Basketball Advice for Rep. DeVore

HT to Orange Juice for this photo of State Rep Chuck DeVore in a basketball uniform at a Charity Game between Republican and Democratic politicians at a recent Sac Kings game (won convincingly by the Republicans). 

Some basketball advice to Rep. DeVore.  From a former player, college hoops sports information director, Youth basketball coach (5 years, boys and girls) and comissioner, and all-star coach (namely, moi).  Its the first thing I tell my team’s parents in that first parent meeting before the first practice.

Buy a pair of real basketball shoes. 

Wearing cross-trainers or running shoes (the upturned sole in the front is a giveaway here) just screams “nerd” on the court, though in Chuck’s case, I’d use “wonk” because I don’t think he would view that negatively (I don’t and hope he doesn’t).  So “wonk” on the court works for me.

I think cross trainers or running shoes act more like iceskates on the pine and hightops offer more support.  At least Chuck isn’t wearing black socks.  And wha…no tats, no headband????

  4 comments for “Basketball Advice for Rep. DeVore

  1. May 18, 2007 at 9:39 pm


    You’re right about the shoes. I used to always have a decent pair of basketball shoes. But after I joined the Army in 1983 I gave up buying them for running shoes (the Army physical fitness test has a 2 mile run, but no basketball element) — I’m just too cheap, ah, er, “fiscally conservative” to have more than what I require.

    Don’t worry though, my own staff razzed me about it. I didn’t hear them though, I was too focused on whomping the other side.

    All the best,

    Chuck DeVore
    State Assemblyman, 70th District

  2. Dan Chmielewski
    May 18, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    Chuck —
    My bball shoes are six years old; I’d rather buy new pairs for the kids, as I’m sure you would for yours. But the uniform looks fab; no army tat?

  3. May 20, 2007 at 8:29 am

    Did you guys catch Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido in yesterday’s city basketball exhibition? He played in a collared shirt! Priceless…

  4. Dan Chmielewski
    May 20, 2007 at 9:17 am

    And the basketball world coils in revulsion…..

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