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auragin_boi
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"Old Man Basketball Diaries: The un-retirement of the semi-retirement"
Fri Jun-08-18 02:10 PM by auragin_boi

  

          

I haven't hooped since April 2017 (injury...sever bone bruise sat me down for 3 months almost, then life the rest of the way after that).

I'm going to hoop tomorrow for the first time in a little over 13 months.

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Pray for me y'all lol

I've probably gained a smooth 15-20lbs. Dropped about 7 of that swimming for the last 2 weeks.

If I make it out of this without a sprained ankle, pulled hammy or calf strain, it'll be mission accomplished.

I fully expect my game to be hot garbage and my lungs to be on fire.

LOL

As long as I don't die...Basketball Gods, please don't let me die! lol

<---The Coon Chicken Inn
(Salt Lake City, Portland, Seattle)

  

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Subject Author Message Date ID
Lets get it
Jun 08th 2018
1
Man, I feel for you...Plantar is no joke
Jun 08th 2018
2
      RE: Man, I feel for you...Plantar is no joke
Jun 08th 2018
3
           I only do the before dose if it's been a while or I'm playing
Jun 08th 2018
5
           I'm dealing with plantar now.
Jun 08th 2018
9
                Smart feet inserts+ brace at night time
Jun 08th 2018
10
                     how did you guys first notice the symptoms?
Jun 10th 2018
19
                          or does it only really occur in the heel? pain seems similar
Jun 10th 2018
20
                          Mine was heel to lower arch, but on outside of arch
Jun 10th 2018
21
                          for me, the biggest symptom
Jun 12th 2018
36
                          Heel pain for me
Jun 11th 2018
25
                          That's not plantar fasciitis
Jun 12th 2018
35
                               right it seems to be over-used, which is why i wasn't sure
Jun 12th 2018
38
I’m toying with finding an over 40 y league
Jun 08th 2018
4
LOL @ Sitting in the car
Jun 08th 2018
6
they are out there, there are some older guys with a regular game
Jun 10th 2018
18
My pickup run died out, smh
Jun 08th 2018
7
Had the same thing happen to me beginning of last year
Jun 08th 2018
8
      I feel like I’m wasting valuable time
Jun 12th 2018
41
           I didn't feel this way until this yr
Jun 13th 2018
42
Man, you are well ahead of me. Started shooting around
Jun 08th 2018
11
Still alive and in uninjured!!!!
Jun 09th 2018
12
lmao, man we SO old
Jun 10th 2018
15
Shels...we ARE but I was proud AF!
Jun 11th 2018
22
get your legs/core stronger and shoot a lot
Jun 10th 2018
17
Yeah, I said the same thing to myself when I left the gym CC
Jun 11th 2018
23
Good deal...
Jun 11th 2018
26
RE: Old Man Basketball Diaries: The un-retirement of the semi-retirement
Jun 09th 2018
13
^^^Got that old man shoe game advice lol
Jun 11th 2018
28
RE: ^^^Got that old man shoe game advice lol
Jun 11th 2018
31
I liked that Harden 1 a lot although the Boost is deceptive
Jun 11th 2018
33
Three minor injuries in a month for me.
Jun 10th 2018
14
Man, I be trying to avoid face injuries...I hate those
Jun 11th 2018
24
face injuries are the WORST
Jun 11th 2018
29
I am reaching the nagging injury stage but I refuse to slow down
Jun 10th 2018
16
You still at the point where 4-5 days a week makes sense
Jun 11th 2018
27
      I'm at that stage where my mind knows but the body doesnt follow
Jun 11th 2018
32
Dislocated finger off my own thigh a few weeks ago...rehabbin now
Jun 11th 2018
30
Sheeiiittt...I can't even get a run in anymore
Jun 11th 2018
34
worst part of playing for me
Jun 12th 2018
37
lol most pickup games just have five guys standing around the arc
Jun 12th 2018
39
      Smh, I couldn’t do it
Jun 12th 2018
40
           The thing is that with no free throws, posting up/driving is thankless
Jun 13th 2018
43
                Yeah, I understand how that could ruin it
Jun 13th 2018
44
                I'm with DJR on this one...gotta be playing with the right group
Jun 13th 2018
45
                     I mean banging in the post is OK but sloppy or intentional fouls, nah
Jun 13th 2018
46
                          Well, you hit a few, you can expect intentionals anyway
Jun 14th 2018
47
                          Forgot to mention my run was 4 on 4 in an elementary school gym
Jun 14th 2018
52
                               I *love* playing 4on4 full-court
Jun 14th 2018
53
Playing 1’s and 2’s kill me
Jun 14th 2018
48
We (old heads) argue with the young dudes all the time about this
Jun 14th 2018
49
We always lose track of the score so playin past 11 is a problem too
Jun 14th 2018
51
Same here. Exercise only.
Jun 14th 2018
50
It turns into all 2s and the game gets dull
Jun 14th 2018
54

