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The love of Basketball
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
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
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.
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.
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 , you just never know what life has in store for us all, both on and off the court. skills coach
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