Shot clocks are needed / Aaron Johnson
Published 2:58 pm, Thursday, February 22, 2018
I always laugh when thinking about the time I met Rebecca Lobo. It was my youngest brother’s birthday — so that had to make me about 11 or 12 — and my folks planned a day trip up to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
It was a great day, full of laughs and great lessons in the history of basketball.
But the thing that makes me laugh at myself is the fit that I threw when my parents wanted to get in line to meet the former UConn star — who was visiting the Hall that day.
I didn’t want to go.
My younger self was upset I had to go meet one of the greatest women’s basketball players of all time.
The reason? I wanted to go play on the in-house basketball court instead.
Nice one younger me.
After I meeting Lobo — pouting face in all — we each got an autograph and also a family picture. She even signed my program telling me to smile more.
It’s funny how life works out because over a decade later I was smiling at Lobo after a tweet she wrote calling for shot clocks to be implimented in the high school game in Connecticut.
“Dear: someone with a brain in Connecticut high school hoops, You are doing the players a disservice by not having a shot clock,” the tweet read.
I smiled ear-to-ear and glady retweeted and liked the post because she is right.
It is time — as many of my collegues have also expressed — for the CIAC to figure out how to get shot clocks in the high school game.
While covering the Staples boys finale against St. Joseph on Wednesday night, the Cadets went into a “four corners” style of offense in the fourth quarter while holding on to a lead.
The Cadets gave up several open layups opportunities, just to kick the ball out and drain even more time off the clock. It went on so long, a spectator even yelled out for someone from St. Joseph to take a shot.
The strategy worked, the Cadets drained several minutes off the clock in the fourth and went on to win the game, but the issue isn’t with the team for running that style. It led to a win and it wasn’t in violation of any rules.
But this is where the higher up have to step in. Lobo said it does a disservice to the athletes not having a shot clock. It really does.
Although I’m probably the latest reporter in the state to beat this deadest of horses, until it gets fixed — and it is high time that the CIAC take a serious look at it — the journalist will continue standing on our soapboxes.
I’ll be the one standing with the big smile.