bnicedh
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1. "Lets get it"
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I am starting the trek myself after a long layoff. I gained 20lbs recently (wife had our son) so now that I can get more than 5 hours sleep (LOL) back to the court I go. Plus a new rec center opened up near my house so I gotta check it out.

Also, getting through pain free is my MAIN thing. I suffer from plantar fasciitis (worst pain you'll ever feel and worst injury to have as far as basketball is concern). I have been to 4 different doctors, cortisone shots, shoe lifts and MRI. Hopefully I can stay in one piece.

  

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auragin_boi
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2. "Man, I feel for you...Plantar is no joke"
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I've had strains in my feet and THAT sucked. Couldn't imagine dealing with that full time.

I'm going to stretch like an old a** man before I go out there. lol

And I'm pounding ibuprofen when I get home. If I can make it through tomorrow relatively unscathed, I think I can get back on track.

<---The Coon Chicken Inn
(Salt Lake City, Portland, Seattle)

  

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bnicedh
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3. "RE: Man, I feel for you...Plantar is no joke"
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Its crazy...you take one bad step and your managing pain for almost a week. And LOL @ stretching but hey...we do what we gotta do. I'm going to put on a stretching exhibition, LOL!

Yep, I got my Motrin ready...I take it an hour or so before playing (Motrin, banana for potassium and water) before I played when I first hurt it. I am going to have to double up now...LOL!


  

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auragin_boi
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5. "I only do the before dose if it's been a while or I'm playing"
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a few days in a row.

>Its crazy...you take one bad step and your managing pain for
>almost a week. And LOL @ stretching but hey...we do what we
>gotta do. I'm going to put on a stretching exhibition, LOL!

Exactly, I'll be damned if I pull up limp because I didn't warm up enough.

>Yep, I got my Motrin ready...I take it an hour or so before
>playing (Motrin, banana for potassium and water) before I
>played when I first hurt it. I am going to have to double up
>now...LOL!

Yeah, I'll be doing before and after doses tomorrow. LOL

<---The Coon Chicken Inn
(Salt Lake City, Portland, Seattle)

  

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9. "I'm dealing with plantar now."
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mine come from me running more lately. its not horrible since I started managing it before it got bad.

had it in my other left foot last time. didn't know what it was and it got bad. shots helped tho.

nah, you trippin

  

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10. "Smart feet inserts+ brace at night time"
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Haven'tvhad a flair up in 3 years. It was an every few months thing for a while

These joints or the ace brand you can get at CVS

AEXCare Foot Brace Plantar Fasciitis Night / Day Splint, Injury Support for Heel Pain Relief, Adjustable https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07831G3MD/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_LbXgBbGBZ0MW9

  

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ConcreteCharlie
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19. "how did you guys first notice the symptoms?"
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i am having sort of a mystery issue around the ball of my left foot and big toe. at first it was a medial side discomfort at the medial side where the ball of the foot comes up the side but i thought it was just callous/blisters and i could take care of it easily. but for the last week, every other run i get a deep ache in the ball of my foot and the bottom of my big toe. sound familiar?

