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do u guys?

i get pickup games a few times a week at the courts near my house when the weather is good

<3 <3 <3 one of my favorite activities

jhøshea, Friday, 25 April 2008 22:51 (eleven years ago) link

Haven't played a real game in 15 or so years.

Alex in SF, Friday, 25 April 2008 22:56 (eleven years ago) link

Used to love playing when I was in high school though.

Alex in SF, Friday, 25 April 2008 22:57 (eleven years ago) link

aww

ive played a few times at those courts in the panhandle (this is what they call that little strip extending out from golden gate park right) when visiting my sister

jhøshea, Friday, 25 April 2008 23:01 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah that used to be a good pickup game spot (also down at Dolores Park too IIRC.)

Alex in SF, Friday, 25 April 2008 23:04 (eleven years ago) link

been a couple years. we've been trying to organize a game for about a month now and everyone has endless excuses - bad back, got jazz tix, hangnail, moon is waning, feeling old at 30, etc

6335, Friday, 25 April 2008 23:25 (eleven years ago) link

dude just go down to where people play and get next - i usually go w/at least one friend - but theres no need to bring a complete game w/you - that is the beauty

jhøshea, Friday, 25 April 2008 23:27 (eleven years ago) link

havent played since sr year in hs, havent put any effort into it since jr year

this used to be my friends favorite pastime but theyve all gotten too fat & lazy, same as me

deeznuts, Friday, 25 April 2008 23:32 (eleven years ago) link

While jhoshea is OTM that it's to get in pick-up games, it's a little harder to do if you haven't played in ages and your instincts and shot are totally pathetic (esp. pickup basketball can get a little intimidating IMO.) Still pick up a ball and practice your shot and you'll get it back eventually.

Alex in SF, Friday, 25 April 2008 23:37 (eleven years ago) link

just play in shitty games til u get yr confidence back is all

or if yr feeling brave just get pwnd for a little while

jhøshea, Friday, 25 April 2008 23:41 (eleven years ago) link

i played a couple weeks ago after a 3 month+ layoff; i tried to stay out of games just shooting by myself but got cajoled into full on 5 on 5 sos i wouldn't look like a pussy, and surprised myself with how well i did. just played lowkey, concentrated on defense and hit a couple open jumpers. panting like a dog though, i need to start running again.

tremendoid, Saturday, 26 April 2008 01:10 (eleven years ago) link

i have glass ankles unfortunately, since my teens it seems like i can never play regularly for more than 2 months before catastrophe strikes. i never had hops to begin with so no biggie, my shot is still there

tremendoid, Saturday, 26 April 2008 01:14 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, I'm a smoker + I hairline fractured my right ankle a couple years ago and never really had it treated = I will probably never play in a pickup game again in my life. Which sucks.

Clay, Saturday, 26 April 2008 01:33 (eleven years ago) link

haha i've probably fractured mine or worse half a dozen times, i don't know what it would take to actually have them looked at by a doctor, now one of my ankles clicks just about every step i take but it doesn't really hurt anymore. last week i thought about picking up some 9.99 starburys to replace my tim duncans (!), i don't learn i guess. can't bring myself to buy nikes but the non-sweatshop shits suck for the most part.

tremendoid, Saturday, 26 April 2008 01:55 (eleven years ago) link

god, mine still hurts like hell, particularly in the winter and occasionally just fucking buckles on me and I nearly fall over. This is most awesome when crossing streets.

Clay, Saturday, 26 April 2008 02:01 (eleven years ago) link

i play when i can, which isn't much these days. my handle has left me completely. more than one dribble with the left is an adventure.

hytop, Saturday, 26 April 2008 02:14 (eleven years ago) link

i use the racquetball court at a gym that doubles as a b-ball half-court. i'd rather use an outdoor court but i don't know of one near me. hadn't really played in years but my shot came back pretty quick

am0n, Saturday, 26 April 2008 18:29 (eleven years ago) link

i love playing pickup basketball #1 advantage of free gym @ college

J0rdan S., Saturday, 26 April 2008 18:31 (eleven years ago) link

i am only okay but soooo much fun

J0rdan S., Saturday, 26 April 2008 18:31 (eleven years ago) link

actually i just thought of one court that i could probably walk to. just need a ball pump

am0n, Saturday, 26 April 2008 18:33 (eleven years ago) link

I'm saving my body for old age. Hard cuts to the basket are not part of the program. I like to walk too much to chance it.

