Our Pennsylvania barn hosted cattle on the first floor. On the second there were four large sections — one for straw, one for hay, one for equipment and one for basketball. We hung a backboard and rim at each end of the section. There we established our glory.
Last evening I watched from the sidelines but played guard nonetheless. My set shot was pretty good. There are changes: these squirts palm the ball. We couldn’t. They push and shove. We couldn’t. But now, like then, you can argue who touched it last before the ball veered across the lawn.
The game shown above was opening act for the later NBA game in which the Heat trounced the Thunder. (I didn’t hear the name Oklahoma City, just Thunder.)
Before, during and after the game, my mind puzzled a question. When and how and why did “playing basketball” become “shooting hoops?”