It is an interesting thing to play basketball. Basketball is a universal sport played all over the world by people of different age, race and background. For a basketball player, playing basketball means being tasked with putting a round ball through a circular hoop ten feet off the ground. Yet there are certain things only a basketball player will understand. Here are ten of them.
1. You understand playing as a team
Basketball is a team game which can feature people of all sorts whether men, women, boys, girls, teenagers adults, senior citizens, anyone. You have to understand team spirit to play basketball.
2. You know there will be mistakes
You cannot get it right all at once. Even when you do, there will be a lot of missed shots at the basket. Some days you will be on, some days you will be off. As a basketball player you have to understand the learning process; that you have to make mistakes and keep going.
3. You get the idea of “offense and defense”
Some will say basketball is a simple game. But it all comes down to how you can prevent an opponent from putting a round ball through a circular hoop or putting that round ball through a circular hoop. It is offensive and defensive.
4. You know that it’s all about trying
Winning a game depends on how many times you are able to throw a ball into the basket more than your opposing team. It is about the numbers of successful attempts you are going to make.
5. A basketball game can be a therapy
Once you play basketball, your mind is taken away from the day to day anxiety and struggles of life. Basketball is a therapy. The court is a sanctuary that provides a shoulder for you to lean on, while the hoop provides a reassurance. While playing the game can be soothing enough, it allows you to cope with anything, from beak ups to stress, to heartache and life’s many dramas.
6. You understand the game’s indifference
The game is not there to judge you from your many mistakes in life or to interrupt you. It doesn’t hold you back with sympathies but seeks your readiness and willingness to participate.
7. You understand that it is a game, but also is more than just a game
After all is said and done basketball is a game that is to be loved and played. It could turn out to be a game equivalent to what your life becomes. It could become a bond with strangers or a family. It could become a running theme to get you going daily. It could go beyond everything else you are attached to, the work, the family, the friends, the house, the car and the possessions. It could be the most exciting period of your day.
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