Aimless, Saturday, 26 April 2008 18:44 (eleven years ago) link

just camp out and shoot threes

hytop, Saturday, 26 April 2008 20:42 (eleven years ago) link

I will fuck you all up. I hadn't played all that much in the last few years , but started playing more often recently with this dude from work. He works out every day and runs full court games at his gym 6X/week. I SUCK at decision-making in a 5on5 game, but made him eat his trash-talking words in 1on1. He's Mr Testosterone and takes shit way too seriously, which is pretty annoying but I still have fun.

Granny Dainger, Saturday, 26 April 2008 23:23 (eleven years ago) link

just remembered this is like a 5 min from me but the names on the wall make it look like some "locals only" shit.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/188/442365195_d1b606bf52_o.jpg

am0n, Sunday, 27 April 2008 00:18 (eleven years ago) link

lol n e 1 here got mad ups??? i'll be the first to admit i can't even come close to dunking

am0n, Sunday, 27 April 2008 00:21 (eleven years ago) link

http://cache.kotaku.com/assets/resources/2006/11/WMCJ.jpg

am0n, Sunday, 27 April 2008 00:22 (eleven years ago) link

i can barely touch rim and my hands are smaller than 95% of girls I've known. So nope, can't dunk neither.

Granny Dainger, Sunday, 27 April 2008 01:08 (eleven years ago) link

i think i can get like halfway up the net or some shit on a good day

J0rdan S., Sunday, 27 April 2008 07:41 (eleven years ago) link

i once did like a rub dunk on a crooked outdoor rim. it was not pretty. my brothers got the good genes.

hytop, Sunday, 27 April 2008 17:03 (eleven years ago) link

thread title makes me think of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0yoPVAOJTk

am0n, Sunday, 27 April 2008 20:25 (eleven years ago) link

grazed the rim once or twice back in high school days. how tall are u guys? i'm about 5'11 and i can probably barely touch the net now

6335, Sunday, 27 April 2008 20:48 (eleven years ago) link

oh come on, even a 5'11" with laimbeer hops could easily touch net. (I'm 6ft, 170. Just like AI!)

Granny Dainger, Monday, 28 April 2008 13:20 (eleven years ago) link

I rolled my ankle something fierce at a pick up game on saturday. swelling is down now but I’m still listed as day to day.

carne asada, Monday, 28 April 2008 14:12 (eleven years ago) link

last week i thought about picking up some 9.99 starburys to replace my tim duncans (!), i don't learn i guess. can't bring myself to buy nikes but the non-sweatshop shits suck for the most part.

-- tremendoid, Friday, April 25, 2008 9:55 PM (3 days ago) Bookmark Link

dude no youve probably heard this but everyone says those shits fuck up yr feet

its pretty sad cause what a great - lol right after they came out and people started complaining abt their feet marbury was all wtf i wear them theyre great - of course he was out w/a foot injury at the time

shaq has some wicked cheap shoes too http://payless.resultspage.com/shoes/Shaquille

my current dedicated basketball intended for tennis foot environment http://i30.tinypic.com/rbilbn.jpg

jhøshea, Monday, 28 April 2008 14:32 (eleven years ago) link

i played almost everyday from 8 to 19 but the last time i played was about 13 years ago in york beach, maine. i was abused by some 6' 7" 17 year old. my tar-coated lungs just couldn't get it done. it was embarrassing.

my heart would probably explode if i tried to play a full court game today.

