联
Yi Jianlian (Chinese: 易建联; pinyin: Yì Jiànlián,born October 27, 1987) is a Chinese basketball player who currently plays for Guangdong Southern Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association. He has also played in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets, Washington Wizards, and Dallas Mavericks.

YI Highlights from the Chinese Basketball Association


Yi joined the Guangdong Southern Tigers in 2002 and subsequently won the Rookie of the Year award. In five years with Guangdong, he won three CBA titles, and also played with the Chinese national basketball team in the 2004 Summer Olympics and the 2006 FIBA World Championship. In the 2007 NBA draft, he was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks as the sixth overall pick. Initially, Yi declined to sign with Milwaukee for several months before agreeing to a contract with them on 29 August 2007. He played in the NBA for several teams until 2012 when he returned to the Guangdong Southern Tigers.

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Cal Dilworth aka Captain D



Captain D [83 Years Young] steps confidently into the gym, 
game bag in hand. He surveys the entire large arena with a 
quick, sweeping glance. There is a game in progress, whistles 
blare, the assembled crowd buzzes and before he can take 
two legal steps into the lane he hears, "Cal!  Cal Dilworth 
over here!" or '"How you doing Cal?"..."Hey Captain!
What time is your game?"  He moves through the room,
making short conversational stops, while pressing flesh
and waving to the people like a presidential candidate. Cal 
Dilworth is a baller. This pre-game ritual takes place all over 
the country...Buffalo, NY, St. George, Utah, Coral Springs, 
Florida, Ohio, or in his home town of Detroit, Michigan, 
etc...etc.  Quite a popular man in this gray and white 
basketball network.  Not surprising for a man who for 
years has been an organizer and activist for community 
sports, education and recreation.  
 http://hoophistorians.com/cal-dilworth.htm 

"Cal is the the retired director of Detroit's Master's Sports and Recreation Program, a group he founded at age 50 and managed for twenty years."  Dilworth played with every Harlem basketball team from the Ambassadors to the Wizards from 1957-1966...Dilworth has been 
inducted into five different Hall of Fames and is 
the sponsor to an Endowed Basketball 
Scholarship at Wayne State University.  Cal 
has been a 28-year member of the National 
Association of Basketball Coaches and 
has attended every Final Four since 1989."

What can be said about a baller with a with a basketball 
resume that spans over seven decades?  He's played on every level...Community Youth, High School, College, Barnstorming, 
Semi-Pro, Professional, Adult Recreational, Age 35 & 
Over, 40 & Over, 50 & Over, 65 & Over, 75 & Over, 
& now Age 80 & Over.  Mr. Dilworth is the author
of an inspirational and at times humorous book
named Cal Dilworth's 3 Point Attack, 
Basketball Fundamentals-A lifetime 
sport...just for the health of it!   

Not only is the book a step by step account of how to 
play the game of basketball, it has many lessons on 
how to play and win in the game of life.  On or off the 
court this road warrior, with the large sweeping smile,
can be a hard man to catch up with.  We were 
fortunate enough to trap him on the baseline, 
by phone, for the following insightful interview.

               

NYDLBALL.com: So Mr. Dilworth, How did you do in 
your last competition and what is the name of your team? 

Mr. CD: One of the teams I play on is called the "Oldies But
Goodies" we live in different states, Michigan, Georgia,
Ohio...So we train [on our own] until the next 80 and 
Over tournament.  I also play with the Detroit 
Ambassadors. Sometimes, it's hard to find a team 
to play against, so we have to play against the young 
guys who are 75 years old or younger. When we played 
against the 65 year olds they killed us.  But, we held our 
own against the 75 years old teams.  We even beat one of them.

NYDLBALL.com: Where are you originally from and are
any of your childhood friends still playing ball?

Mr. CD: Well I'm originally from the Pittsburg area, that's
where I grew up and learned how to play basketball, 
baseball and football with my friends.  What friends I do
have from years ago call me crazy when I tell them I'm
still playing.  Some of them don't even believe me, because
they've stopped playing ball a long time ago.

NYDLBALL.com:  So in closing, Mr. Dilworth...It's always
great to talk with you, we learn so much.  Why do you 
continue to play and how competitive does it get out there?   

Mr. CD: There are benefits for staying active.  It keeps your
body healthier.  Every time I step onto the floor I want to win.
You just have to remember that you are there to have fun.
The other benefit is that I get a chance to see old friends and
I get a chance to make new ones.

NYDLBALL.com:  God Bless Mr. Cal Dilworth, a true
Master of the Game, and Congratulations on being an
80-Plus active player, and our first Baller of the Week.
 

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