I grew up playing basketball in NYC, more specifically in Brooklyn. My childhood hoop dreams were during the height of the Bulls championship runs, the Shammgod move, the 3 J’s in Dallas, the USA Women’s basketball team destroying everyone, the launch of the WNBA and The American Basketball League. I worked on my crossover, jumpshot and passing skills just as hard as I maintained my honor roll status. Height wasn’t (still isn’t) on my side but my jumpshot was (kinda still is) legendary. I definitely earned respect from the dudes I played with and against. At that time I was the only girl hooping in my local playground.
So fast forward many many (plus more) years and I’m home with my children putting in work on this Little Tikes adjustable basketball hoop. My form is on point and I can finally dunk. As I played a shooting game with my oldest child he committed a huge No-No; which I then turned into a teachable moment. When a baller makes the shot you give them the ball back. Where I’m from, that’s called showing R.E.S.P.E.C.T! I can understand how he gets impatient as I drain long range shots from the hallway but Mommy Got Game!
I’m definitely looking forward to coaching my children on an actual basketball court but until then I’m the champion of the livingroom court. Pass the rock Son!!!
Hello and welcome to Mommy Scoreboard. It’s been several years but I remember starting my college application essay with the sentence, “You can always find me with a pen in one hand a basketball in the other.” I enjoy writing but the sport of basketball has been my ultimate joy. Fast forward and now I am the proud parent of three children, a happily married woman and an accomplished recreational basketball player. If I had to update my essay sentence it would read, “You can always find me with a pen, a basketball, a kid or two, a mobile device, a skillet, random toy part, a sippy cup, baby wipes, hand sanitizer and face masks in my hands”…WOW, have times gotten better!