chicago kevin, Monday, 28 April 2008 15:52 (eleven years ago) link

eh yr a wirey guy right - i bet you could get back in shape pretty easily - it the extra weight thatll really hold you back

jhøshea, Monday, 28 April 2008 16:56 (eleven years ago) link

wiry, skeletal, whatever. mid 30s, smoking for over half my life now, not sure i could actually get back in shape. i'll bet i could still nail the open j though.

chicago kevin, Monday, 28 April 2008 17:26 (eleven years ago) link

"either you slangin' crack-rock or you got a wicked jump shot"

carne asada, Monday, 28 April 2008 17:36 (eleven years ago) link

annoying playground ball trend, pt 1: you score 15 or so quick points in 21 or 32, and then mofos start playing "defense" on you ie hacking like mad
annoying playground ball trend, pt 2: 3 other dudes playing, you come in, and no one wants to play 2 on 2, just 1 on 1 b.s.

Granny Dainger, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 01:03 (eleven years ago) link

omg ive been so on fire the last couple days - yesterday i mustve shot like 15/22 over the course of three games of 4 on 4 to 16 - hitting crazy threes off the dribble off balance floaters layups high of the glass everything - against good players too!

jhøshea, Thursday, 8 May 2008 13:09 (eleven years ago) link

i'm going to try and get back out there this weekend. hope the ankle holds up.

carne asada, Thursday, 8 May 2008 13:43 (eleven years ago) link

do you have any sort of brace? i bought one a couple years ago, but I think it's too small cause there's more pain with wearing it than without.

Granny Dainger, Thursday, 8 May 2008 14:08 (eleven years ago) link

yah prob too small - do you do any sort of strengthening exercises? def worthwhile. weird muscular over compensation/weakening as the result of a single injury is often what leads to the chronic variety.

jhøshea, Thursday, 8 May 2008 14:12 (eleven years ago) link

i don't have a brace. i was just gonna go with a tape wrap and see how it feels.

carne asada, Thursday, 8 May 2008 14:34 (eleven years ago) link

it doesnt count if u only play against white ppl btw

cankles, Thursday, 8 May 2008 18:00 (eleven years ago) link

well duh

Granny Dainger, Thursday, 8 May 2008 18:12 (eleven years ago) link

LOL! i play against a lot of filipinos. i dominate the boards but the dudes kill me with their quicks. i pretty much suck. it all about the cardio workout for me anyways.

carne asada, Thursday, 8 May 2008 18:34 (eleven years ago) link

for the record canky where i play its abt 50/50 white/black w/one puerto rican dude whos better than everyone

jhøshea, Thursday, 8 May 2008 18:39 (eleven years ago) link

"some of my best teammates have been black!!"

am0n, Thursday, 8 May 2008 19:40 (eleven years ago) link

running the pnr w the puerto rican guy was the easiest basket ball has ever been for me hed make this big perfect target and just catch the ball on the run and finish like nbd

lag∞n, Friday, 9 November 2018 00:57 (one year ago) link

guys who run everywhere and are good at shooting are the worst fn reggie millers, on the other hand i enjoy the challenge of guarding good drivers

mookieproof, Friday, 9 November 2018 01:44 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Getting frustrated w everyone coming up court, dribbling thru their legs for 20 secs, and then launching a Steph-range 3. Nobody makes a pass just for ball movement; if they can't get a sure assist, they hold onto the ball. Even still, I saw like 3 assists in 2 hours from guys who aren't me. Lot of these guys played in high school so they should have better habits. Although I think some of it is they felt confined by playing under a coach and open gym is their time to let loose.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 1 February 2019 17:01 (ten months ago) link

ball movement is harder among guys that never play together

been getting a hankering to play again but my all lifting regimen and my age make me feel not quite in shape for it. Debating whether to change up my workout with the goal of being in shape to play in spring/summer.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 1 February 2019 19:14 (ten months ago) link

I've prob mentioned it here before but there's a regular at our runs who is turning 80 soon! Granted he can only play half court games.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 1 February 2019 19:24 (ten months ago) link

one month passes...

