Between the Rockets and a hard place

I got this in my e-mail yesterday, from the Rockets:

Basketball 101: Rockets coaches set to host basketball clinic for female fans

He has coached Clyde Drexler and Yao Ming.

Now, Rick Adelman will try teaching hundreds of female Rockets fans about the fundamentals of basketball.

Following a casual, half-hour cocktail session, the clinic’s attendees will learn basketball basics from Adelman along with Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and assitant coaches Jack Sikma, Elston Turner and T.R. Dunn. The female fans will learn everything from the the game’s rules to basketball terms. They will also learn plays directly from the coaching staff straight from a video monitor.

Officially, I’m offended by this. I like how Adelman’s going to “try” to get some basketball knowledge into our pretty little heads. Were I to go, I’m sure I would feel insulted and patronized by the Rockets coaches’ presentation on what “dribbling” is and what the difference is between a 2-point shot and a 3-pointer. And I can just imagine how frustrated I would be, sitting there with women who actually don’t know “the game’s rules” and “basketball terms.”

But then there’s this:

After wrapping up the study session, the clinic’s participants will be ushered to the team’s practice court where they’ll be able to run through plays and show off what they’ve learned.

Basketball 101 will conclude with a behind-the scenes tour of the team’s training room.

The female fans attending the event will receive two tickets to the Rockets vs. Milwaukee Bucks game on Nov. 9, a free complimentary gift, free snacks and beverages and the opportunity to mingle with the team’s general manager and coaches.

As a fan, it’s hard to pass up: a) a behind-the-scenes tour of the Rockets’ facilities; b) the chance to shoot baskets on the Rockets’ own court (albeit the practice one); c) free tickets, even if they’re sure to be crappy seats and to a Bucks game; and d) the off-chance that they’ve got some special, secret drop-in planned by actual Rockets.

I don’t know that we’ll be able to make it to an actual Rockets game this year, so this might be my only chance. But is it worth the insult? Should I stand up for my sex? Dan wants me to go and grill them about ticky-tack fouls and why Bill Walton is the worst NBA commentator ever. We’ll see.

4 Responses to “Between the Rockets and a hard place”

  1. ctate
    September 27th, 2007 08:37

    The gender bias is pretty irritating, but the actual content of the event may be pretty good. I’ve always found basketball terminology fairly opaque, and not readily discernable from what is shown on TV.

    Is it really that obvious what a “low post” is just from the in-game commentary? Basketball doesn’t have football’s luxury of all that dead time between plays, during which they get John Madden to draw pretty virtual-chalkboard diagrams of what you just saw happen.

  2. erinmak
    September 30th, 2007 09:29

    That’s what I’ve been torn about, but I think I’ve decided not to go. I’ll put the $40 that I would’ve spent being irritated for 2/3 of the event toward decent seats to a game I actually want to see (i.e., not the Bucks).

  3. SportsGirl
    October 1st, 2007 09:01

    If it makes you feel any better, there’s a local TV sportscaster here, Babe Lauffenberg, who used to play QB for the Cowboys who does the same kind of class for football. You know, if it truly served to get a woman interested in the sport that she had avoided simply because she didn’t know the terminology or the concept of the game, I’m all for it. But here in Dallas? I guaranty at least 90% of women would show up in heels, hoping to score a date for the evening.
    And there is no discussion needed; Bill Walton IS the worst broadcaster in the history of televised sports and not just that, he’s one of the weirdest people on the planet!

  4. birdy
    October 22nd, 2007 09:12

    Stop blaming the Rockets or their coach or men or society for once. If women are offended by this, then they shouldn’t sign up to do it. As I’ve said before, women are in the mess we are in due to our own actions. If women stopped acting like idiots, prostitutes, slaves, sex objects, gold-diggers, airheads, or second class citizens, then there would be no issue. Some women enjoy using these things to get what they want–and women are very powerful manipulators. So the world reacts by embracing it. If men are treating women badly it is because women have allowed it and encouraged it. And by the way, no where in that article did the coach put women down or mention trying to get basketball into our “pretty little heads.” that’s all you.

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