Thursday night, I played in my last league basketball game for the 2010 calendar year as my team lost 41-30 in a hard fought game. Though this was my last game for 2010, this particular league isn't finished as it will restart in a few weeks in January of 2011.
After the game, I got home and decided to do a count of just how many league basketball games I had played in 2010. My unofficial count? I played in FIFTY-TWO (52) games in 2010! That's at least 52 hours spent in gyms around San Francisco, South San Francisco and Oakland just participating in my team's games. That's not including the many hours I spent watching other teams play before and after my team's games. This is not including the weekly pick up games I usually play on Saturdays and other occasional days I played basketball.
While the 52 games is a bit of surprise, I have to say I enjoyed every moment of it. I had a lot to be thankful this year and it's not just because my team won the championship recently. I had a wide range of experiences. I had the high of a championship win. I had another team lose in the championship. I played on several teams that were average. I played on a team that lost every game by double digits and went winless.
While losing is never the best experience, I am thankful to be able to get onto the court and play as much as I did in 2010. I remember back from the years of 1999 to 2001 where I had some tough injuries and didn't play at all for over a year. I remember wondering if I would ever be able to play basketball again. Of course I did eventually play again but it took me a while to get back to normal.
In 2010, I can firmly say I am playing like my old self. I am not as fast or as quick as I used to be. However, my body can still move and I can play at a reasonable level. As 2011 rolls around, I hope to enjoy my basketball playing days as much as I did in 2010.