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Detours - Feb 15, 2013
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The mirror only reflects what is seen on the surface. The inner dwellings are layers, clothed by the emotions that are forever worn on my sleeve. The challenges that I face, have nonetheless, served as an everlasting reminder to understanding life's spectrum. A wake up call, that carries a steady annoying buzz, that can not be snoozed within arms reach. It's a longstanding battle to overcome the doubters, naysayers and a slew of demons that surround failure. Success, well ....it's perspective based, a clear indication of where you are and where you would like to be.
In essence, the sound off, the grind, is founding for me. It's forever embedded. It's a suit that I wear proudly and confidently. It's something that keeps me behind the wheel of life as I drive for a better me. In terms of winning and loosing, there's a balance that must be maintained. There has to be a destination in mind. There has to be a set of directions in place that you are willing to follow, only to avoid getting lost along the way.
This season has been an uphill battle. I've never experienced losing in a way that I have this year. On a personal level, I've been extremely productive, currently 3rd in the league in scoring (27.8) but that doesn't necessarily fulfill my purpose. In fact, It's only made it harder to maintain. Digging deep for motives that aren't always there. It's been tough, but in totality this experience has made me a better player, hence, a better person. It's allowed me the opportunity to work on myself in terms of slowing life down and assessing things in a better light. It's been unwavering. I've remained emotionally and mentally dedicated to my task. My focus still stands. I've learned many valuable lessons, one of which helps me understand the "green grass theory" and having the PATIENCE in watching it grow.
With that, I'm truly set. All gassed up with my windshields perfectly spotless. Nothing to impair my vision and or sight while in pursuit of reaching wherever it is that I set out to be.
Facts remain...In life there there will always be main roads. There will always be short cuts and back blocks. The road less traveled ins't always ideal but that's just a part of life.. Take what you have and go from there.......
Pedal to the floor... turn up!!!
| Al Riyadi's Hidden Soldier - Walid H. Yamout- Oct.30, 2015 (by Eurobasket Center)|
We had a chance to do an interview with Walid H. Yamout of Al Riyadi. He is known as "Hidden Soldier". You probably never heard of him, but in fact Walid is one of the most important person at the club. Walid, can you please tell us what is your position in Al Riyadi club? What are you responsible for at the club? First of all, I would like to thank Eurobasket.com for giving me this great opportunity. My name is Walid H. Yamout. I am the Logistics Coordinator and Assistant Manager of the... [read more]
We had a chance to do an interview with Walid H. Yamout of Al Riyadi. He is known as "Hidden Soldier". You probably never heard of him, but in fact Walid is one of the most important person at the club.
Walid, can you please tell us what is your position in Al Riyadi club? What are you responsible for at the club?
First of all, I would like to thank Eurobasket.com for giving me this great opportunity. My name is Walid H. Yamout. I am the Logistics Coordinator and Assistant Manager of the basketball Academy and a basketball coach. I'm responsible of the court schedule, selling season and games tickets, managing the court from fans to security and entertainment, coordinate with 1st division teams regarding abroad participations, transportations and insurance. I do everything to make other employees, players and fans feel comfortable.
I organized two international tournaments till now - 23rd fiba Asia champions cup in oct 2012 and Hisham jaroudi cup in sept 2015, I also travel with the women team as an Administrative where I'm responsible of the whole team. In the Academy we set the schedule of the practices, coordinate with the coaches regarding the practice plan, salaries and organising local and international camps.
Tell us something more about the Al Ryiadi Basketball Academy. How many players/teams you have?
Al Riyadi Basketball Academy - it all started in 1995 by the Russian player Sergey Chepotkin. Curently we have around 400 players, between 4 and 17 years old, in each category we have 4 different levels beginners, advanced, team B and team A, in the winter practices are on weekends and afternoon during week days as for the summer its everyday from 8 am until 8 pm
What is the most important in training young kids?
The most important in training young kids is how to transfer ur message in the appropriate way, to make them love the game not hate it, to let the 1st division Players interfere in the practices, its something really nice to practice with ur idol.
