Your personal highlight?
Was is the personal highlight of your basketball career?
I leave for Australia in a couple of days to represent the New Zealand Police in a week long tournament and all though it isnt really the "big" stage the fact that I get to pull on a singlet that has my countries name on it excites me more than anything.
I have played a little bit at national for my region/state, but this is far more exciting even if the games won't be as competitive I am sure the Aussies will be impressive.
Well I haven't played much competitive or organized basketball in my life(26) but a few of my highlights of my "career" are:
1) dunking once in high school. After practice a teammate lobbed one off the backboard just off the front of the rim and I put it in. It raddled a bit so it wasn't clean but why not bad for 5'8 with short arms. Haha
2) That same season(only played my senior year) I had my stats posted in the local paper. Tallied 16,6,3 and 4 steals. Was against a JV team tho.
3) Probably my favorite was just last year in a competitive league in Houston I put in 30. Nearly doubling my previous career high of 17.
I've never set the world on fire basketball wise but those are my most memorable moments and why I love the game. Anything is possible. If at 12 years old I told someone that I would one day dunk a basketball and one day score 30 points as a 5'8" SG people would say no way. You stick at things and it can and will happen.
My highlights are generally passes. But once I crossed a guy at half court and litterally broke his ankle. Just a little chip, but he was on crutches for a few weeks.
Lowlight - Going really hard to the hole for a layup ( I wasn't playing well and was pi$$ed so just decided to blow through everyone off the dribble) and I threw the ball over the backboard . . . and the fence behind the backboard.
1. I was a late bloomer on the court. Real springy and athletic, but I didn't start playing until I was 10 or 11, so it took a bit for my skill to catch up. I started off my junior year on JV, and was just tearing up the competition. I almost had a triple double one game with 7 points 16 rebounds and 9 blocks. I got bumped up to varisty the next game.
2. My Junior year, shortly after I got called up to varsity, I was getting splinters until one game I got in the 2nd quarter. I caught fire, and ended up finishing the game and helping us win against a league rival. I had 9 points 4 rebounds and 2 steals in probably 15 minutes. I finished my junior season as the 6th or 7th man on varsity after starting out the year on JV.
3. My senior year, I was starting, but we lost a lot of talent from the class ahead of me. It was a rough year, but I had a 16 point 4 rebound 4 steal 4 block game on the road, and we ended up winning. It was probably the best high school varsity game I played.
4. I have plenty of highlights from after high school. When I was 30, I pinned a cocky high school kid's shot against the backboard, and the look on his face was priceless, lol. My best dunk came in a pickup game when I was probably 19 or 20, I two hand tomahawked it on a fast break, and some guy tried to block it, so he ended up being quite a bit below the ball, and fell down when he landed, it was a busy day so the court was full with people waiting for a game, they erupted. It was pretty awesome.
I don't think about this stuff much, so that was a fun trip down memory lane, lol.
In a pick up game, in two consecutives plays:
1st a fastbreak, 3 vs 1, I was dribling through the middle. When I hit the paint I did the Pistol Pete/Larry Bird fake tap pass and went to the layup completely unguarded.
next play, another fastbreak, 2 vs 1, I was dribling through the middle of the court and my teammate was running in the left wing. Again, against the same defender, I went to the layup, faked a behind the back pass and went again for the unguarded layup.
When I was young I reached 4th place in South American championship with my team, but that sequence in a pickup game was honestly my best moment!
Festar - Aussie cops impressive haha thats funny.
Aussie cops are lying, corrupt, short arse, little mummies boys who couldn't fight their way out of a wet paper bag, let alone pass a fitness test. The army and fire teams thrash them.
Please send over a few big mauri's that like to bang down low and throw elbows
I swatted someone on the break and had to duck as the ball was bouncing back off the wall at speed. Not overly impressive but so satisfying!
My most memorable "highlight" I grabbed a rebound at the end of a quarter with like 2 seconds left, turned, fired 96 feet, buckets. Luckiest thing I've ever done.
first time I touched rim, first dunk, first alley-oop, first (and only) tip dunk. The second most I have ever scored was 29, the other team only scored 36 and my team (including my contribution) put up 38; when 12 year olds who can't shoot play against strictly zone defense points are hard to come by. The most I scored was 31 but that team was trash, I didn't even have the game high.