I'm shooting 100% in my league. 2 for 2 lol. Swished a 3, reverse flipped in a alley oop layup off an inbounds. Had a few nice passes too. But dropped a good dish from teammate and let a guy score too easily on breakaway even after I got in front of him.
Spent most of time watching our 19 yr old hot shot take 25 footers ugh.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 03:16 (nine months ago) link

three months pass...

i think olympic lifting is the best exercise ive ever done for staying in shape for basketball, i hadnt played in ages before yesterday and i felt pretty fine (except my shot being trash haha) and today my legs dont even feel that dead

lag∞n, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 16:05 (five months ago) link

makes sense explosive jumping movements and all

lag∞n, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 16:06 (five months ago) link

glad to hear that, given your advanced age!
bball purposes is the only reason I ever think "yeah I wanna be stronger". sucks getting beaten on a play by someone with less skills but more muscles.
we were supposed to have a league game last night but other team forfeited so they could watch the Finals lol

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 16:22 (five months ago) link

haa

lag∞n, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 16:26 (five months ago) link

bball purposes is the only reason I ever think "yeah I wanna be stronger".


Otm. Only reason I’m in halfway decent shape. What are some of the lifts you’re doing goon? I’m just doing squat and bench mostly

Heez, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 16:34 (five months ago) link

just clean n jerk and ancillary lifts recently (front squats, rows, overhead press), its an explosive movement so applies better to basketball than powerlifts prob, also its so technical which is fascinating to me love to work on the form, u cn just do cleans too to get started prob easier than trying to learn both parts at once

lag∞n, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 17:41 (five months ago) link

one cool thing about the clean is the basic movement is jumping, and then youre transferring that energy into the bar, so a lot of the form u can figure out just based on whats the best way to jump

lag∞n, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 17:42 (five months ago) link

its a violent action tho so start out real light and concentrate on form not how much u cn yoink up otherwise its a pretty big injury vector

lag∞n, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 17:44 (five months ago) link

also try to find youtubes by actual olympic lifters not crossfit or powerlifters

lag∞n, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 17:45 (five months ago) link

check out this big boy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr-uEw05lUI

lag∞n, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 18:44 (five months ago) link

Nice I used to do cleans minus the jerk part so I could prob handle it. What I really need is to improve my footwork. I used to have post moves and now it’s just me pivoting and pump faking while my defender kind of slowly moves along with me

Heez, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 20:36 (five months ago) link

taking very long steps is something thats worked for me, whether in a euro configuration or just straight line drive, seems to throw defenders off

lag∞n, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 20:39 (five months ago) link

imo just work on sick crossovers

big city slam (Spottie), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 20:54 (five months ago) link

I’m just mastering the old man fade away

Heez, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 21:13 (five months ago) link

old men dont fade away, old men up and under

big city slam (Spottie), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 21:19 (five months ago) link

fake the fadeaway while posted up and then up n under is nearly impossible for avg pickup game defender to stop. you can cover so much ground even w/o having your dribble.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 22:00 (five months ago) link

nothing better than hitting randoms at the gym with an up and under over and over.

big city slam (Spottie), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 22:01 (five months ago) link

four months pass...

Guy who played semi-pro ball (in the ABA. which I was initially super impressed by...but turns out it has no affiliation with the old ABA. uses the same red-white-blue ball though. It's a step below the G League) started coming to my open gym nights. We basically have to give him the 3 worst players in 4 on 4 games to have it be even. Even then, other team will be up by a bunch and he'll just go ok lemme swish 5 step back 3's from pro range with a hand in my face to get this W really quick.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 18 October 2019 19:21 (one month ago) link

lol

it really is a different world

mookieproof, Friday, 18 October 2019 19:25 (one month ago) link

thank god he's not super tall (6'2") or I'd have no hope of defending him

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 18 October 2019 20:28 (one month ago) link

There was an argument over whose ball it was. He said he'll shoot for it. I say uh yeah if you shoot from 3 with your left hand. He smiles at me and swishes it. "haha fuck you man" I say.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 18 October 2019 20:30 (one month ago) link

https://www.lmtonline.com/sports/article/Swarm-in-SA-after-roster-shakeup-ends-losing-10907808.php

He's Cam. So 2.5 yrs ago was getting paid to play ball. I couldn't even make my middle school team lol (though I would've made his middle school team. less competition out here).

