Originally Posted by DarkSephiroth
If someone is holding me, I tend to place my hands straight up in the air and lock their holding arm in and move forward, to make it obvious to the ref that they're holding and drawing an easy foul (since their arm is stuck in your arms they can't do anything about it, and their arm is literally across your neck.) People think it's a dirty play, but if they're holding, they should be called for it, right?
This is one of the aspects I miss from playing organized basketball with real officials on a regular basis. I used to initialize any dirty tactic I could come up with (except anything with the intent to injure) and I'd then do whatever I had to do to expose others trying to pull off the same maneuvers on me. It was a fun game of cat and mouse.
I was huge on grabbing and I was huge on malicious moves made to look accidental. I very much liked asserting my psychological dominance over opposing players. It was fun taking stock of the opposing roster, of whom would be succeptable to blowing their top and who would be most likely to react negatively to my actions. Many players wanted to take everything personally and make it more than about the game.
I knew high school referees were relative amateurs and I therefore knew there'd be a copious amount of actions I could get away with. And, as we've been told throughout life, it was always the retaliation that was punished, not the original action.
Most memorably, I recall being boxed out by an opponent and as the rebound caromed in his general direction, I subtley grasped and pulled on the back of his jersey, right in the middle of his numbers. On film, it looked as if he had a giant resistance band attached to his waist as his body flailed away from the ball, opening up the offensive board for one of my teammates.
Similarly, I grabbed jerseys with my offhand even when I had good rebounding position, on one occasion mysteriously drawing a foul on my opponent for being grabbed.
More or less, I was big on asserting my will and coaxing others into retaliation. It was fun. But it's all much in the past now. These were never streetball maneuvers, just stuff that could be pulled off in an organized setting.