Low light was when I was cocky because I could jump ok in high school. The team we were playing was tall. They had a 6'7 guy that was athletic and I knew he was going into it. He got a steal in the passing lane and I thought I'd catch him slipping for a layup and was certain I was gonna "pin" it. Well I got my steps wrong(wasn't gonna matter anyway) and kind of bailed out mid jump. Looked up and he dunked on me. I fell on landing and slid into the wall padding behind the board. :/ bad moment. Haha.
I cleared a guys head a la vince carter (but before I think) for a dunk on the break. Our team gained momentum we had tthe lead then someone pulled the fire alarm. The building had tp be evaquated anyhow we lost by two. Our pg didnt even get a shot off before the buzzer. #buzzkill
Hightlight - We were playing in some regional tournament in the 5th-6th place game. There were something like 15-20 teams in the tourny, but everybody was starting to show up for the 3rd-4th place game and championship. Our game went into overtime and one of their guys got fouled with the score tied and 4 seconds left. He missed both free throws, I got the rebound, weaved through a few players, made to half court, and threw up a prayer. As I hit the ground I saw the ball go through the hoop.
Better to be lucky than good.
Lowlight - As a sophomore, my coach put me in to defend the other teams best player. He got the ball on a fast break and I gave him a little touch foul from behind as he made his layup. I was so ticked at myself that I walked over to the wall and punched it. My wrist got dislocated and I could hardly shoot the rest of the season.
I was stupid before I got lucky.
But a funny moment last week in a pick up game.
Playing to 15, it was tied 13-13. I had the ball beyond the 3 pt line right side. Saw my teammate across cour tcutting on his man from the backside and got the alley-oop sign, threw it up for him with my left hand(im a righty) and instead of connecting with him I rattled in a three by accident and we won.
Ruined a nice connection, but dumb luck triumphed and we hold the court.
Last year, I scored 16 points for my intramural team in a game against the other team from our dorm. My scoring average for all the other games was probably about 2 ppg because I'm a slow 5'6" kid. But my shot was falling that day and I had a good game. It didn't matter cause we lost by 22 but it was still fun. Our team went 6-8, bit four wins were by forfeit cause we just showed up. A fifth was over a team with four players, and the sixth was in ot against the worst team. But good times nonetheless. Wheat Thins for life!
Basketball in NC is competitive, I chose to focus mainly on football only to be injured a ton which didn't get me recruited haha. Picked splinters my sophomore year on varsity and was injured my junior year that I called it quits to focus on football.
After football season senior year I played just about every day with my buddies. At the time I was 5'10", white about 165 lbs (bball everyday will make ya skinny). I have small hands, and always had the hops to get my whole hand over the rim, my problem was I can't hold on to the ball, and I find it hard to jump off one foot and try and jam two handed.
Anyways the sea parted and I had an open lane to try and yam it. Went in did it and my buddy who is about 6'2" got there a step late and I yammed it right over him. Still make fun of him for it to this day that he was the victim of my first dunk haha, that same game I rejected one of his shots to the other side of the court as well.
Since graduating high school I have rededicated myself to the weightroom and I play intramurals. I now stand about 5'11" 190 lbs., my game and approach is very similar to Lance Stephenson's, I love talking trash and getting into it. In one intramural game I went up for a layup, got clobbared at the top and it went in, yelled and 1 to the ref. We were down by 6 at this point. The kid guarding me had the balls to say to me "why don't ya say it louder next time." I smiled and told him "you don't know what you have done." The next play down (I play PG and SG). I was at the 2 and I told the PG to give me the ball. He knew the beast had awakened. I told everyone to get out of my way so I could toy with the kid. One hard dribble to the left, with a hesitation cross to my right left him on the ground. Picked up my dribble signaled him to get up, waited for him to come guard me and nailed a 3 in his face. The next possesion they passed it to me beyond the 3 point line. And straightaway I knocked down a 3 in his face again. I whispered in his ear "do you hear me now?" The next possesion they got me the ball again, took one jab step, turned posted him up from 17 feet, then got him in the air around 12 feet from the basket drew contact and it went in. Scored 11 straight points in 4 possesions. Kid didn't talk trash to me the rest of the game. I ended up having 29 points, 5 assists, 6 boards in a 72-51 victory. He had 8 points was their best player.
