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The love of Basketball

Updated on April 18, 2013

To become a true basketball player, one must first fall in love with the game

It was long ago, I was very young and super short, maybe around 4 foot something. I was shy on the basketball court, and my brother, my step dad, and step brother would always slap the ball out of my hand all the time, then steal it from me when we had played. I just hated playing basketball at 8 or 9 years old, but I did it with them to try to have fun when they played.

I thought the game of basketball was cool but more from a distance as a passive observer like when you watch NBA games on television or cable, and back then actually cable didn't exist for the most part in peoples homes, unless you had a great deal of money to pay for it. Me and the other men of the family would huddle around to watch the NBA series, we would yell and shout like some crazy people whenever our teams would either be losing or someone like Larry Bird or Magic Johnson would either score, or do some amazing trick. I only thought I had a love for the game back then, and I had a great deal coming to me for sure, not realizing that there's much more to it all then meets the eye.


This is the place where it all started for little ole me, Bronx NY

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club
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The motivation to learn didn't come easy

Some years had blew by I was growing with leaps and bounds it seemed, and again I found the basketball, but this time I was about 5'9'' and I felt much more confident at that height. So I thought to myself, why don't I give shooting the basketball a try one summer and boy did I make the right decision. I had been working at the time for this place known as the Hoe Avenue Boys & Girls Club (Currently known as the Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse) in the Bronx borough of New York, for the summer youth program there as a day camp counselor.

The young people there all seemed to know how to play basketball so well, and a great deal better than me. I truly had a challenge on my hands to learn how to compete with them kids, and mainly to learn how to actually play, and so I was determined to prove to them I could compete for sure.

This was the beginning of my love for the game of basketball, and ever since its been something I cherish to this very day.


B-Ball Drills learned along my voyage of becoming a Player

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A special thanks to my readers & followers

Thanks for reading if you indeed chose to visit this article, and there's loads more truly encouraging basketball stories to come, that I have had the pleasure to experience for over 22 years, and even if I've never really made it to any prestigious level of game play, what I have had was pure joy challenging friends all along the way till today at 37 years of age, in NYC, at NASJRB Willow Grove PA military base, and NOB Norfolk Naval Base on the B-Ball courts, and all throughout high school as well as college intramural sports.

There was one time however I will never ever forget, and it was something that had occurred to me, when I had went to play with some friends in this elementary school gymnasium one day, I must have been around 16 years old back then or so. It was the time when Michael Jordan's commercial was on, "Like Mike, if I could be like Mike", that cool commercial.

I think a sort of weird happening or occurrence had taken place, because when I was in that gym there, which I never had been, and only went there once actually. I felt something come over me, as if I felt some basketball legends spirit or something, and my fingers began feeling as if they were tingling. I then grabbed the ball like never before, and for some reason I sort of knew how to shoot the Basketball, I began dribbling the ball like never before, and I couldn't miss a single shot.


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What is there to really learn from Basketball

I learned a great deal over time becoming a self trained and practicing basketball player all throughout the years. It takes determination to build up your on court awareness, and overall confidence in playing the game. You need smarts and a keen alertness to adapt to any given situation that comes up, and at any moment in time while playing B-ball.

As a point guard you must become a team leader, and it takes a level minded understanding, and team effort to become a true point guard, plus your drilling skills must be up to a high standard, and your physical stamina.

  • (Learning of the on court movements, rules, plays, knowledge of the terminology and all is what each player should develop, but point guards should know it much more clearly as an active knowledge)

Shooting guards need to practice much more at moving off the dribble, and also spot up shooting drills, and once they learn to incorporate this discipline into their overall game, they will be able to shoot much more effectively, and definitely off of the dribble, where they are the most dangerous at.

  • (All the other positions I really never played myself, and so I will leave it up to those types of player to tell how their story and effective learning process in such positions work best for them.)

Running is imperative for this sport, and being a well balanced athlete is essential, and so great health is a primary focus, and initiative to achieve for all basketball players. These are all active learning processes to begin to acknowledge over the course of a basketball players experience, which helps to improve their overall success in the game which has the potential to take them to the professional levels for sure.


Conclusion -

The game has taught me some pretty valiant lessons in life that this article fully expresses, and I'm so happy to know that I can help others to learn of such and experience of falling in love with the game, and maybe someday I can even become a true to life Basketball skills coach, you just never know what life has in store for us all, both on and off the court.


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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I hope all your dreams come true. Loved your story..

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      I used to play basketball when I was younger; however, sports were never my "thing". I did learn a lot from sports: team motivation, relationship building, and noticing your traits as a leader. Thank you for sharing this hub! Voted up and interesting :) Hope your dreams come true! Definitely a motivational piece.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Now you're talking my language. I've had a love of the game as long as I can remember. Of course, that's fairly common for a person that grew up within 20 miles of Indiana University. I won't go into my game, as many years have passed since even touching the ball. As all ball players have roles, they must also learn versatility to assist when and where needed. Physical size is of importance, but I've been witness to many a smaller player put the big guy to shame simply because of the efforts and attitudes exhibited. Set the example, be a team player, and never quit. Seems fairly close to life, doesn't it? Great Hub, Mike! Keep 'em coming!

