Panama (spwebdesign) wrote,

Just got back from playing about 3 hours of basketball with Bri, and I'm really pleased with the way my game is improving in a short period of time. I wasn't on fire shooting the ball like I was on Monday, but I was hitting a decent percentage (for me) of my shots. Heck, I started out with two straight "nothing but net" shots from the top of the key, after which Bri gave me one of those "Who are you and what have you done with Derek" looks.

The important things is that I am using my size more to my advantage: I'm being more physical on both sides of the ball and getting closer to the basket on offense and using the backboard more effectively to improve my shot percentages. The improvements are most noticeable when I play one-on-one or two-on-two, where the court isn't as crowded as in a five-on-five game and I can back up into the key without worrying about having the ball stolen. (I'm a horrible dribbler!) On offense I'm moving around a lot and setting good picks. Several of my picks and screens led directly to points for my teammates. On defense I'm staying with my man tighter and am less prone to being faked out. And if you try to set a pick on me, watch out! You'd better be big and strong or well planted, because if I know the pick is there (and someone usually calls it out) I lower my shoulder and go right through it.

I still pretty much suck, but I am worlds better than I was a few weeks ago. I'm never going to be Hakeem Olajuwon, but it's the improvement that pleases me.

And it's so much fun getting out there, working up a sweat for a few hours, and meeting a bunch of random people from diverse backgrounds who are just looking for a little fun and gamesmanship.
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