Basketball Players, Beware of This Man August 21, 2007Posted by Marquis Chapman in Basketball, NBA, Sports.
If you’re a person that loves to play basketball and get a pick up game going, it would only be fair to warn you of this man I’m about to talk about. This man has appeared in every basketball gym and park you can think of and is notorious for ruining thousands of pick up games a year. We have all been victims at one time or another, and if you haven’t seen him yet, you should be be extremely careful if you don’t want to be the next victim.
The man I’m talking about is that middle aged guy that plays with the young guys in an attempt to relive his glory days. We’ll just call him “old school.” He comes in many shapes and forms, but he is always easy to spot. My objective here is to help you spot him so you don’t become yet another victim. I’m going to describe some instant giveaways that the old guy you’re playing might very well be “old school”.
Beside age, the easiest way to spot “old school” is to look at his attire. Usually he’ll be wearing some type of clothing that belonged to him in high school or college. It might be a jersey, might be some shorts, or it might even be a headband. In addition to that, he most likely will be wearing knee pads, elbow pads, high socks, a huge mouthpiece, and possibly goggles.
If your unable to judge by clothing, just pay close attention to the way he acts or what he says while warming up. If he takes an extremely long time to warm up due to his hour long stretching routine, he’s “old school”. If he’s extremely siked up to play, he’s “old school”. If he attempts a hook shot, he’s “old school”. If he shoots with two hands, he’s “old school”. If he at anytime starts talking about an amazing play he did back in high school, he’s definately “old school”.
These are all great signs in order for any baller to spot “old school”. The most obvious signs however, are when you actually start playing with him. This is the part where the pick up game gets ruined, and you and your friends become victims.
Now, the first thing to pick up on is if he’s talking more than he’s playing. He’ll be talking trash to everyone, and won’t be doing anything significant on offense and defense. He’ll also attempt to play physical by hacking you when playing defense, but will definately not allow you to be physical with him, by calling a foul almost everytime he has the ball. Also, due to his age, he will hold the ball noticeably longer than usual in an effort to catch his breath. These are just some of the most obvious signs that you’re probably playing with “old school.”
I sincerely hope that this article will help any basketball player that has not yet come in contact with “old school”. I myself was a victim a couple of years ago and vowed to protect other would-be-victims. If you have not yet been a victim, I hope you remember my signs and please, always remember to play with caution.