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by Melineze Hite
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I am a lover of basketball! I play regularly at Hornet's Nest Park on Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte, North Carolina. I can still jump and shoot, but my knees have given me a problem over the years. When I was younger and growing up in beautiful South Florida, I played each day across the street from my house at Boater's Park. My mother would have to come and get me to have lunch and dinner. I loved basketball then, and today I continue to love basketball. I was a good player in high school, but I didn't work hard enough to keep my grades up. Therefore, I didn't get that scholarship to play basketball. I still regret my earlier decisions. Well, life goes on. I can't waste time thinking about the past. I have a family now, and I am very happy with my new son. Wow! Just now I read in the Charlotte Observer that LeBron James, the famous professional basketball player in Ohio is headed for Miami to play with the Miami Heat, (a famous professional basketball team under the direction of Pat Riley, General Manager ). Even though I live in Charlotte, the Miami Heat still is my favorite team. If I had a perfect day, I wonder how I would spend it? Yes, I know how I would spend it, and I know what I would do. I can see it most clearly in my mind. Here is how it would look.

Well, my perfect day would be on a Saturday. Why? I can easily take a Saturday off from work at my new company. I make big bucks, and I can easily fly to/from wherever I choose. At 1:00 A.M. on Saturday morning, I make contact with Delta Airlines and book on line, using my Visa card, a round trip ticket to Miami from Charlotte, North Carolina for the weekend. I throw an overnight carry-on case together with a “slamming” (fantastic looking) outfit which I just bought from Concord Mills' Mall. I will need to be at the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport by 6:00 A.M. so that my friend, Enrique, who lives in Tamarac, can pick me up before he has to be at his job. I take him to work, and then drive back to his new apartment. I grab some, quick shut eye now, and then take off for Billy Graham International Airport where I show my luggage, present my identification, and display my boarding pass (which I had printed from my computer). I paid just $230.00, because I accepted the early morning flight. Thank God, I rested well on Friday afternoon. I'm young and strong, and I am ready to party this weekend.

Why is this weekend visit to South Florida such a special day? Well, my perfect day is the last day of the National Basketball Association's Playoffs between the Los Angeles' Lakers and the Miami Heat. This is indeed a very special day! All eyes are glued to this event whether by television, internet, radio, etc. I am so excited that I eat very little on the plane ride to Miami. I have a coke and some pretzels only. I grab a copy of a magazine, ESPN, and it predicts that the Lakers will again secure the title of America's best professional basketball team for 2011. I pray the whole time I am in flight. “God, help Miami to win this game. Don't let Kobe Bryant win again this year. Please, God. Amen.” It is a nice smooth landing, and Enrique is on time waiting for me at the baggage claim section. We're off, and all we talk about is the game. I'm so excited. I can't rest. Everything I see, and everything I hear is about LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh, the fantastic players of my favorite team. In fact, I am wearing the LeBron James' No. 6 Jersey now. I use my time to get ready for tonight's big event. I will be attending the last game of the Playoffs. Tonight the winner will be announced. This is the best of the seven games. I feel so blessed to be here on this perfect day.

At Enrique's house all of my friends from South Florida join us. They are Big Rick, Tito, Stephen, Andron, Jimmy, George, Kenny, Dustin, and Enrique. Only Andron and I purchased the $500.00 ticket early, because we had faith in this great day. No one else did. Also I am so glad I eventually saw the light and went back to college. My mother nagged me enough, and I had to do it. I'm glad she did now.

The night ends perfectly with a blowout by the Miami Heat. The score wasn't even close. It was called a sweep, a great difference in the numbers. 105 to 72. LeBron and Wade made incredible shots and Bosh made incredible defensive attacks. The Heat blocked almost all of the shots by the Lakers. The Lakers were humiliated. Wade held the trophy in the air, and all of the team players placed their hands on the base of it. I shouted, “We won! It took some doing! We won! We never gave up! We never gave up on our team! We never gave up."

Now, I think about that quote from my Public Speaking class that I took from CPCC. Well, during war time when Hitler was exterminating the Jews, Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of England said, “Never give in. Never, never, never, never.....” So true! This is a life lesson that I have experienced today. Never give up on your dreams!

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