- May 1, 2009
1-Guys get hurt in real games too.Really
By pickup games, I mean vcu players going out and running full court with non vcu players at cary street gym or outside on the playground..games are self-refereed and the rules aren't so cut and dry.
The type of game in which say, Vince William's goes up for a rebound and some douche bag on the opposing team wants to prove a point and decides to use "hook and hold" technique to keep him off the ball and separates Vince's shoulder.
When I went to school, vcu players used to play pick up all the times in fsg with students, you always had some clowns out there would wanted to prove they could dunk on or do something to show up players.
The last four critical injuries (Marcus's two Achilles and both of Vince's shoulders) came off pick up games.
The end result was Marcus lost 18 months of basketball development and this the second straight summer vince lost a chance to develop his skills.
I have no problem with the players running full court with each other in the bdc where its monitored by the coaching staff.
I do have a problem with players going a playing unsupervised old fashion "street ball" pickup games where the probability of injury increases.
2-If you want to get better at at sport, it's probably a good idea to play said sport.
3-These guys play pickup at BDC against our players, alums, other pros in town for the summer, etc. This isn't Tyler and Hunter from the Sig Ep house at the YMCA. Marcus got hurt playing at BDC.
4-Not only is unrealistic for the staff to be around at all hours to "supervise" these games, it's actually against the rules.
5-Nobody wants to see guys get hurt, but you are completely overthinking this.
6-I like numbered lists.