And you will know MY JACKET IS GOLD when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

  

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ConcreteCharlie
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20. "or does it only really occur in the heel? pain seems similar"
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And you will know MY JACKET IS GOLD when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

  

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calminvasion
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21. "Mine was heel to lower arch, but on outside of arch"
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Sun Jun-10-18 06:30 PM by calminvasion

  

          

Leading to big toe. But no pain in forward of foot or toe

  

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36. "for me, the biggest symptom"
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was when I got out of bed in the morn. the first few steps were really painful on the inside of my foot, from the arch to the heel. after several steps, the pain would go away.

I never had pain while active. it never hurt during running or while playing ball. after periods of rest is when the pain happens.

nah, you trippin

  

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25. "Heel pain for me"
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I didnt know something was wrong til it was too late. It happened so fast. One Saturday, I played ball with the fellas as normal. My feet were hurting but nothing too serious, I thought normal soreness (we would play 3 hours at a time). The next day I could BARELY walk. So its hard to say how this thing happens.

  

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LA2Philly
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35. "That's not plantar fasciitis"
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Tue Jun-12-18 11:00 AM by LA2Philly

  

          

But it could also be a handful of other things based on location alone. The foot (and hand) are very distinct in your brain's homunculus so pain location can be trusted.

Just for reference, plantar fasciitis has become a garbage term for any pain on the bottom of the foot.

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"have fun reveling in your pettiness tho" (C) Dula summing up 98% of OKS

"I didnt finish a damn thing...matter of fact I jerked off after she left."
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L D E A

  

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38. "right it seems to be over-used, which is why i wasn't sure"
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usually i hear it's a rear-foot issue. i remember when tim duncan and pau had it hearing some detail about it.

i worked on my foot a little basically trying to get any kind of protrusion out of the equation. i guess the pain on the bottom is totally new, not sure what's going on there. probably will stop varying shoes so much also, try to narrow down any variables.

And you will know MY JACKET IS GOLD when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

  

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4. "I’m toying with finding an over 40 y league "
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It’s the worst idea. My knees hurt right now, sitting in this car.

But I got the itch.

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bshelly

"You (Fisher) could get fired, Les Snead could get fired, Kevin Demoff could get fired, but I will always be Eric Dickerson.” (c) The God

  

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6. "LOL @ Sitting in the car"
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surprisingly, my knees have been cool during this break. My back on the other hand...anytime I try to do anything not normal, back be like "uh, hol up bruh! you gonna try this without stretching me out...NAH, take this tightness with you and sityoass down!"

The swimming has helped with the back though. Now I am afraid for my knees. Not as much as I am for my hammys, ankles and calves.

I ain't touching a league until the fall. I need to feel like I have game again before I try anything organized.

<---The Coon Chicken Inn
(Salt Lake City, Portland, Seattle)

  

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18. "they are out there, there are some older guys with a regular game"
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at my gym but its MWF at 10AM, i am not checking for that. it's nice to play against older guys when you can though, there were some cuchos in colombia with an afternoon game that i always liked playing with because they were slower and more willing passers (though some of them were surprisingly immature lol).

i play against younger guys mostly now, anywhere from 16 to 25. sometimes i even work with them a little on their game, i got one kid (HS senior) to improve his shot dramatically with some simple pointers. another kid i worked with in colombia is playing professionally now though i had a very small part in his success. we still talk from afar and review stuff. there is a guy at our gym who is definitely going to play college ball but he doesn't need my help. in the past three months he has improved by leaps and bounds, really transitioning from a 5 to a 3 nicely to make the jump to the next level. once in a while i will give him a tip but mostly i get him the ball, i wouldn't be surprised to see him starting for a mid major in 2-3 years (HS junior now).

And you will know MY JACKET IS GOLD when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

  

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7. "My pickup run died out, smh"
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For various reasons. One moved, one’s wife just had a baby, one works evening now, etc. We’d been playing regularly for 3-4 years every year in the fall and spring. We can’t get enough to show up anymore and haven’t played since last fall. I’m feeling good and just itching to play too!

Might have to find a league to join. But our run really was perfect : mostly decent to good players who know how to play, everybody playing hard enough to get a good run in but not getting carried away with it, etc.

