People may not know this about my basketball fandom, but I love a good rookie. I watch them on draft night, choose them for my fantasy teams, and read David Thorpe’s rookie report and weekly rankings to see how this year’s crop is performing. I figure that tomorrow’s best players are today’s rookies and watching them learn, grow, and mature as players is one of the things I enjoy most about basketball.
And while I’m high on the two Lakers’ rooks, Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks, this isn’t really about them right now. They’re bit players on this current team and even though I think they’ve got very good chances of developing into contributors that can make an impact, they’re both probably a year or two away from cracking the rotation on a contending team like the Lakers.
Instead, this is about John Wall and your chance to see him in action next Tuesday, December 7th when the Wizards make their one and only visit to Staples to play the Lakers. Thanks to the good folks at StubHub*, Forum Blue & Gold is giving away two tickets to the game so you can see Wall (and Arenas and the rest of the Wiz) in action and marvel at some of the things that he can do on the court (and I don’t mean doing the Dougie). (For those wondering, the tickets are in section 107, row M at the Staples Center. Pretty good ducats, I’d say.)
Winning the tickets is easy. All you have to do is tell us about your favorite moment from a rookie in NBA history. Just go into the comments of this post and relay what rookie moment you’ve found most memorable and why. The staff here at FB&G will read them, group the best of them, and then randomly select the winner. That person will win the tickets**. If you’d like to know mine, it has to do with a young man from Michigan State who played a pretty good game in the playoffs against Philly, but that’s just me. Surely you have your own moment that you’ve found to be classic or character building or truly memorable that you’d like to share. So, comment away and we’ll announce the winner in the next couple of days. Good luck to all!
*A truly special thanks to StubHub for providing these tickets. If you’re ever looking for tickets for a Lakers game, you can click on the link in right hand side bar. Or if you’re looking for tickets to any other event, just visit their site and they’ve got you covered.
**While we encourage anyone to enter to win the tickets, local readers are preferred as only the tickets will be provided. Once a winner is chosen I will reach out to you and make arrangements for you to receive the tickets. When leaving your comment, please fill out the email address section on the commenting box (will not be published) so we have an easy way to contact you.