Backyard Basketball Court

Having had an avid love for basketball that has lasted my entire life, one of my lifelong goals was to be able to have a basketball court installed in my own backyard.

Over the years, I have spent much of my time working from home, and during nearly every break from work that I took, I was always longing to shoot a couple hoops before getting right back to work. The problem was, the only hoops nearby were at parks or at the local gym.

After years of dedicated work and building up enough savings, I have finally done it! I live in Nor Cal, and hired a Stockton concrete contractor to install a concrete court in my backyard where I installed my own full size hoop into the ground. I love it, what do you guys think of this court?

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My Son’s First League Games

Though I am still fond of the game of basketball, yet no more infatuated about it…..

 

Why?

 

For the simple reason that during my teenage years, I used to sustain pain to my hips and legs, while playing this game. Movements such as spinning around, rushing, hopping and bouncing back——all these would position additional wrench on my legs and hips. However, my ten year old son by some means seems to have an inborn liking for this game. So I decided to become a knowledgeable instructor not only for my Andrew but also for his teammates. The entire idea was to facilitate the making of a superb capable basketball group. Consequently I composed a precise plan with emphasis on physical exercises meant to improve the strength of those kids along with intellectual preparation to assist the young performers to identify the moves of the rival group and take appropriate action with swift reflexes.

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More Basketball in the New Year

2017 isn’t just a thought anymore, it’s here. Like every new year’s resolution- people are always constantly finding new things to improve upon as the new year starts. For many people physical health and wealth are the biggest new years resolutions. If you haven’t already noticed, I’m pretty obsessed about basketball. I’ve always had a love for the game. What better way to show my love for the game, than to make it a point to play more during the new year?

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Becoming a better basketball player has always been on my mind, but it does take a lot of time and effort to become the best you can. There are so many different components of a basketball players game that must be addressed and perfected. Every time I step on the basketball court it’s always a pleasure and something I look forward to everyday. Like most people, I have a regular day job working 9 to 5; so when I have the time during the end of the day to release tension and shoot some hoops it’s always a plus.

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Basketball Fitness Training

Just like any sport in the world, fitness is vital to be at the top your game. You never want to learn this that hard way. Growing up in school, kids would play basketball or soccer at recess everyday. Through playing the game kids would get into “basketball shape” but rarely would kids train in gyms on their spare time. When you start to get older, your fitness level becomes even more important than before. If you neglect the fitness training required to become a better athlete, than it will certainly show on the court. If professional athletes are constantly getting better in the weight room, shouldn’t you? The answer is of course. Basketball is no exception. In fact being in shape may be the most important factor when it comes to game day play. Years and years of dribbling, shooting, and passing will naturally show in the game, but the athletes that are in top physical condition will separate from the pack. Just like any other sport there are certain areas of fitness that must be addressed regularly. Strength training, cardio-vascular training, and flexibility training should be taken seriously to become a great basketball player.

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Basketball Cardio and Fat-Loss

basketball cardioBasketball isn’t only for the competitive types of people. The sport is also for people who are looking for a great way to stay in shape, burn some fat, and it’s way more fun than running on the treadmill.

Basketball is a game that requires the ability to be somewhat in good physical shape. The good thing about basketball playing though, is all you need is a ball and a hoop, which can be indoor or outside.

How to Lose Fat and Get in Shape Playing Basketball

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Improving Your Free Throw

kobe free throwsFree throws should be the easiest shot for anyone to make. It’s shot from the exact same position on the court every time. There is no defender in the way, and if you have the home court or are playing a game of 21, there is much less distraction. Free throws take practice, but most of all, it takes knowledge of just knowing how to correctly shoot the free throw. Every person has the ability to make a high percentage of free throws, they just have to know how to correctly shoot free throws. Shooting from the same location, without defense, and being able to go through your procedure should allow every player to be a quality free throw shooter. If you cannot make 70% of your free throws, we need to make some adjustments.

There are a few different schools of thought for free throw shooting. Part of what goes into a good free throw shot that consistently goes in is having good form, a routine, and a clear though process. Continue reading “Improving Your Free Throw”

Rebounding

Rebounding is one of the major stat lines taken into account during games of basketball. While it may not be as glamorized in professional leagues or in games on the street, rebounding is one of the most important aspects of the game.

basketball reboundingNo matter the position, rebounding is an extremely beneficial thing to do to help increase your teams likelihood of securing a win. It’s not just for the big guys on the court, the guards who can pull down rebounds are a major threat to the other teams and help serve as all around weapons on the court. Many games can be decided by the team that collects the most boards, and however many members of the team that go to grab rebounds can determine who is going to come out of the game victorious.
Here are some tips to help improve the rebounding ability for yourself or your players.

Rebounding Tips

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Basketball Memories

Basketball has always been my first love, I remember growing up always having a basketball in my hands at recess and after school. If you ever saw me as a kid, I always had a basketball in my hand.  Just like everything else in life, if you want to be great at anything it takes constant, quality repetition.  If you don’t put in the hours, days, and weeks into some endeavors than you want to be successful at nothing will come about.  If you want something, in my case it was basketball handling skills, than you have to become a fanatic.  I wasn’t born a six foot eight inches freak of nature athlete, dunking on everybody.  I had to develop into being a smart player, using the whole court whether it was passing, defense, three point shots, plays etc.  Growing up I was never going to be a center or power forward.  What most professional basketball players with my size were playing, was more so guards or shooting guards.  A tremendous amount of skill must be continually growing to have all the necessary ball handling, shooting, defensive, and play making skills to become a great guard.  

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Travel Basketball and AAU

Although I grew up living a privileged neighborhood playing for an elementary school team full of skilled players, the school season of basketball wasn’t enough for my itching craving of playing basketball at any possible moment, and my parents knew it.

AAU (Amatuer Athletic Union) basketball was a godsend for my family. It gave us the chance to travel to different cities and play against incredibly skilled players that we normally wouldn’t have had the opportunity to play against. Playing for different AAU basketball teams were some of the best times I had in my life. Other than the time I woke up with bed bug bites all over my body in a hotel room in the bay area, I hold all of my travel basketball memories very fondly.

aau basketball The AAU basketball players often hold an advantage over those who don’t play in the league, or other similar travel team leagues. There are also some aspects of AAU that just straight up suck. I will explain my reasoning for both perspectives.  Continue reading “Travel Basketball and AAU”

The Art of the SkyHook

kareem abdul jabbar skyhook

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is by far the leading scorer in the history of the NBA. He utilized the greatest shot that the Association, and any other basketball leagues had ever seen, yet, following his departure, it has not been utilized by today’s breed of players.

The skyhook has essentially disappeared from the tool belts of basketball players of today, which seems absolutely absurd in the eyes of people who saw just how dominant the shot was for Kareem.

Abdul-Jabbar put a lot of effort into making sure his hook shot was perfected. If the generation of today took note on how much their games would be elevated with the skyhook in their arsenal, they should be considered crazy to not practice it. Continue reading “The Art of the SkyHook”