now I remember why I appreciate tennis

Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by DoctorBackhand, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. DoctorBackhand

    DoctorBackhand Rookie

    Jul 15, 2011
    New York
    As part of my summer job,l I had to play basketball for the first time in years today.Seeing as to how I haven't played basketball in a long time, and the only sport I have been playing for the last 8 years has been tennis, I was expecting to suck terribly, but it wasn't the game in of itself that was so foreign, it was the experience of playing on a team. Having to watch the ball and the person I was guarding was in of itself confusing. Trying to avoid contacts and fouls was also quite baffling. But honestly, the two strangest parts were the player's attitudes towards each other and the game. Tennis is a gentleman's sport were people know their skills, try to be fair, and shakes hands at the end of the match. In basketball, there is 1 star player on every team who thinks they are Kobe, whines when they lose because "the team sucks", and call rqndom fouls. When you acknowledge a foul and stop playing, your team mates chide you for being too nice.

    Now I remeber why I hated gym. And now I also can't to get on a court and play a sport that is less about being flashy, and more about being good.

    Not to say basketball is a bad sport or requires no skill. I realize that a different set of skills is needed to play that sport. I just could never stand the attitude the attitude most people have when they're playing, like every time THEY step on court, they are playing at MSG.
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2013
  2. ATP100

    ATP100 Professional

    Nov 19, 2010
    You should practice/play "pushers" as much as possible.
  3. max pl

    max pl Rookie

    Jun 20, 2011
    OP, you just described my childhood playing basketball.

    I havent played since graduating HS, but thats exactly how things went down word for word, and the discomparison to tennis is what my experience is now playing tennis. Calm, no arguing, just playing the game with no one to blame but yourself since its one on one.
  4. max

    max Hall of Fame

    Jul 14, 2004
    I'll pile on a bit, too.

    The problem with team sports is the basic principle involved in just about all of them: "as long as you don't get caught, it's legal," which leads in competitive situations to just a lot of nonsense, stuff that detracts from the game itself.

    The GREAT thing about team sports is that you don't have as much pressure on your shoulders and you can beneficently enjoy seeing your teammates excel.
  5. max

    max Hall of Fame

    Jul 14, 2004
    This sounds kind of ***gy, but I never enjoyed the smell of the gym.
  6. DirtBaller4

    DirtBaller4 Rookie

    May 30, 2013
    Norwalk, CT
    Yeah, I played a little basketball in the Navy and was always amazed at how difficult the game was, and how it encourages you to be a pushy a-hole. It kind of reminded me of playing kill the carrier growing up.

    By comparison, tennis reminds me of fencing or some other artful sport where you need power, grace, and skill.
  7. Disgruntled Worker

    Disgruntled Worker Semi-Pro

    Aug 8, 2011
    The more you play, the less confusing it becomes and the more "feel" you develop. One of the hardest things for me when I haven't played basketball in a while is the TOUCH as well as the sense of where I am on the court. This is especially true when I get the ball in the low-post. The fluidity and instinct go out the front door and I end up making a bad decision. But lift some weights and find some people who aren't a-holes and I promise it will be rewarding.
  8. adventure

    adventure Banned

    Aug 1, 2011
    Basketball can be a great sport, but very few are taught or are willing to learn to play the game the right way.

    Instead, very often you get 'streetball.' Traveling, lots of one on one, trash talking, aggressive goons, people who want to fight, just an a-- ton of negativity.

    I grew up loving the game, but now I just feel a sense of chagrin, watching clowns and degenerates like Ron Artest, whiners like Dwight Howard, rapists like Kobe Bryant, freemason Lebron James, and so on.

    The game is just infected with evil. And the good guys like jeremy lin? He gets endless hate. He's not black, he doesn't commit crimes, therefore he's 'soft' and must be hated on.

    And that's not to mention the unbelievable corruption of officiating in the nba.

    College basketball has it's shares of issues as well, with corruption rampant in recruiting.

    It's a totally topsy turvy game. I'm still an addict, but it saddens me that the game's artistry has been subverted, now that the sport is so thoroughly infected with evil.

    The game is a mirror of our country's own corruption.


    Tennis is not exactly blemish free, either. Please, please absolish that STUPID bro shake. Even the women do it.

    But there is still etiquette. There is still honor.

  9. acura9927

    acura9927 Semi-Pro

    Feb 20, 2012
    Hockey is where its at for showing your character. Guys sticking up for each other and fighting and playing thru broken noses, missing teeth and bloodied faces. Not to mention taking 90-100mph pucks in the body.
  10. goober

    goober Legend

    Jun 9, 2004
    There is a big difference between playground ball and organized ball with refs. Playground ball is pretty much how you described. But even adult rec leagues would be better. Refs call fouls and can throw people out of games if they are abusive. When I was younger if I played bball it would only be among friends or mostly friends. It is a lot friendlier game that way. Nowadays I wouldn't play because I am too old and would likely get hurt. Bball is a young persons game.
  11. max

    max Hall of Fame

    Jul 14, 2004
    Yeah. I'd love to be a hockey player; a pro that is; at my level, I've taken a couple of slap shots! If you've paid attention to the recent Stanley Cup saga, you'll love the sport.

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