I spend a lot of time goofing on the internet when I should be doing other stuff. A lot of that time is spent messing around on YouTube watching old basketball videos and checking out shoes that I can’t be affording right now. So, I wanna share with you my current favorite basketball related video that I have found on YouTube. Maybe you done see this one already, maybe not. Either way, check it out right below here and lemme know what you think about it.
Since my favorite thing to do in my down time is get in a little time on the court, I still try to do this when I am traveling. Granted, this is not always possible since I end up staying in hotels and most of them do not have sweet setups for playing in the back parking lot. And other times I might be traveling with only a carry-on bag and not have room to take my sneakers with me.
Traveling overseas also makes it difficult to sometimes find a place to play basketball since soccer (football) is the big sport over there. Still though, there have been a few times that I was surprised to be able to find a basketball court in a country where I was really surprised that they even knew that the sport was, much less offered me a place to play some b-ball.
Well, the country where this happened to me that I was the most surprised was actually the country of Turkey. I know, weird, right? Well, I was staying at a resort that was just outside of Bodrum, Turkey and there was actually a full-size basketball court on the property. It sounds kind of crazy right? I mean, I am not so sure that I would believe it if I had not been there myself and able to play.
Of course, the bad thing is that the summers there are super freaking hot. And, like a lot of Europe, it is hard to find places with air conditioning in Turkey. Plus, there are a lot of blackouts in the region where I was at due to an overload on the power grid. The reason that I told you all that is that I learned the hard way that getting hot and sweaty playing a little b-ball there was not very wise of me since it was hard to get cooled off once I was done. I ended up having to get in the super crowded pool to cool off, at least until the power came back on and I could relax in the air conditioning.
Still though, a crazy thing to think back on – that I actually played some basketball in Turkey with some locals. It was like being in any city in the U.S. except that the people I was playing against were wearing turbans! Craziness, eh? Good times though.
For me, basketball is life. So for me to not be playing basketball when I have the chance, well that right there is a big freaking deal. Well, it is definitely big deal time. In fact, that time is right now, bro.
Since the last time I updated, I managed to get myself this damn flu that has been going around. I thought that I was in the clear since I had made it this far without getting sick. But nope, it caught up to me and has kicked me in the ass alright.
Man, I can’t do nothing but lay here on the couch and watch me some Spongebob. God, I love that show. Never gets old no matter how many times I’ve seen the same episode. It is the perfect thing to watch when you don’t feel too good and can’t make it out on the the court to get in some game.
At least it is cold outside and I know that if I could get out there, I would be freezing my ass off. So, that makes this whole thing feel a little bit better.
Where do you do your shopping for new basketball shoes? I like to replace mine fairly regularly since they get so much use out on the court. Like a lot of people out there, no matter how many different shoes I try on, I always end up getting myself some sweet new nike basketball shoes. Maybe it is just an old school thing of growing up Michael Jordan was the best athlete in the world and wearing his Nike kicks.
Anyways, that brings me to the point of this – where to go shopping for the new basketball kicks? Back when I was a kid, my mom would take me to the mall and we’d hit up the Shoe Carnival store and score some decent sneakers at a usually cheap price. Of course, these days I cannot find the shoes that I want at discount shops like that.
For me, the first place that I end up going is actually the Foot Locker store at the mall. And one time I managed to score a sweet deal just by dumb luck when I was in Dicks Sporting Goods store. Of course, if I already know the size that I’ll need and the exact style that I want, then I might just pull up the Nike website and have them shipped to my house. of course, I only do this when I am not in a hurry, otherwise I go right to the mall so that I can have them shoes right then and there.
You know what I wish? I think it would be so cool if Nike would just let you join kind of a basketball shoes subscription service to have them automatically sent to you whenever they have new ones coming out. You’d get your size and you would not have to go to the store, where they might already be out of your size.
One area where I probably spend more money than most people in any given year is good shoes for playing basketball. And of course, Nike is where all my money goes when it comes to new basketball kicks. You know, I have actually tried to use other brands of shoes out on the court, but I just play better when I am wearing a pair of Nikes.
Granted, it might all be in my head! lol You see, I grew up back in the day when Michael Jordan and his air jordans were the hottest thing in pro sports. And seeing Mike out their on the court in his Nikes always made me wanna do exactly the same.
All nostalgia aside, I really do think that they make the best shoes for playing basketball. I really have tried others – usually during those periods where I was short on cash and needed to save a little cash on this hobby of mine. But it really did not matter why I needed to use another brand, cause they just did not deliver the same way.
When I was a kid, my mom used to take me to the mall and we’d hit up the Shoe Carnival store to get some cheap b-ball shoes. These days, I still usually end up at the mall when it is time for a new pair of kicks. But instead of the Shoe Carnival, I head into the Foot Locker to try on the latest and greatest pair of Nike b-ball kicks.
What sucks though are those times when they are out of my size! That is really annoying and frustrating. It really makes me wish that Nike had some sort of new shoe release subscription service so that you could get them auto matically delivered to your home when there is a new style released to the market. You would not have to worry about places running out of your size any more! Of course, it would mean that you’d have to wait to get the shoes, which is lame. I love being able to walk into the shoe store and then leave that day with the shoes that I have had my eye on.
Last week I ended up staying at a hotel in Columbus, Ohio that actually has a basketball court outside. How cool is that?! Okay, so let me tell you about it now. It wasn’t exactly a full size basketball court or anything like that. They just had a hoop set up down at the far end of the parking lot. It was one of those really big, long parking lots so pretty much no one was parking down at that end. Though I do wonder if those spaces by the hoop get used if the hotel is at capacity. I am only thinking about that cause there were actually lines painted for the spaces under the hoop and in the playing area. That would really suck if that is the case.
Anyways, at the end of this parking lot there are just some trees and then a tall fence behind them. So, you do not really run the risk of losing your ball out in traffic or even hitting someone’s car and getting them all pissed off about that. So, that is a pretty cool thing this hotel has got going on. Though I do wonder if they have any rules about when you can and cannot be out there using it cause it could be annoying to guests who are trying to sleep in a little or even going to bed a little early. Cause I think we all know that playing basketball results in a lot of noise from the bouncing of the ball, eh?
It was snowing when I was in Ohio, so there was no way that I would have been able to take advantage of that setup and get in a little basketball workout. Of course, even if the weather had been decent I still probably would not have been doing any playing. Why, you ask? Well, I was talking to the hotel desk employee about how cool it is that guests can play ball and he told me that you have to bring your own basketball in order to play cause the hotel does not have any basketballs that you can use. How lame is that? I mean, I guess if I was staying there a while then I could run over to Target or something and pick up a cheap basketball to use but it is still super lame that the hotel does not offer one for guests. I mean, why even mount the basketball hoop up there in the back of the parking lot if you are not going to give people a way to use it, right? But, I guess if I find myself in that part of Ohio again in the future, that I will have to stay there to get in a little b-ball.