24 Oct

An alley-oop is a kind of play in basketball when one player makes a pass in the air to his teammate and the teammate catches the ball and finishes at the rim. This play is one of the most spectacular parts of basketball or in my opinion is even one of the most exciting and magnificent plays to watch in all of sports. An alley-oop is basically one player assisting his teammate to score by finding him open, near the basket.

Lakers new center Dwight Howard dunks an ally-oop pass from Kobe Bryant!!!

I started playing basketball pretty late, when I was around 11 or 12 but I can say that even if I just play this sport for recreation it has made a big impact on my life. I feel that basketball is like my alley-oop in life since it helps me relieve my stress and tension and I also feel like it taught me a lot of values and helped me meet a lot of new people who eventually became my friends and people I can rely on.

I was never the sporty or athletic kind of person and when I was a kid I would be more of the bum at home, play video games, and eat junk foods kind of guy. I was rather fat and unhealthy with a low self-confidence. Eventually I felt this needed to change and with the influence of some friends as well I started getting into sports mainly basketball, I would often play in the village, school and random games organized among friends. Although I would play for just recreation it kind of changed me, It helped me mingle and meet new people through common liking and this was something great for me since I was very shy when I was young.  Through countless hours of playing I made a lot of friends since it is a team sport and you do need to have good chemistry with your teammates in order to win. It helped me socialize and learn how to go outside of the box I kept myself in. Another reason why I would say basketball helped me become a better person is because I learned to work with others, I am stubborn, and headstrong but in life you must be able to work with others since it will always throw you in situations where you will need to adjust around other people. This sport taught me how to work and adjust when I’m with different kinds of people. Aside from people skills and all that it made me more fit which was great for me since being fit would definitely boost any person’s self-confidence and it’s great to live a healthy life style. Whenever there is something bothering me or I am stressed about something  I look forward to playing basketball since this is my way of relieving all the stress and tension, As it has been proven and I have learned in the semester, Exercise is the one of the best way to deal with stress and for me this is the best way possible because when I’m on the court may it be just alone shooting around I feel at peace, I can focus and just forget the nonsense around me and divert my mind to something I enjoy doing.

            I am thankful and glad I got into this sport because it changed me and made me a better person all around. I learned values such as teamwork, camaraderie, believing in yourself or confidence and it also helped me balance my life by motivating me to stop being a couch potato and exercise and also relieve my stress. Basketball was and is my alley-oop to becoming a better person in life, It assisted me just like how one one player would assist his teammate to an easy bucket by finding him in the air for an alley-oop.


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