A bit of #MAYHEM: the Full Court Ferocity Experience begins
MAYHEM. DLSU head coach Aldin Ayo, right most, is joined by Green Archers Aljun Melecio, Kib Montalbo, Andrei Caracut, and Gabe Capacio as he talks to some of the participants at the Nike PG1 Full Court Ferocity Experience. (Photo courtesy of Nike Philippines)
Let me start this off by saying that I am, in no way, shape, or form, a professional athlete.
I am an online editor for a sports website, and I do consider myself a sports fan, as well as a sneaker fan.
I play ball from time to time, and I get the regular workout in from time to time, but I do not eat, sleep, nor breathe training. Sadly, for me, ball is not life, ball is something I get to do when I have time. (Don't get me wrong, I enjoy playing basketball, and I grew up playing the sport.)
What I do for a living is create content for this website right here, so the best way for me to be able to share with you my experiences will be through writing, and maybe throwing in a few photos here and there, just so your eyes have something else to look at aside from words.
Alright, now that we've got that out of the way, let's get this little show going, shall we?
When I first got the invitation to test out Paul George's new signature shoes, there' wasn't really much second thoughts. I've been seeing the sneaker do the rounds online, and it would be quite the experience to be able to be part of these sneaker trial runs that I've seen a lot of. Plus, I could use the sweating out, so I immediately gave the thumbs up.
When everything was confirmed, I did a little research on Nike's newest signature sneaker, and signature athlete.
For those of you who watch the NBA, you all know who Paul George is. For those of you who don't, he's quite possibly the next great Indiana Pacer, after that skinny, bald dude with the big ears, but can shoot a lot.
The 26-year old George is a four-time NBA All-Star, and arguably one of the best two-way players in the league today.
He was also that guy who broke his leg after landing wrong on a stanchion a couple of years back during a Team USA exhibition game. But that's all in the past, and PG-13, thank heavens, has managed to come back and play at an elite level once again.
As for his new sigs, when I saw them online, my first thought was "Uy, okay ah. Low-cut." I consider myself a fan of low-top sneakers, I can't really say why. I just think they look better.
Still, I had to see them in person to be able to say how they really looked.
Day 1. pic.twitter.com/er37Y4AYH8— Santino Honasan (@honasantino) February 25, 2017
When I was invited for the PG 1 experience, I was told that there would be some drills, but the main thing in my head was that we'd be putting the shoes through pickup games.
What we went through, well for me at least, was, safe to say, a lot more tiring than most pickup games I've played.
Upon arriving at the Kerry Sports Gym in Shangri La BGC, I saw a couple other people waiting. Some of them, you already knew just by looking, that they were athletes. Immediately, I knew that this was going to be quite the morning.
Eventually, we were called in, and us members of the media were brought to a dressing room, where there were a bunch of stuff for us to put on during the morning's workout, aptly called the "Full Court Ferocity Experience".
Yeah, with a name like that, you already knew it wasn't going to be a stroll in the park.
We geared up, and put on the new PG 1 sigs and headed out to the floor for the rest of workout proper. I'll give a little performance review of the shoe in a different article soon.
It turns out that we were joined by a select handful of people who were given the chance to be the first ones in the country to test out the new PG1s, through the Nike+ App.
Before getting started though, Carlos Soriano, a member of Nike's EKIN Program, introduced the shoe to everyone in attendance, and shared some interesting tidbits of knowledge about Paul George's sig. I'll talk about those little bits of info in another article as well.
Here's one though: PG's logo looks a lot like a bowtie, a nod to George's mix of simplicity and sophistication.
INTRODUCE A LITTLE MAYHEM
After the intro on the shoe, we were introduced to the person that would be running the session. It was none other than UAAP and NCAA champion coach Aldin Ayo of the De La Salle Green Archers.
I'll admit, I was a bit stunned. It's not everyday that you get to be trained by a champion coach like coach Ayo. The master of "Mayhem" brought out a number of Green Archers like Kib Montalbo, Aljun Melecio, Ricci Rivero, Andrei Caracut, and Gabe Capacio. Also joining in on the fun were PBA great and DLSU assistant coaches Glen Capacio and Marlon Celis.
These guys are champions, so they know how to win, and they were gonna share some tricks with everyone that morning.
First up were some stretching and warm-up drills. Simple enough.
Then, it got a little interesting, as we did drills on how to change direction while running, drills on how to maintain balance and some more next level stuff.
After the basic drills, we were made to do some basic ball handling excercises, as well as an interesting version of the three-man-weave that required you to dribble once and pass to the middle guy using only your outside hand.
The last part of the workout had us doing some offensive excercises. We took floaters, pull-ups and stepback jumpers, but not before being taught how to get past imaginary defenders.
Aldin Ayo closed the session out with a little motivational talk before letting everyone go for the rest of the day.
"Ako, everytime na nag-bibigay ako ng mga session, I'll make sure na yung mga pinapagawa kong drills, magagamit ng mga bata eh. May mga nag-sesession kasi just for the sake of doing it, tipong maganda panoorin, maganda tignan, pero hindi naman applicable," coach Ayo said after the workout. "Sa akin, every time I give this kind of session, mga clinics, I'll make sure na may napupulot yung mga participants."
All in all, it was a pretty informative, albeit tiring first session. It helped me learn a lot not only about the PG1, but also about the game of basketball.
So, there you have it. That's what happened during day one of the PG1 Full Court Ferocity Experience. This is the first of a five-week journey for me and a number of other guys. After already picking up a lot in just the first session, I'm pretty certain that by the end of the journey, we'll all be playing like Paul George...
...okay maybe not, but I'm certain we'll be learning even more.
Stay tuned for more!