Order on the Court
|After a day off, everyone was
psyched to get back on the basketball court. Thursdays have been very
crowded recently, with up to twenty guys showing up at 6:30 or earlier
to show off their basketball skills. We had about twelve or thirteen
today, once the next several guys shoot at the free throw line for a
space on the opposing team, one entirely new squad comes on as the
losing team steps off the court. The pressure of the free throw line is
intense, and while my percentage is improving, I almost never make it on
to a team by my efforts at the free throw line.
While I feel I played well, I did not play as "smart" as I would like. I played a total of three games to fifteen. My squad won the first, then we had to sit down for #3 when we lost a hard fought contest. I chose not to shoot for a position on the on-coming team, but rather I gave my spot up for someone who had been sitting and who had to leave. I don't get up at 4:45 AM to sit on the sidelines, so if I am not on the court, I jog or run alongside the ongoing game to keep blood flowing, keep the heart rate up, and keep from stiffening up. But I don't take my eye off the game because I always know I can learn my watching those who are more experienced than me.
I shot one for five from the field over the three games I played. It's hard to get the ball when you're on a team of shooters, even when you're open. If I am open under the basket, in what is called the "low post position," and if a teammate elects to risk a pass to me, I tend to get an adrenaline rush when it's time to shoot, so I fail to use the backboard or I go up too strong and miss the shot by bouncing it off the board too hard. Putting the ball up while close to the basket is one of the skills I still need to master.
One of my co-players saw that I was beginning to hit more from the outside, say at least ten feet or on the other side of the three-point arch. He said the other team was seeing me at a threat from the outside (that felt good, coming from him). It was then that I should drive and "go up strong" near the hoop because defenders would not be suspecting a drive. Building this skill is a major basketball goal for me. It's easy to rely on the outside shot, but as one commentator said, teams "live or die by the outside." If you miss, you open your team up to the defensive rebound. And nothing feels worse than having the other team score from the rebound they made as a result of your missed shot.
On that positive note, I'll see you tomorrow.
The seated military press works
biceps but really concentrates on the deltoids, or shoulders.
| Exercise Two: Military Press.
One of the most noticeable aspects of college and pro basketball players is the size of their deltoid muscles, a.k.a. shoulders. Why develop strong delts for the basketball court?
Well-defined deltoids also give definition to the bicep muscle, which
is attached to it at the top of the arm.
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