I can’t go back to showing up to gyms and just picking up teams. Too many clowns who think they’re Russell Westbrook just pounding that rock and jacking stupid shots, or clowns arguing about the score. I got no time for any of that anymore.

  

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auragin_boi
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8. "Had the same thing happen to me beginning of last year"
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I'd been playing with the same group of regulars at the same Y on the same day at the same time for about 13 yrs. Then a few guys fell off, then a few more until we'd have 6-7 and no options for a full run.

Had to find a different spot at a church not too far away. Some of the old regulars pop in there on occasion but again, I haven't hooped since last April.

Losing my normal run probably helped egg it on.

<---The Coon Chicken Inn
(Salt Lake City, Portland, Seattle)

  

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41. "I feel like I’m wasting valuable time"
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Tue Jun-12-18 08:14 PM by DJR

  

          

Mid-late 20’s I didn’t ever really play consistently in those years.

But I was playing almost as well as I ever had the last couple years. Better diet, consistent workouts, zero injuries, consistently playing....I was doing my best to stave off aging and was playing almost like I did In my early 20’s. Was even going by people and getting to the basket and finishing in traffic once I’d been playing for a month or two....stuff I hadn’t done in years. Clock is ticking. I don’t want to lose a step (or many)by the time I find another good run, because once I do it’s probably permanent spot up shooter time for me.

  

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42. "I didn't feel this way until this yr"
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I was like, "I lost a whole damn year". My original intent was to hang up my sneaks at 50. So I'm going to stick to that but losing a year...a whole year...made me feel like I'm running out of time.

I will never take that much time off again if it isn't injury related...at least until my self proclaimed retirement age of 50.

I don't think I'd gone a month without hooping since I was in middle school if it wasn't injury related (knee surgery knocked me down 6 months 10 yrs ago).

<---The Coon Chicken Inn
(Salt Lake City, Portland, Seattle)

  

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11. "Man, you are well ahead of me. Started shooting around"
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The last few months. My new place is a couple of blocks from a park and outdoor court.

Early Saturdays I go out and shoot. Jumper still ok. But I really have no interest in playing. I've had this Achilles tear fear for years and now that I'm 40 I'm Very cautious.

That said I did get pulled into a 3/3 half court game and did decent. Might start dinner yes more often.

Sad

  

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12. "Still alive and in uninjured!!!!"
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Sat Jun-09-18 01:26 PM by auragin_boi

  

          

Played for about two hours. Almost straight through (sat one game).

Teams I was on went 2-3. I was like 2 for 8 on shots over that time. Shot 3 airballs (two 3's and a long J) and realized jumper is gonna need some work. They lined up well but were about a foot short lol

2 buckets were layups. Played decent D but admittedly I looked for the easiest matchup each game. Still played good team D. Got various steals, blocked a shot. Got a few assist but my strength was rebounding. Led the team there.

Set some good screens too. In short, I wasn't the worst dude on the court due to bball IQ. If I had my offensive game though I think we would have won 4-5 games instead of 2.

No injuries, back was a little tight but nothing I couldn't deal with. Not particularly sore either. Little drained but I'm chilling today outside of maybe some swimming.

Good to be back!

<---The Coon Chicken Inn
(Salt Lake City, Portland, Seattle)

  

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15. "lmao, man we SO old"
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>Set some good screens too.

I'm dying.

No judgement, though, since I got winded shooting for 20 minutes this morning. Granted, it was humid as shit, i was hungover, and i ate shoo fly pie for breakfast, but still.

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22. "Shels...we ARE but I was proud AF!"
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>>Set some good screens too.
>
>I'm dying.
>
>No judgement, though, since I got winded shooting for 20
>minutes this morning. Granted, it was humid as shit, i was
>hungover, and i ate shoo fly pie for breakfast, but still.

The fact that I could take 13 months off and play with guys aged 21-48 and still hold my own...not being the worst guy on the court, being some leg strength, conditioning and jumper away from having great impact...AND I didn't get hurt...W all day. hahahaha

I was a little sore yesterday though. Had to take it a bit easy. Was still mobile but I wasn't doing nothing to strenuous.

