So I'm a 19 year old guy, I am pretty physically fit because I go to the gym 2-3 times a week and eat well. However, it's been a LONG time since I've had any basketball instruction and I'd like to learn more about the game and become a better player.
I haven't played in about a year but even when I was playing, I wasn't learning. I don't want to just go to the local park and shoot hoops because what ends up happening is I get into a game, and I'm not good so people just get frustrated and don't pass me the ball. They don't teach me anything, they just get frustrated because I'm like a barrier between them and victory. Think about it, don't you get annoyed if your team has some new guy who doesn't know what he's doing? I understand where they are coming from so I'd like to know how someone my age could learn without going and making a fool out of himself in front of a bunch of strangers at a park. Thanks.
Anyway, GoBBall, I'd suggest going to the gym and shooting hoops. Depending on how good you want to be, I'd take about 200 shots a day. If you're not sure how to shoot a basketball correctly, go into youtube or google and type in "basketball shooting fundamentals" or something like that. Make sure to work on your form and don't shoot off balance until you're good enough of a balanced shooter. Work on your fundamentals more than anything.
First thing, learn PROPER Defense and be vocal about it. Always call screens, switches and always box out. I get really pissed off when somebody don't make a decent effort on the defensive end. If your defense is stellar nobody will ever be annoyed by you, even if you miss simple lay ups from time to time.
also, the guy who said "always play great D" was right on. defense is like a lost art nowadays in casual games. at the park and the gym, a good defender is hard to find. hustle for loose balls and always play with your heart.