Jatin is a professional basketball player with a bucket list of becoming an NBA star and playing in the big leagues. He wants to visit the United States of America and watch NBA live matches.
The inspiration behind Jatin’s bucket list comes from his affection for the game of basketball from observing Michael Jordan. Although, he is a fan of Jordan’s skills on the court, what motivates him more is who Jordan is, as a person. Jatin is a man of emotions and appreciates Michael’s emotional side – how he connects with everyone.
It started out pretty early for the bucket lister when he was in the third standard. Jatin used to spend hours at home playing the game. By the tenth standard, he had already improved on his basics. He used to watch videos on YouTube and practice after school hours for at least 4-5 hours a day. It was important for him to keep learning.
Jatin belongs to a town where people have not yet warmed up to the game of basketball. Due to lack of infrastructure and other mandatory support, Jatin left for Kolkata where he at least, had a fighting chance.
“If you work right, you will get results.” – Jatin
Jatin’s coaches in Kolkata appreciated him for his basics were right on the mark. His fundamentals which he acknowledges to be something god-gifted was actually borne out of his practice for 7 straight hours every day.
Jatin is a professional basketball player and has performed remarkably in his matches. Jatin emphasizes in sports because he believes that it builds one up physically and emotionally. It is essential in the character building for kids.
And as he is currently into something he loves, he describes the feeling to be quite inexplicable. He appreciates the part where he gets to meet new people, share his knowledge about the sport, the pride in his parent’s eyes each time they speak of him. He loves the fact that he is doing something that makes his countrymen proud of him.
Jatin always looks for ways and means in which he can change lives for the better. He believes a lot in learning but believes more in sharing it. Whatever he learns on the court, he makes it a point to impart it on others interested in the sport. Whenever he visits his hometown, he calls on young interested kids and trains them.
“There will be problems and that’s for sure no matter which sport you play. Be it lack of infrastructure or health issues, difficulties are supposed to tread on your way. But it is essential that you put up a fight and try as much as possible from your side. What I feel is that parents should be supportive of their children. Studies are important but I believe that children should have at least one sport in their lives. “
He shares of his experiences and difficulties that he has faced on his journey. He was supposed to play in the top five slots but the politics in the sport took away his opportunity and he never got selected. This kept him depressed for over 6 days but his friends and loved ones talked him out of it. He worked harder and tried to pave his way back to the top.
“Basket ball in India never gets the glory it deserves. It’s not because that we don’t have abled coaches for the sport. We have some of the best ones in the country but they lack interest and enthusiasm. It’s become just another day-job for them.”
He appreciates the NBA for their initiatives in India and truly believes that within the next 3-4 years, Indian basketball will definitely make a place for itself in the international leagues.
After the NBA, his bucket list has just one more item left. He wants to open a Basketball Training Academy for enthusiastic and interested kids.
Jatin is an inspiration to those who want to make it into the pro-league. If you have a bucket list in mind that can inspire others, share it with us.