<---The Coon Chicken Inn
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17. "get your legs/core stronger and shoot a lot"
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when i first came out i couldnt hit anything outside 15 feet. i started dead lifting and shooting 50 threes a day (sometimes 100) and now my stroke has improved dramatically. my release is never going to be fast but i can catch and shoot decent and if you let me spot up then you better cue mike breen.

And you will know MY JACKET IS GOLD when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

  

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23. "Yeah, I said the same thing to myself when I left the gym CC"
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Legs and core and I need to get up some shots.

I haven't shot on a real hoop the entire time I was out. Like there was NO basketball. I dribbled on occasion but nothing else.

But I'm with you on what I need to do.

<---The Coon Chicken Inn
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26. "Good deal..."
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Glad you're still in one piece. I got the days mixed up and the 30+ night is Monday night so I am playing tonight. I went up there yesterday and shot around. My brother in law is in a league and wants me to play on Thursday nights so I am thinking of that too. Just gotta pace myself.

  

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13. "RE: Old Man Basketball Diaries: The un-retirement of the semi-retirement"
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im 36 asian 150 lbs 18 pct body fat, put a scrub on me and its bbq chicken, can run with the good ballers but always looking to pass and limit my dribbles to less than 5, cant really create my own shot which i used to be able to do, will take 1-2 2 pointers a game and leak out for a few cherry picking layups and mostly spend more energy on d before i get cramps after 3 - 4 games to 15, whats really been helpi g is playing with the james harden volume 2 for the boost cushioning, highly reccommend to old ballers, dont fuck with kyries 2 or 3

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28. "^^^Got that old man shoe game advice lol"
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Man, what are you doing where you cramp after 3-4 games? Sheesh.

You're in such good shape, you should be good. But I guess Father time has 'the talk' with all of us at some point.

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31. "RE: ^^^Got that old man shoe game advice lol"
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i gave up static stretching and just do light warmups, my calves always get tight and i drink a lot of water between games, i have a pretty good verticle which i have to use at times to get boards, since im only 5'8, but that takes alot out of me, i try not to put effort into jumping if i dont have to, i will eventually cramp if i jump too much, ill stretch it out for a bit anf i might be good to go for another 5 min or so

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33. "I liked that Harden 1 a lot although the Boost is deceptive"
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Adidas uses a lot of what I call "decorative Boost" and especially in their bball models like the Hardens and Crazy Explosives. It looks to be a certain volume but if you bust the shoe open you'll see it's less than half of what the midsole appears to be. You can feel it where your foot sides, well below where the Boost comes up ostensibly.

Harden 1 was just a great shoe because it was exceptionally supportive for a low top, had functional (not so much plush) cushioning and had good materials. The two is kinda nice but not crazy about the material setup. Waiting to see if they do a primeknit version eventually.

I hope your cramps get better, have you tried taking a magnesium supplement? That will help you. Just water may not be enough, boost your mineral intake, especially magnesium. I used to get this weird sort of soft spot in my left calf and taking SloMag, Magox or other high quality magnesium supplements got rid of it.

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14. "Three minor injuries in a month for me."
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Had a good run of not getting hurt or nicked up for a few months-- then caught a left ring finger sprain, a black eye, and a TMJ sprain in the span of the last month. Irritating, but I'm counting my blessings that I've yet to pick up some foot/ankle/knee issues in a long time.

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24. "Man, I be trying to avoid face injuries...I hate those"
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anything else, you can kinda play off at work but a black eye or cut, no hiding those and you look like you got mugged and have to answer 7000 questions about it.

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29. "face injuries are the WORST"
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I hope you heal up soon. Those small aggravating injuries can be deflating. Just keep your spirits up, you'll be fine.

