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.