Do you have any prospects that can compete in Europe/USA in the future?
We have alot of talented and gifted players, we're doing our best in guiding them to reach a very high level.
Do you cooperate with any European club? Have you ever thought about that?
Yes, definitely we cooperate with many European clubs like I've mentioned before we organise international camps and participates in many international tournament all over europe (fermo, italy/ santa suzana, spain/ bourbourg, france) and in December we're visiting Panathinaikos Greece for a friendly tournament and practices.
What is the furute for basketball in your club/country/whole middle east?
In our club we have a bright future in basketball since we're working on long term plans to reach our goals and always stay at the top, we hope that the federation work more on our national teams and our league cuz all they're doing is fighting Riyadi and doing anything to weaken our club, I wish that the political issues and the internal protests in the middle east will come to end very soon cuz its affecting our Sports and specially basketball, we reached a very high level in Asia but unfortunately now we're going down.
| Exclusive interview with Shawn King- Oct.21, 2015 (by Eurobasket Center)|
Eurobasket.com had a chance to talk to Shawn King(208-C-82, college: ORU, agency: Pensack Sports), a newcomer at Al Riyadi. He played last season at STB Le Havre in French ProA. In 36 games he recorded 10.7ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.9bpg last season. Shawn was voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Center of the Year, Import Player of the Year and was selected to All-French ProA 1st Team and French ProA All-Imports Team. American big man was a key player for his new team at 15th edition of H... [read more]
Eurobasket.com had a chance to talk to Shawn King (208-C-82, college: ORU, agency: Pensack Sports), a newcomer at Al Riyadi. He played last season at STB Le Havre in French ProA. In 36 games he recorded 10.7ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.9bpg last season. Shawn was voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Center of the Year, Import Player of the Year and was selected to All-French ProA 1st Team and French ProA All-Imports Team. American big man was a key player for his new team at 15th edition of Houssam Eddine Hariri Basketball Tournament downing Tunisia's ES Sahel 116-115 in the final.
EB: Hey Shawn, thank you for sitting with us.
SK: Heyy basketball world! Thanks you for allowing me this wonderful opportunity.
How did it happen that you landed in Lebanon? You had a sucessfull career in Europe so far. Last year you were voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Center of the Year and selected to All-ProA 1st Team...
It may sound surprising but.... I wasn't a difficult choice. I got a great offer from the best club in Middle East, why not to take a new challenge?
Did you have any offers from European clubs?
Yes, I get few offers from European clubs. As you mentioned I did have quite successful season in France. I've been playing in Europe for the last 7 years. But I was just thinking about a change this year.
What about political situation in Middle East? Wasn't you affraid of it?
I do not like to talk about politics. Lets leave it for these who are in charge of it. I am focused on basketball right now.
How is in Beirut now? How do you find living in different culture?
I like living in different countries and seeing different cultures. It is amazing to see how people live all over the world. I am pleased to have such opportunity.
You've played in many different countries/clubs. Which league was the best so far?
It was French ProA the best league I have played in so far
Your best basketball season was....
I would say probably my last year. I played in great team, my stats were good so.. yes. It was the best season so far.
Lets go back to the beginnings. Was basketball always your sport no1?
Basketball was always in my life. But before I started playing serious basketball I used to play football and cricket.
What are the best and worst moments in your career so far?
The worst thing that can ever happen to pro athlete is injury. I've had knee and back injuries in the past.
Could you please tell us more about Shawn off the court? What are your hobbies?
I like watching movies, swimming, fishing and .... playing card games.
Do you have plans about your life after retiring from basketball? Where do you see yourself in five years?
