Austin Toros forward Michael Joiner is a four-year D-League veteran and in his second season with the Toros. He has agreed to write an “On the Road” series for Toros Nation and this is his second post, which he wrote before last night’s win against the RGV Vipers.
By Michael Joiner
It’s game day against the Rio Grande Vipers. We are on the road playing down in the valley. It was a long and exhausting day of travel for the team yesterday. Bags were lost by the airlines, but we eventually got them later on that night.
How’s the team? Well, I will say that we are good. Today seemed to be different. Why? Just because everyone really had a different pep in their step. The word of the year has been “Swag” and you can see everyone really bonding and really in their own zone. Even though the results we wanted in our last game did not show up as the game came to a close, but we have honestly showed some strides in what we can accomplish this season.
Our team defense has gotten a lot better. Guys seem to start understanding how to play this game now. Honestly, for me it seems like it was a long time ago when I was some of these guys age…lol. But I had some great basketball teachers that helped me to mature and grow quickly in this game. Most of the guys ate out together for lunch at Applebees and now are resting up until we depart for the game at 4:40 p.m.
We started Squeak T.V. back up so you all will have some new footage real soon. Last game, my guy Aubrey Coleman played like we know he can and gave us great energy off the bench. Our newest addition, Eric, was a great defensive presence for us in the paint with some massive blocks. Our team played good overall, but their is still room to improve because we gave that game away. We have yet to put a complete game together, but we are very close to it. So continue to support the Toro Movement…Black & Silver, Black & Silver, Black & Silver, Black & Silver.
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