  

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16. "I am reaching the nagging injury stage but I refuse to slow down"
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I stopped playing for a long time like eight years and then was kind of on and off. Lately I have been playing a lot, first at the unidad deportiva in Medellin (4-5 times a week) and now the same amount at LA Fitness back in the States. These little fast fuckers are getting a little harder to keep in front of me but I am getting back to owning the glass. Also playing 2s and 1s (which I sort of hate) has forced me to shoot threes regularly for the first time in my life (I had just a good enough long ball to make them guard me up high before). On a good day I can shoot 20 and make 15, average day more like 10, but I've got a good enough stroke to hit them in games. That's been the main thing I have worked on. As a youth player I used to play in the low post but that shit sucks in pickup games, you just get fouled every time. If I score inside it is off a put back or a weakside dive.

But yeah I am very firmly in my 30s now and warmup is so key now. I have to really work to keep my rotator cuffs loose and callouses are a constant nuisance. It's better than a lot of guys though, I see guys out there in their 20s coming off achilles and ACL stuff.

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27. "You still at the point where 4-5 days a week makes sense"
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I could have probably played that much 5 yrs ago. Last year I was doing 2-3 days a week before I sat down.

Going forward it'll probably be 1-2 days and minimal back to backs. I'll just stay a little more active in between hoop days.

And yes, the speed eventually catches up. They get faster, you get slower and smarter (hopefully).

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32. "I'm at that stage where my mind knows but the body doesnt follow"
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but i keep what i do limited, move the ball, spot up, crash the glass. i can still play good post defense but i can't guard anyone quick on the perimeter if we get isolated. i just try to deny the ball and can still do that pretty well.

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30. "Dislocated finger off my own thigh a few weeks ago...rehabbin now"
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Tryna play as much tennis as possible in the meantime to stay in shape & be back on the court next month

  

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34. "Sheeiiittt...I can't even get a run in anymore"
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I'm the old guy shooting on an empty court by myself

...because otherwise, fuck cardio...

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37. "worst part of playing for me"
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is playing with shorter guys as teammates. the always put me at center, but that's not my game. I've always been more a slasher/driver, but not a back to the basket type guy. but since I'm normally taller than a lot of them, I'm the default center. and I'm not even that tall at 6'2.

I can still jump decently and run pretty good. can touch the rim, but no more dunking after acl repair.

played in a parents vs coaches game earlier this year. had folks asking how old I was, lol. guess I'm still in decent shape.

nah, you trippin

  

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39. "lol most pickup games just have five guys standing around the arc"
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2s and 1s really swings the game toward distance shooting.

we are the same height. i play in the high post on offense and dive when the opportunity is there. on defense i play center though, somebody has to rebound.

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40. "Smh, I couldn’t do it"
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Because *I* want to be the one shooting the 3’s, lol. Preferably after a kickout. We don’t need 5 guys launching. Need someone in there drawing doubles. I’ll feed him all day. They don’t double, then go to work. Like it’s 1995.

  

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43. "The thing is that with no free throws, posting up/driving is thankless"
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I don't get how the fuck people don't understand that it's no fun at all to be getting hit and scratched and taking the ball up top all day in a PICKUP GAME. We are here to have fun, experiment, do exercise and the only time you should give a foul on purpose MAYBE is a game point situation.

I try to post up and you just end up getting hit, wrapped up, pushed or slapped on the hand. We have a couple guys who can do it and attract that kind of attention you're describing where I play but overall post ups are just garbage, especially 5 on 5. Same thing with driving from a set offense (transition is another story), you just end up either going into a big crowd out of control or getting hacked.

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44. "Yeah, I understand how that could ruin it"
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The guys I had been playing with were pretty good about not hammering people in the post or on drives when they were clearly beat, and actually trying to play defense in there without fouling.

Not perfect, but most were pretty good about it and it made the run better.

  

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45. "I'm with DJR on this one...gotta be playing with the right group"
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Dudes 16-26...yeah, you're right.

Mixed bag, you get decent flow.

Older guys, they know how to play it.

Me, personally, I've never understood why people clamor for contact. If I choose to drive or post up, the whole point for me is to avoid contact. If I have you beat off the dribble and I see people packing the lane, I'm: https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7vBwCb0zKYI/VsszAFlWQZI/AAAAAAAABnc/SDD-ZkNA1KE/s1600/pullupj.gif.

