The environment surrounding Japanese basketball has changed significantly.
The video uploaded after the match is played tens of thousands of times in less than a day, and the amount of heat has spread to fans far away. Only 5 years since B.LEAGUE was founded. This season will be in full swing, and the first match of the championship final, which will determine the best in Japan, will be held tomorrow.
Five years ago. As a player, there is a man who “saw hell” as the president of the club. This is Takehiko Orimo, president of Levanga Hokkaido. A man who set an unprecedented record of 10,000 points until he retired in May of last year (2020) in 29 years as a player, he left a basketball club in Hokkaido until he borrowed more than 200 million yen. He is also a man.
A topical book written by Orimo, “Even if 99% regret it.]I will introduce the philosophy that spells out the anguish as a player and president in all four times. (JBpress)
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Live a life full of regrets
There is “retirement” in the profession of professional athlete. At that time, there are many great players who say, “I have no regrets.” Then, what about me who retired at the age of 49? “99%, I have no choice but to regret.”
I once wondered if I would feel the opposite when I “retired”. But when I face that moment, all I can think of is what I have left behind.
I couldn’t contribute as a force in the last season. At that moment, I didn’t “cut off” the shot. I should have known the distance to the fans sooner …
Looking back on my 27 years of active life, I can think of a scene that I should have done, that I should have done, and that I was terribly frustrated.
When I talk about this, I’m asked about the “past” in quick succession, saying, “99% regret it? That’s not true.”
“What is the 10,000 points?”
I’m not very interested in personal records. Behind the scenes that scored that much, there are more than the same number of missed shots and “unfinished” scenes. Rather, regret may be greater.
“Have you made Toyota’s heyday four times in Japan?”
I was particular about winning. That’s why winning is the title of the best in Japan. But, of course, there are regrets there as well. It may have been won more quickly and more.
“16 appearances in all-stars”
Only the last All-Star was fun. However, Japanese All-Stars should play more seriously.
“As a representative of Japan, I got the right to participate in the world championship for the first time in 31 years.”
I wanted to make basketball as good as baseball and soccer. To that end, he has emphasized winning by participating in big competitions such as the Olympics and the World Cup. However, it is not enough to just participate.
All that comes to mind is what I lacked and what I couldn’t do. It may seem negative, but it’s never the case.
I basically have the personality of “I’ll be able to do something about it” (hence, I have taken on the role of representative of Levanga Hokkaido). However, I have been doing my best to do what is in front of me-focusing on it now-and the result is building such “regret”.
I do not regret “regret”.
Because even if 99% of them are regrets, if there is any “thing that you do not regret”, you can find your own value there.
The only thing in my life that I can say “I have no regrets”.
That is Hokkaido.
Transferred to Hokkaido, came to Hokkaido. There is definitely no regret here.
What happened was ridiculously difficult (laughs).
But that alone really makes me regret now.