Man I just realize how I might take intramurals way too seriously...oh well.
As a freshman in University we were in a playoff game, first round, trying to get to the national tournament at the CIS level. I was on fire in the first half and had 23 at halftime and we went on to win by ten. Eventually we reached the national tournament.
I had my one and only career dunk in a playoff game. The video highlight of it is hilarious, I am a big white guy about 6'7, 230-245 depending on the time of the year, and you can see me chopping my steps all the way from half-court to make sure I got the footing right! The boys still get at me about it.
My first varsity start in 10th grade I had a triple double with point rebounds and assists. We won that game but went on to only win 3 more games the entire year.
By my senior year our team was much better...not surprising considering we started 5 sophomores two years prior. My highlight that year was in the county semi-final I had 3 blocks (two of which were off the backboard) and also a big tip in for my only bucket that game. I did have 8 boards in the 2nd half which led the radio announcers to declare I played like I was 6-5 despite being 5-11. We won that game (although it was actually a tie but the score keeping error wasn't found out until it was too late.) In the title game we lost to Reading high which is the biggest school in the state of Pennsylvania. It was a close game but their size and athleticism wore us out in the end.
I grew up playing hockey, but I was a solid role player for a championship winning intramural basketball team in college. Nobody could match my bench celebrations!
first dunk in game....6"1 but im a volleyball player so i had hops but no shot. airballed a free throw one time adn heard it from the crowd, picked guys pocket next play and had a breakaway dunk...was so jacked up i pulled myself up the rim (pure emotion) and got T'd up.
For all you canucks out there, I went to Carleton for a year and went to try-outs thinking i'd get some good runs in. Made the cut, practiced for two weeks then dropped out...felt good knowing Smart appreciated my style of play....flash to the elbow keep ball above head...drained a couple of those. didnt score the most, just played effective team ball.
congratz for walking on at carelton man! big ups. they had their team over at euro camp this year. definitely THE canadian collegiate team.
I was a Senior that year and my high school had an annual basketball tournament with about 30ish teams. One of the teams we played was Round Rock high school, with a Junior on their team named John Henson. The center for my high school team was about 6'5, John Henson (who was probably 6'9) did about anything he wanted out there. He was just way more athletic and taller then anyone on our team. I played PG for my high school and I was about 6 ft tall. Henson had pump faked (for some reason) against our center, when he thought it was clear he went up for a little 5 ft floater/lay-up. When I saw him pump fake, I sprinted from the top of the key and swatted his shot into the stands. We ended up losing by like 20 something points, but throwing John Henson's shot felt amazing.
Also, first time I dunked was my freshman year (14 years old) in warm-ups. I always jumped off one foot. The summer after my freshman year, I messed up my ankle so bad that I wasn't ever able to jump off of one foot again (and jump as high as I used to be able to). Next time I dunked after that was my Senior year. I only ever dunked once in a game, it was a baseline drive on my defender and my addrenaline shot me right up and I got an and 1, two hand dunk.
Those are my two favorite basketball moments for myself. It's fun reading everyone else's. Good topic!
That's awesome that you got to play against an NBA pro in Henson. Even better that you blocked his shot (as a guard.) Giving John a taste of his own medicine.
It was an amazing feeling! I've been lucky enough to see a handful of pros play while in high school, although i've only ever played against Henson. Summer between my freshman and sophomore year, my high school team won a tournament in Texas (where i'm from) and got invited to a national tournament in Indiana. I got to watch Greg Odens AAU team play, one of the most dominating high school talents i've ever seen before.
My 5"5, then-fifteen-year-old self made a runner over my 6"3, long-armed friend. He got mad and I was shocked.
I've been blocked by him multiple times. Like, 5.
Lowlight... Too many to count.
I have zero shot creation off the bounce and I usually get blocked at the rim because I'm 5'8'' (and just not a good player). However, I'm the guy who would usually put 4ppg and 12apg. My highlights are usually passes (under the legs, no looks, behind the backs).