If we're in the post, I'm trying to: https://giphy.com/gifs/michael-jordan-2bNkWdDxitmCs or https://media1.tenor.com/images/5f12b7cd89f5543770c7af44f912724d/tenor.gif?itemid=3356578

My post game is not on some Shaq status. lol

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46. "I mean banging in the post is OK but sloppy or intentional fouls, nah"
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I dunno once in a while in a three-on-three game there is enough space and chill to play a real game. 5on5 almost no chance and of course threes count so much (1s and 2s) that they are the preferred shot anyway. Best you can hope for is some guys flashing to the bucket to create spacing and not make the rebound a foregone conclusion for the D. If I see four guys outside I will go inside, mostly looking for an offensive rebound. It astounds me how guys who are adults still dribble with their head down. There were a couple younger dudes who loved pulling threes and doing crazy drives (they were athletic but not skilled) and at one point I just stopped guarding my man completely. I revealed to him that I wanted to see if they would ever pass to him. For 10 out of the 15 points in the game I didn't guard him. He didn't touch the ball once off a pass.

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47. "Well, you hit a few, you can expect intentionals anyway"
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all I'm saying is, I'm trying to 'avoid' the contact. I got bills to pay so me banging with someone who probably doesn't know how to play clean post defense is a lose-lose.

It's more important for me to outsmart someone than to overpower someone.

Like with your example. You got to play 4 on 5 on D, which means your team probably won, because you recognized you could outsmart guys. Limited skill doesn't preclude intelligence.

That's the best part of playing now for me. Watching a guy who's obviously more physically gifted given their age/activity vs mine and killing them with smarts. lol

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52. "Forgot to mention my run was 4 on 4 in an elementary school gym"
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So spacing wise, it was perfect.

  

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53. "I *love* playing 4on4 full-court"
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So much space, in Colombia there were often so many people that we'd have to play four 4on4 halfcourt games but at this LA Fitness if there are eight people a lot of times people are too lazy to play full court (and conversely if there are like 16 people they wanna play 5on5 full-court and make people wait ... not very practical!).

4on4 full-court gives you so much space and opportunities to make plays. It's not a regulation sized court anyway so why not?

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48. "Playing 1’s and 2’s kill me"
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I’ve posted about it before.

I’m just in it for the excercise. Let me get a few back cuts, a few mid range jumpers like shaun livingston and let me dominate the other teams worst player on defense.

3 or 4 games and I’m out.

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49. "We (old heads) argue with the young dudes all the time about this"
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they wanna play 1's and 2's and I hit 'em with math.

1pt doubled is 2pts, 2pts doubled is 4pts...are there any 4pt shots in basketball?

You want it to be accurate, play 2's and 3's to 32 or 1's and 1.5's to 16 lol

We usually play all 1's so people shooting behind the 3 line are just shooting riskier shots. But people have gotten so good from long range, it isn't as much a detriment anymore.

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51. "We always lose track of the score so playin past 11 is a problem too"
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We went w/ the lesser of 2 evils to help speed the game up

  

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50. "Same here. Exercise only."
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Most times I hit the court is strictly to shoot around by myself. I am on a group text with some guys that play once a week. I haven't been in a while, but I should start tagging along again.

I am trying to get my vertical up, just for kicks. I've been hitting the squats and also trying to clean up my diet so I'm less anchored to the ground. Also doing some struggle plyos, aka standing backboard slap layups when I go shoot around. I wouldn't need that high of a vert to dunk. And I figure at our age, it's my last chance to try to dunk, since I never have before.
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54. "It turns into all 2s and the game gets dull"
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The only time it's fun is when guys are willing to move the ball to get good shots but if it's just one or two guards pulling up all day it is very boring and you get little exercise. There are a couple groups of guys at my gym I like playing with, we usually have 3-4 shooters and everyone is willing to work to get each other open. Some of these other dudes are really stubborn, they don't want to use screens or even entertain moving the ball inside/out. Some dudes are out there just for the "glory" of the zero people watching being impressed by their ability to hit one out of every eight bad shots they pull

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