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how did you get into basketball?

How did you guys first get into basketball? Did you slowly ease into being a fan, or did you jump right in? Did you play it when you first got into it? What are some of your favorite memories from when you first started watching?


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i started playing in first

i started playing in first grade, and ive been a fan for a while i remember being a huge Lakers fan in the early 2,000s.

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I got into it

due to my uncle and his very close friend, he was watching a Philly game and was telling me how good Iverson was and stuff. His fave player, then took me outside and was showing me how to play. I then always wanted to practice with him and watch it and became a big fan right away after seeing Iverson play. That's how i started, then I went to my first basketball game where Philly was @ Rockets and we lost while Iverson was a beast. That is one of my favorite memories.

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Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan was someone who got me to go down to the court and shoot all day, and try things he did.

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I literally live about 2

I literally live about 2 blocks away from my local Rec Center, so basketball was always convenient..
Then when I realized I wasnt going pro..
...i sorrowed while watching games on ESPN whenever they came on

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boring

when i was 11, i was tall, so i thought what sport would help
basketball
and the rest is one long love story with the game haha
pretty boring :P

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in 1992 when I was 10, my

in 1992 when I was 10, my step dad got me into the lakers and I jumped into it full steam. The original dream team was the first games I watched and I would play in my backyard and at school every day. I watched video tape from the '80s and read books about the game's best players and collected cards. It was my immediate passion. I played it all 4 years of highschool. Watchin the Lakers push the suns to the brink in the first round of the '93 playoffs despite being huge underdogs was my first real cool memory.

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been playing all my life,

been playing all my life, other than that... allen iverson and the phillidelphia 76ers

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My mom got me a NBA history

My mom got me a NBA history book when I was like 6-7. I read it like 15 times cover to cover.

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my first memory is watching

my first memory is watching basketball on tv, seeing the middle of the celtics court. i was into the nets until i saw chris paul in the 2008 all star game.

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Been playing

I've been playing since I was 4, still playing today and have been a 76ers fan since the day Iverson was drafted.

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76erBaller

did you play on a team when you were four?

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watching my older brother

watching my older brother dominate in highschool made me get into it

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I was looking to get into

I was looking to get into some sort of sport (probably around 9 yrs old), and i fell in love with basketball even though i sucked like anyone would at first, i loved the concept.

Best memory? ummm, at first, when i was sooo hyped to see Iverson play, the game was supposed to start at 7, and you know how the games begin late? because of the intro's, commentating and stuff? anyways it was 7:16 and i was ready to explode, and it was a stupid, but memorable moment

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I was pretty tall for my grade and was always fast and a good jumper. I started playing around 10, about the same time I watched the 93 Finals with my mom and started watching KU games when they were on TV that got me into it even more. By the time I was in 7th grade I was still pretty raw as a player but hooked as a fan I also played baseball and when the MLB went on strike I concentrated all my efforts on basketball, collected cards, had basketball encyclopedias, and started working hard to be a better player. Played all 4 years in high school, and still play as much as I can at 27.

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Totally by accident

I started playing after I hit puberty and grew 9-10 inches and 60-70 pounds in one year. Immediately played C as I was 5'8" 200 pounds in shoes with a 29 inch vertical in grade 6-7. Tried so Hard to get that extra 2 - 3 inches so i could dunk it. However, ended up being 5'7 1/2" in socks, 5'9" in shoes with a 5'11 1/2" wingspan for the rest of my life. I feel like one of those Nigerian stories of a kid picking up a basketball late and coming out of nowhere. By age of 13-14 played back up PF/C for the city of Scarborough. Never played b-ball ever again (Provincially) after that year as everyone outgrew me (the starting SG was 6'3" by age of 14)

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wow. im 14 and 5'9 and

wow. im 14 and 5'9 and hoping to be taller my dads 6'1 and my brothers are 6'3 and 6'4 hope i keep growing unlike you.

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Iverson who would of thought?

By reading all these comments who would of thought Iverson would inspire so many people to play and watch basketball.

I was the same my first jersey was an Iverson Philly jersey and first NBA game 2K3 Iverson on the cover.

i think thats saying something!

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last time i said my age n

last time i said my age n height i got like -15
nto doing tht again ahaha

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real young

I started playing when i was young growing up during the Jordan era in chicago and plus thats all we do in chicago is play ball so it was either that or be an outcast

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My first memory was watching

My first memory was watching Jermaine O'Neal when he started out with the Pacers. He was some player back then, just a shame he had all those injuries.

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My Moment and a trivia Q?

i have played basketball since i was about 8 but was never really into it as a fan until about age 13 when the 76ers went to the finals. and as a sports fan from philly you were craving for the upset because we had not won anything for a long time. the sixers lost so i changed teams to the young exciting la clippers with d miles, q richardson, and lamar odom and i was a mild fan at that point. then when the 2002-2003 season came around, and i was watching the clippers on espn, i saw for the first time a 6'10" 245lbs rookie pf. it was a regular game when the rookie set a pick for the pg and rolled to the basket. the pg game him a nice bounce pass and when received, this massive man jumped higher than anyone I had seen up to that point, finishing with a powerful and1 dunk on the recent number 1 pick of Micael Olowakandi(Still my favorite all time dunk). Since then I have been a die hard nba fan and fan of this player and team. Can anyone guess the player and team?

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love at first site, my first

love at first site, my first time watching it i liked how the game was played. Been a fan ever since

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Ballislife

I feel old as hell reading all these post. I started to try and play ball at the age of 5. Live across the street from a park and my brothers and his friends would go out and play ball everyday. Then started playing after school ball at the age of 8. Grew up watching basketball at the perfect time. JORDAN was the reason why we would go outside and shovel 3 feet of snow during the winter just to play ball. After middle school I stop playing when people told me asian's wouldn't make it into the NBA. Then I join the soccer team in highschool. Ballislife til this day. One love.

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Ballislife

I feel old as hell reading all these post. I started to try and play ball at the age of 5. Live across the street from a park and my brothers and his friends would go out and play ball everyday. Then started playing after school ball at the age of 8. Grew up watching basketball at the perfect time. JORDAN was the reason why we would go outside and shovel 3 feet of snow during the winter just to play ball. After middle school I stop playing when people told me asian's wouldn't make it into the NBA. Then I join the soccer team in highschool. Ballislife til this day. One love.

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trinajoe, I bet it was Amare

trinajoe, I bet it was Amare Stoudamire, pre-knee injuries that guy could fly

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it was amare stoudemire, he

it was amare stoudemire, he alone sucked me into the game of basketball with his high flying yet powerful dunks.
Here is a link to my favorite dunk ever:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7623M-IACo&feature=related

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