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What the game is about.

With everything that happens, all the hooplah about money, trades, and fights, sometimes we find ourselves forgetting what the game is all about.

I started college at 16. As you can imagine, I've always been sort of an outcast as a much younger youth trying to fit in with advanced kids. I was always a wiz in the classroom, and although not akward like most advanced children, I was still looked down upon by those older than me. So here I was, embarking on a journey that no 16 year old kid should ever do. I moved in with a college sophomore who was 20, and like everyone else, taken aback that I was 16. But there has always been somewhere that I can go where no one cares what my age is, and I don't stick out like a sore thumb. When I step on the basketball court I'm nothing special (5'11", white, can't jump). But people don't care. I grab a ball start shooting around and get picked up in a matter of minutes. It's where I relieve all my stress, where I go to feel accepted, and where I go to just have fun. I leave it all on the court, and at the end of the day covered in sweat, I'm happy with myself.

I'm 18 now, got a year left in college before I head to grad school. Yesterday my girl and I cut it off for good, which is always hard. I sat around depressed for a while. Then at about 10 this morning I picked up my shoes and headed down to the gym. I was there until 10 tonight. I'm exhausted and barely have the energy to type this. But it reminded me that everything is going to be okay. It relieved all the pent up frustration from the relationship in one day.

The game to me, is plain and simple, my way of talking, of fitting in with an unaccepting world. It reminds me everything is going to be alright, relieves my stress, keeps me in shape, and balances my life. Sometimes we all need a little reminder for why we play. I got mine again today. I'll be a lifelong fan of this game, because it will always be more than a game to me. It's the only steady hand in my life. I tip my hat to you Dr. Naismith. I don't know where I'd be without you.


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I hear you. Although I've

I hear you. Although I've never balled for half day straight, it's definitely my favorite way to reduce stress. That's usually when I work on my game the hardest. Great post man.

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i do the same exact thing to

i do the same exact thing to when im stressed or emotions get the best of me...

just do ur thing man!

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Totally Agree

I can recall a time when I was a young, obese, awkward lad that no business even looking at a basketball court. I was the recipient of being either picked last in a pickup game, or not even picked up at all. Anyway, basketball was never my haven to begin with. I was into the eccentric extra-cirricular activies such as art and sketching. It wasn't until after I graduated Jr High I discovered my passion for professional wrestling, which led me to do it for a while (WWE stlye, Did it in the ring and everything). But since then, my passion for wrestling and art has somehow shifted towards me now producing music and engineering and, of course BASKETBALL. As I stated before, I was an obese child growing up, and I used basketball to help me get into shape, but as I constantly worked out and kept on improving my game playing against others (Preferrably my neighborhood), I found a love for the game. I love this sport as well as my other passions in life. Thank you for sharing your experience. All these so called superstars need to take a look at this post. They could learn a thing or two.

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sometimes i like basketball

sometimes i like basketball more than jacking off. maybe it will be different with sex

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Powerful Post

ChriJoll, that was a powerful post man; thanks a lot for sharing. Basketball is a magical activity and I definitely relate to what you're saying about it always being a constant refuge and safe haven through thick and thin. Often when I encounter something in life that I don't know how to deal with, I go lace up the shoes and go ball for a while. As Kobe Bryant said: 'Basketball is my therapy.'

I'd also add that, in the context of life's worries and crazy twists, an even more powerful and transcendent source of refuge I have is the knowledge of Jesus Christ as my personal savior. Man, this life is tough whether you're white, black, rich, poor, fat, skinny, etc... But I know my home is in heaven with Christ; life is worth living through the purpose I have in Him, word? And the salvation of Christ is available to all who accept it.

Yeah so hope everyone can keep that love of the game going; I know I for one have a crazy love/hate relationship with basketball, but at the end of the day, I can't get enough of it. ChriJoll, hope everything goes well with your college/graduate studies and girl situation.

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lol. Throw in the violins and

lol. Throw in the violins and some sad soft piano.

OP: Man up.

or try to get on Ellen.

Manhood in a sad state tbh.

Smh...

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To Mr. Dribbling

I respect that you think this is some sort of pity part that I have thrown for myself. I mean your opinion is cool and everything. Let me just enlighten that my purpose is not for people to feel bad for me, nor come off in any way as someone craving the negative attention. Rather, this post is just my story, and how I grew to love the game. The story is just sort of a reminder that we all don't make the millions but there isn't a pro out there that loves the game any more than we do. Every now and then it's just nice to get a friendly reminder of that, and for whatever reason, I felt compelled to share today.

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To quote/paraphrase Michael

To quote/paraphrase Michael Jordan "Basketball is like therapy... if you ever took it away, I don't know what I'd do".

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lol shut t f up pls. Youre

lol shut t f up pls.

Youre the type that watches american idol to hear the sopstories. And now you want to make your own.

please.

im sorry I couldnt pad you on the back like the rest of the fools. This is just too pathetic.

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your being redundant by

your being redundant by saying white and can't jump

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I feel you on this man. I

I feel you on this man. I play for a few hours every Sunday and Tuesday and it is the only thing that gets my mind off work, money problems, and my recent divorce. All of it goes away for that span of time and i love it.

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i agree

Great post. Sport is a powerful remedy. The one thing i would say tho is not to take away anything from pro's. it's very easy to say that they don't love the game as much as fans but while you may have put in 12 hours the other day, many of them put in 12 hours every day. They got to the point they are now yes partially by god given athleticism but it takes countless shots to develop that talent. I garentee that the guys who don't even play are working just as hard as the guys who do because theyre trying to hold on to their job. They've invested their entire lives into this game and all too many have failed where they have succeeded. Many may say they are overpaid but for the amount of joy they bring to millions, and the amount of hours theyve spent specializing and perfecting their skills, for a career with almost NO longevity. I can definitely respect it. Great post, just don't take anything away from the guys who do it for a living.

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