I failed to realize that playing in a gym is a whole lot different from playing on the outside.  Every aspect of the game changes when you hit the streets to play, even if you don’t play with the brothas.  From the wind, dust, double rims, to the players, and attitudes on the courts everything changes on the outside.  Inside games were controlled, super competitive but without the fear of getting into fights for a bad call or play.  I also remembered how hard the rough the asphalt was after trying to do a reverse layup, losing balance and falling to the ground scraping up my knees, and bruising both wrists.  The funny thing is that the guys we were playing against were probably half our age, but had no idea how old we are.  I’m happy to report that we did kick all their asses and my game hasn’t changed, but my Basketball IQ is greater than ever before.

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