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Old 08-24-2012, 04:39 PM   #6
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Default Re: When did you start playing basketball?

Originally Posted by Rake2204
Ha, yes, good times. I played 3rd and 4th grade basketball in sweatpants. Like you, I was also pretty quick in comparison to my competition. But I was also smart.

For instance, I realized very early on back then that point guards would call plays then mindlessly throw the ball wherever the play dictated. So, as simple as it sounds, I'd just wait for the kid to call a play, turn around, see who was moving upward, then I'd more less walk into the passing lane and steal the ball. Of course, I'd then take off speed dribbling down the court, never slowing down. And then, in lieu of a nice layup, I'd more or less chuck the ball off the backboard, which would have been great if I had Shawn Kemp trailing the play. Instead, it was always a young teammate named Baby Food who was trailing, making monster truck noises the whole way.

haha. It's funny because when I was in 4th grade I didn't know shit about bball conceptually. I taught myself a lot of stuff, though. From what I remember in 4th grade it was really chaotic. They weren't running plays it was more like roll the ball out and everyone jumps on it.

Also funny was that I never worked on my handles or my jumper. I could get by people easily and when they got in front of me I'd just throw up a crazy floater. I also understood what people liked to do on both offense and D and could stop it or get around it.

Despite being shorter than almost everyone, I mastered posting up. I'd always sit around thinking MAN IF I WAS ONLY A FOOT TALLER...

Still, it's fun even now, to take people who are much taller than me into the post and just house them. I guess I ruined my skillset by having my favorite player be Shaq and not someone like MJ or AI.

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