“I don’t want to finish it in a year.” Rui Machida (29), a women’s basketball player, looks back on her first challenge in the United States… Is the reason for her growth a “not easily satisfied” mentality? – Basketball – Number Web

“I’ve never had a match that I’m satisfied with.”

Saying so, Rui Machida (WNBA Washington Mystics) laughed. There is a gap between her happy laughter and what she is talking about, which is indescribably Machida-esque.

“I don’t think there is any game that I feel I could have done. I have never played basketball until now, and I have never felt that this game was good or that this game was my best. Because it will stand out among the…”

It has been more than three months since he came to America in late April and jumped into the world of WNBA. You might think she’s struggling in the world’s best league, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Before she came out to the WNBA, she said she hadn’t been happy with her game since she was playing in Japan.

Involuntarily, I asked back, “You were so active?” After all, he has won the best five in the W League and the assist king many times, and is the silver medalist and assist king at the Tokyo Olympics, and in the semifinals, he has given 18 assists, the most in Olympic history.

Then Machida said while laughing again.

A glimpse of the word “perfectionist”

“For myself, I don’t feel like I’m doing a great job. I’m with everyone, so I don’t feel like I led the team. Good games are thanks to everyone, bad games are point guards. I think it’s possible to be conscious of the bad and turn your eyes to that.”

I don’t think he’s humble. Rather, it suggests that he is quite the perfectionist. I think he has grown so much because he has a mentality that is not easily satisfied.

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