I do not know what I want to do five years from now. I want to play pro basketball as long as it's possible.
| Interview with Cherine El Sherif- Sep.30, 2015 (by Eurobasket Center)|
Eurobasket.com had a chance to chat with Cherine El Sherif(185-C-84), capitan of Al Riyadi Beirut, just right after the final game at 1st Beirut International Women Basketball Championship. Lebanese team won the title after a close game against Slovenian Cejle. Cherine, congratulations! Another title goes to your achievements list. How do you feel? First and foremost, I would like to thank you for allowing me this wonderful opportunity. Yes, it is another title in my career, one of the mo... [read more]
Eurobasket.com had a chance to chat with Cherine El Sherif (185-C-84), capitan of Al Riyadi Beirut, just right after the final game at 1st Beirut International Women Basketball Championship. Lebanese team won the title after a close game against Slovenian Cejle.
Cherine, congratulations! Another title goes to your achievements list. How do you feel?
First and foremost, I would like to thank you for allowing me this wonderful opportunity. Yes, it is another title in my career, one of the most important. We had a chance to play against top European teams and we beat them! Amazing feeling. Here I would like to thank all people that made this tournament come tru. Mr. Walid Yamout, Tamam Jaroudi and Mrs. Nayla. I hope we will have more opportunities to host such great teams like Panathinaikos of Celje in future.
Al Riyadi showed great basketball on both ends on the floor.
Yes, we prepared well for this tournament. Our coach Elie Nasr did a great job as well as al players on the court: Brittany, Gaati, Rebecca and all others. We played fantastic basketball and proved once again that we can compete with the best.
How it is to be a capitan of such great group of players?
It's an honor. I am one of the most experienced players in our team, it does mean a lot to me to be a leader of this group. On and off the court. Most importat is to always keep as a team. There is no space for individual acts.
Tell us how you decided to become professional basketball player.
I started playing basketball when I was 11 years old at Al Riadi. Seniors were in second division back then. When I grew up I played 3 years in second division, then moved to Homentmen Beirut for only one year. After a succesful year I got an offer from first division club - Antranik. I spent 9 wonderful years there. Finally, in 2011-2012 I moved back to my home club Al Riyadi. It is my 5th year now.
The list of your achievements is really long.
That's true. I am 12th time Lebanese League Champion. I also won 3 times Arab Club Championships.
Do you still find motivation to play for another titles?
Of course! Every championship title I have won gives me more motivation and power to fight for another ones. Never too much! I love basketball, love to compete with the best. I contiune to work hard and never give up.
Thank you for sitting with us! Good luck in the pcoming season!
Thank you once again for the opportunity!
| Al Riyadi win Hisham Jaroudi Cup in Beirut Sep.29, 2015 |
| Riyadi in the Final of the Arab Championship Oct.20, 2014 |
| Riyadi - Beirut and Homentmen - Antelias in the Arab Championship Oct.13, 2014 |
| Dion Dixon's first blog! May.19, 2014 |
| Detours Feb.15, 2013 |
| Corey Williams: we can surprise a lot of teams and Sagesse would only lose to Sagesse Dec.15, 2012 |
| Coach Jade Fattouh: Lebanon will have a better generation and Riyadi are ready to claim back the title Jul.22, 2012 |
| THE NEXT CHAPTER Jul.20, 2012 |
| A big move in the Lebanese Women League - An Elite List on the Horizon Jul.18, 2012 |
| Lebanese National Team move to Jordan Jun.11, 2012 |
| Antranik Cup Champion May.21, 2012 |
| Antranik Champion for 10th consecutive time May.15, 2012 |
| NEWS May.10, 2012 |
| Respect!! Apr.12, 2012 |
| Antranik Ends the regular season as Leader Mar.23, 2012 |
| Dynamo-NPU Kyiv sign Martina Wood Mar.16, 2012 |
| Final 4 Mar.14, 2012 |
| Coach A Update!! Mar.7, 2012 |
| Back Like I Never Left Feb.12, 2012 |
| Character Feb.11, 2012 |
| Character Feb.11, 2012 |
| Motivation Jan.11, 2012 |
| Byblos: The City Within Dec.21, 2011 |
| The Game!! Dec.9, 2011 |
| Squandered Away Dec.8, 2011 |
| Coach "A" blog! Dec.6, 2011 |
| The Quiet Virtue Nov.26, 2011 |
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