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 18 October 2019 20:35 (one month ago) link

hype video!!

mookieproof, Friday, 18 October 2019 20:43 (one month ago) link

lol Killa Cam. Bet he gave himself that nickname.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 18 October 2019 20:45 (one month ago) link

Cacciatore huh? Harden should just let him have the cooking celebration with a name like that

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Friday, 18 October 2019 21:14 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

This new guy showed up to invite-only run at this Mormon church. After 5 mins of full court action, he was totally gassed and sat out for a few minutes, then finished the game. Could tell he was still completely exhausted and trying to catch his breath. I stepped out to go blow my nose in bathroom, come back and dude is passed out on floor convulsing. Yeesh. Apparently he stood up and blacked out, crashed to the floor and smacked his head hard. Quite a bit of blood on the court.
He was fairly lucid by time paramedics arrived, and was able to walk out on his own and get driven to the hospital to stitch up the gash in back of his head. Crazy.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 21 November 2019 18:18 (two weeks ago) link

Some non-hooping Mormons came over to see what was going on, and offered to give him a blessing. He accepted. One of them had a lil vial of holy water that they splashed on him I think? Very bizarre thing to witness for someone like me who was raised without religion.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 21 November 2019 18:19 (two weeks ago) link

fuck

lag∞n, Thursday, 21 November 2019 19:37 (two weeks ago) link

think i prob mentioned itt when it happened that i broke a guys nose w the top of my head driving to the hole

lag∞n, Thursday, 21 November 2019 19:38 (two weeks ago) link

block or charge

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 21 November 2019 19:59 (two weeks ago) link

think i prob mentioned itt when it happened that i broke a guys nose w the top of my head driving to the hole

― lag∞n, Thursday, November 21, 2019 2:38 PM (twenty-two minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

did this to one of my best friends about a year ago tok

k3vin k., Thursday, 21 November 2019 20:01 (two weeks ago) link

Damn hope that guy got checked out a bit beyond the stitches, convulsing after a blow to the back of the head is a bad sign.

omar little, Thursday, 21 November 2019 20:21 (two weeks ago) link

sounds intense dang

de-mamba mentality (Spottie), Thursday, 21 November 2019 20:22 (two weeks ago) link

damn that's really scary.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 21 November 2019 20:54 (two weeks ago) link

yeah I hope hospital staff were thorough, but he was answering all the paramedic's questions (eg what day of the week is it, what's your DOB, etc) correctly. I guess symptoms from a head injury can not show up days later tho? was just good to see him walking, giving everyone daps on the way out.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 21 November 2019 21:10 (two weeks ago) link

block or charge

― A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, November 21, 2019 2:59 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

think it was a block but tight call def

lag∞n, Friday, 22 November 2019 05:20 (two weeks ago) link

https://imgur.com/a/pp07rSh

dude was running from cops and gave himself up right in front of the hoops I was at yesterday. Sounded like caught soliciting underage sex. Yeesh stay classy Cottonwood.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Monday, 25 November 2019 21:56 (one week ago) link

So that guy who fainted and cut open his head last week died. Crazy. Apparently was headed to Phoenix for more testing and died en route. They think this head injury was the last straw following several of them when he was younger and played football. Such a sad story. If he didn't try standing up while lightheaded, would prob still be alive.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 04:37 (one week ago) link

Died 2 days ago so it was several days after his injury.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 04:38 (one week ago) link

holy cow

gbx, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 04:39 (one week ago) link

Wow man wtf that is insane

de-mamba mentality (Spottie), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 04:49 (one week ago) link

jeez

k3vin k., Wednesday, 27 November 2019 10:46 (one week ago) link

yeesh

micah, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 12:33 (one week ago) link

Holy shit that’s awful

omar little, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 16:26 (one week ago) link


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