As I blogged previously, my 2012 spring basketball season with my two teams has been an exercise in frustration in one sense. However, to be more positive, I have unexpectedly played a LOT more basketball than I would have reasonably expected.
For some reason, both my Monday and Thursday basketball teams have been playing short handed the past three weeks. In the past three Mondays, we have had 5, 5, and 6 players. In the past three Thursdays, we have had 5, 4, and 5 players (yes, we played 4-on-5). As our leagues playing a running 12 minutes / 4 quarters system, I've played a full 48 minutes quite a bit recently.
I actually don't have any issue playing so many minutes. I'm in pretty good shape and find ways to get some breaths or rest in to conserve energy. But what I am realizing is that our league season is long (9 regular season games then playoffs).
Physically, I am doing alright but I am a little mentally tired. It's tough to get yourself up every week to put a 100% effort in when you're short handed. Fortunately, the season is almost done and I'm going to put it all out there.
However, playing all these minutes shows me how tough NBA players are. In most normal circumstances, NBA players play 4 games in 5 nights. This season, there are 3 games in 3 nights. Yes, they are professionals and they are paid to perform well. However, these NBA players are elite athletes while the rest of us are just mere mortals.
All in all, if you ever thought to yourself that you could play HUGE minutes night after night, try it out. You might change your tune.....