How Teams Can Beat the Golden State Warriors

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Written March 21, 2016

Published March 29, 2016, in the Jamaica Observer

(Photo credit: Aaron Gash/AP)

(Photo credit: Aaron Gash/AP)

Little over a week ago, I declared to the loyal followers of my blog and Facebook page that I have found the formula of how teams can beat the Golden State Warriors. Interestingly, after last Saturday night’s victory by the San Antonio Spurs over the Warriors, 87-79, it seems Spurs’ head coach Greg Popovich and his team of assistant coaches have also pounced upon the formula. Did the Spurs organization covertly hack my personal computer and copied the formula I spoke openly about before their matchup against the Warriors last Saturday? You just never know. Let’s hear what my IT people say after they scour my laptop for any trace of a clandestine operation. Continue reading

Does Defense Really Win Championships?

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published March 21, 2016

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TRIBUTE: Kobe Bryant will retire at the end of this NBA season. In his prime, he was one of the premier perimeter defenders.
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A year ago, I heard a raging debate on a local radio station about whether or not defense wins championships in basketball. The old proverb reiterated by many basketball pundits and fans say in no uncertain terms “Offense wins Games and Defense Wins Championships”. I recall calling the local radio station and pointing out that this statement if taken in exclusivity is incredibly erroneous. However, what should the alternative say when predicting the team who will be NBA champion? Is the alternative as cute and catchy as the old adage? Continue reading

The Rise of Number Five and the Resurgence of Number Three

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published March 14, 2016

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Garry Sobers was not only an all-rounder in terms of batting and bowling, he was an all-round batsman for his West Indian team
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For fifteen decades, the best batsmen in Test cricket batted from positions one (1) through seven (7) in their respective team’s lineup. The best of the best no doubt batted at positions three, four and five. Cricket’s old adage claims that your best batsmen should bat at number 3. However, in today’s game, which batting position is most productive and how have they varied throughout the years? Continue reading

Hope Springs Eternal in the West Indian Breast

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published March 7, 2016

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HARD WORK & COOPERATION: Sean Paul poses with Serena Williams after he and others assisted her in constructing a school in Salt Marsh, Jamaica (Photo credit: Pickcha Dis Photography)

A month ago, tennis superstar Serena Williams, along with track stars, Yohan Blake and Warren Weir, built a school in the small district of Salt Marsh, in the home parish of Jamaica’s Usain Bolt. The day prior, while driving along the highway past this small seaside community, I saw community members, young and old, with bats, balls, and pads, playing cricket in the district.

A similar tale can be told two months after the West Indies senior team took industrial action and walked off the Indian tour, in October 2014. While driving pass the Roman Catholic Church, in the town of Falmouth, a mere two miles from Salt Marsh, I saw kids – boys and girls – playing cricket right after Mass in their Sunday best. After I stopped, took a few pictures, and was walking back to my car, I uttered silently, Continue reading