Have you ever walked onto a basketball court and see an old guy who just works young players with his old man game?
I have. And when I saw it, I absolutely fell in love with this style of play.
It a few years ago and I was in my late 20s. I was feeling like I was getting a little old (it hurts me to say this) and couldn’t play like how I used to.
When I was young, I would just attack the basket whenever I could. I liked to play like Russell Westbrook or a young LeBron James –I would just go through defenders and attack the basket.
Now that I’m thinking about it, it’s kind of funny that I played like that when I was younger because I’m a pretty small guy.
But anyway, I got old. And I had to change my game. So when I saw this old guy at the gym working these teens, I was fascinated. I watched how he played and learned his style. I even guarded him in a 4-on-4 game (let me tell you, he schooled me hard with the art of the old man game).
After that day, I started to develop my game to be similar to his. I worked on my post moves, pump fakes, and footwork. I also watched a lot of older NBA players and tried to imitate their game.
By learning how to play this way and playing this way for a few years now, I noticed that it is a lot easier on the body. I don’t have to be as explosive as before. And it’s also a lot more fun to deke out defenders with pump fakes and herky-jerky movements.
But the old man game isn’t just for past-prime players like me. I think every player should have some sort of old man game element in their bag.
This is why I started this blog. I wanted to create a resource for basketball players to develop an efficient game –a game that they could use for many years to come.
AND I wanted to encourage more people to play basketball, even if it’s just shooting around by themselves. Basketball is so fun and it’s an easy form of exercise.
Here’s what to expect from this blog:
- Drills and games to help you develop an old man’s game (or master the fundamentals of basketball)
- Profiles of players who have this style of play
- Product reviews of cool things that can help you improve your game
So go explore the blog, and then pick up a basketball and have fun!