Re: The baller you can't beat...
in my park, there's this old dude in his 50s who can still ball. but like you mentioned, it's psychological, no one wants to rough him up too badly because of the old man factor.
but this man plays dirty as hell, i don't go for that.
i start every game giving everyone high fives and telling them to have a good game. even this dude, whom I bow down (he's an old Asian, apparently, he's a martial arts master) in front of before every game. but I play rough and physical. he throws an elbow at me, I throw one at his neck. he tries to tie me up to prevent me from catching an entry pass, I pull the table under him, etc...
that's the only way to beat him.
but at the end of every game we always shake hands.