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      I really don't know too much about basketball, but enjoyed the information that was new to me. I enjoyed your story very much. A skills coach sounds like a great goal. Voted up.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      now this is very interesting.. used to play basketball for fun, during sportsfest activities at school and just to kill time. your hub is very wonderful.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Thank you @always exploring,

      I'm so grateful to be able to share with so many people today much of my experiences in learning, in growing, and developing as a person all around, and so yup thanks for the supportive words of encouragement, I hope so too.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      @KDuBarry03, thanks bro for the cool comment, I wasn't motivated as a child to play any sports pretty much, and so much of it all happened out of the shear fact that I was out numbered by my peers and surely when it came to being an athletic person.

      I just didn't want to be seen as a wimpy person on the basketball court neither, and surely not as I grew older as well as much taller. It was terrible during gym class when all the other kids seemed so knowledgeable about the game, and I hadn't the slightest clue how to even score, or pass the ball, or dribble.

      So where I grew up in the Big City, if you didn't know how to play, you didn't get to know to many people, or have any cool friends, because much of the social life for young boys evolved around the game play of basketball pretty much, and especially in the neighborhood I had lived in as a child in the Bronx.

      It was tough, but I managed to pull it off for sure KD.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      @rcrumple, Thank bro for the words of support here.

      I love basketball so much today, and even if I don't get to be on the B-ball court much, I still would love to help kids, and even adults of all ages someday to get more into playing it, learning it, and even as an official skills coach as I stated there in the conclusion.

      I will work towards it all on Youtube for now, and keep myself steady, and balanced with it all as the years go by, you just never know what such an effort there might produce right!

      Yeah man team efforts make all the difference in a day, and I never cared much for the whole size differential thing, its over rated for sure. Its all about the players heart, and confidence, as well as physical stamina, and court smarts. So yup you are 100 percent correct in my honest opinion, and I must agree with you RC.

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Scoring on a shot is one of life's pure pleasures. Good Hub.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      @Pamela99, Thanks for the cool visit and for commenting, I sure will try my best to become a basketball skills coach for sure, and also thank s for the words of encouragement.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      @unknown spy, thanks for being so sweet I'm simply in love with the game of basketball, oh yes indeed.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Thanks @rfmoran for your kind words of support here, and for reading up on my hub, I also dig the positive attitude for sure,.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Thanks @rfmoran for your kind words of support here, and for reading up on my hub, I also dig the positive attitude for sure,.

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Great dribbling and awesome dedication in both videos CE. Magic Mike Pugh, thanks for sharing your own personal and insightful story. There is more than just game. Art and sports joiun together to give us an spectacular view from the Gods of Basketball. Center of gravity and innate stabilization is unique from the pros. Your dynamics are thoroughly amazing. Take care my friend

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      @Lord De Cross, thanks so much for your awesome comment bro, I like how you explain things man, it made me feel as if I've done the right thing for sure.

      I will do my best to maintain a positive outlook on things as a whole, we all know its tough to do so today, but it is an imperative thing to do in order to succeed in life, and in anything for that matter.

      Also thanks for sharing with me, that was so cool of you bro.

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Seems that my friend Mike is a cool kid inside the Naval veteran. I'm almost fifty and as you can see, I can blend with some younger folks. Seriously bro' your charisma is.... or comes after your beloved madre. Keep on hubbing and thanks for being with us, in this journey!

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      It is definitely a great voyage and journey to be on for sure, I truly love hubpages and this awesome community, oh Yeah! bro

      Cheers to awesome times indeed on hubpages and beyond, also to making great connections with good folks like yourself Joseph.

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      Gamerelated 4 years ago from California

      I started playing basketball relatively late. I first played because other kids played it but I didn't really fall in love with the game until I was 15. At the age of 15 I was 5' even and I only weighed about 105 pounds.

      I was always undersized, but when you are that small you make up for it with other things like speed, agility, ferocity, and hustle. When you love the game your will to win and compete refuses to accept that mother nature designed you to play some other sport.

      I think basketball teaches a lot about yourself and who you are. You learn a lot about teamwork and how to communicate with people. When you take a step back from the game and watch it objectively you also learn about strategy. Watching playoff basketball is like watching chess. You see coaches making adjustments and you see coaches making adjustments to the other coaches adjustment. This is an awesome Hub CloudExplorer.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      @Gamerelated, thanks so much for your awesome comment up there wow! you truly have had a wonderful experience learning, and playing B-ball as well.

      Yeah height only matters where players can seek to benefit from playing certain positions on the court such as point guard for shorter folks, and forward, power forward, or center would definitely need to be stocking plus more taller folks.

      I have surely learned some great life lessons indeed as a player for sure you are on point with your comment bro, oh yeah B-ball is fantastic!

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