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Pickup basketball: would you be annoyed?
« on: August 13, 2016, 02:56:57 AM »

Offline the TRUTH

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Curious to get everyone's take on this. We're all obviously big basketball fans, and I assume a lot of us have played a lot of pickup basketball in the past and/or present. So recently, I was playing in a game with some friends that rarely play, none of them played organized basketball in school (not that this is a big deal - just giving some background info), and they're all mediocre players at best. I'm no Paul Pierce myself, but compared to the people in this game, I was the best player.

Anyway, our team was on offense, and I was posting up on the left block. As one of my teammates was about to throw the entry pass to me, I saw one of my other teammates cut toward the basket out of the corner of my eye. I immediately had flashbacks to when Larry Bird would make those incredible touch passes - some of them without even looking - and decided to do it myself here. I didn't think any defenders were under the basket, but I wasn't 100% sure. But whatever, it's a pickup game and the reward far outweighed the risk. So the pass gets to me, and without turning my head at all, I tap the ball with my right hand over my shoulder right to my teammate for an open layup. I was super psyched that it actually worked, but no one on my team even acknowledged it. If the tables had been turned, I would've made a huge deal about how great of a pass that was if one of my teammates had made it, especially if I'd been the recipient of the pass.

Would that annoy you guys that no one even acknowledged it? I took it as further confirmation that they just don't know the game and/or maybe didn't see exactly what I did.

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I would say Larry Bird has never scored, because he was the fastest or the strongest, but the smartest.

Sure it would kind of miff me, but eh, whatever move on and make even more fancier passes lol.

Do your friends watch the NBA? I once had a behind the back pass to a player from half court, and nobody really seemed to acknowledge or understand it.

Oh well.

I feel your pain OP.

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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2016, 03:26:45 AM »

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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2016, 04:52:23 AM »

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Eh, I wouldn't read too much into it. If they didn't play ball in school, then more than likely they didn't realize how difficult a play like that really was.
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Sounds like either it's either a lame-ass game or they don't like you (sorry). Most games I play in, folks basically celebrate every productive play unless it was performed by That Guy.

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It might be just because it was a pass and not a (made) shot. When I play with some buddies, at the end of any play where anyone does something exceptional (4 consecutive rebounds and a put back, a block, a crisp clean layup, a made 3) nearly everyone on both teams acknowledges it by saying something and highfiving or something. This tradition usually doesn't extend to passing for some reason. I couldn't tell you why... everyone who's playing knows a good pass when they see one.

I wouldn't worry too much about it; get out there and play your game.
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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2016, 08:38:00 AM »

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Id say they don't know the game well enough to appreciate it. The important thing is that you enjoyed it, and that you get to practice such moves on these guys. Playing with someone like you though , if they play with you enough, sooner or later they will pick up some of these subtleties.

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« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2016, 08:41:55 AM »

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Scoring the assist and bucket ought to be enough and of course winning.  Goos players make good plays all the time and do not expect a pat on the back.   Here, I grant thee a participation award!


Your going to have a sad life, my friend,  if you constantly seek gratification and approval through others.

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« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2016, 09:06:07 AM »

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This when A) you acknowledge it and B) you can talk some trash and have some fun.

People often don't care about passing at all in pick up games is the truth of it, which is a shame.  I don't even care about the calling out of nice passes as much as well people wanting to pass much at all to begin with in a lot of games I play in.

But I do feel Celtics4ever above... act like you been there!
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Do you play ball for the adoration and recognition of others?

Did you congratulate your teammate for making a smart cut and getting open for a layup? Or for catching a pass he couldn't have been expecting?

I think you might be reading too much into this. It's a casual pickup game.  It sounds like a heck of a play, so let that be reward enough.



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« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2016, 09:31:11 AM »

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Scoring the assist and bucket ought to be enough and of course winning.  Goos players make good plays all the time and do not expect a pat on the back.   Here, I grant thee a participation award!


Your going to have a sad life, my friend,  if you constantly seek gratification and approval through others.


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When I would play pick up the goal was to win. It shouldn't matter to you if anyone acknowledged your play during the game as long as it lead to a w.
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I would be furious and insulted.  The only way to show your disdain is by Andrew Bynuming the next game by not only refusing to pass but shooting every time you touch the ball anywhere on the court.  Take videos.

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If you do enough highlight plays the people that play around ya get use to it so they don't even tell ya great job. All they do is make sure their on your team lol
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« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2016, 10:42:45 AM »

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Never had this happen. My teammates would be hyped up if one of us boxed out for a rebound. You need new friends.
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