The Life and Times of a Hooper
(The Hoopers Sacrifice)
It starts at a young age wanting to be the best basketball player you can be and idolizing the greats that you watched on television growing up. Players like Magic, Penny, Jordan, Kobe, & Bird.
Going to the gym early before practice and staying after to improve your game in order to reach your greatest potential is the bare minimum of the hoopers sacrifice . Those of us who make it on to play college basketball are blessed beyond measure. Not every hard working and dedicated athlete always gets the opportunity to play college ball so remain humble and work hard. Moving along, being a college athlete is a huge commitment and sacrifice. You can’t always go out partying with our friends and live a normal college life. You have to give a lot of time to the game of basketball if you want to be better than the average player.
A Typical Schedule for an college basketball player:
6:00-6:45 a.m – Individual workouts
8:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. – Class
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m Weights
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Film session
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Practice
Also, don’t forget to get your study hall hours for the week.
Not only do you have busy schedule with basketball, but you also have to make the grades in order to play. This means after your busy schedule you have to complete all of your assignments, study for test, write papers, etc. Once the actual season starts you are faced with another challenge of missing school because of road games. It’s up to you to communicate with your professors in order to get your assignments to have your work completed by the next class session. Being a student athlete is a full-time job that can certainly benefit you if you stay focused and put in the work. There is always somebody working just as hard as you ready to take your spot so stay focused and grind!
After college the chances of playing basketball on a professional level is even slimmer. At this point your know what it means to work hard and what it takes to remain on a roster. For lots of players the next destination is overseas if you don’t make it to the NBA. I was one of those players who lived the overseas life of basketball. I retired early to pursue other endeavors, but that’s another story. Moving along, you have to be mentally strong and really be on top of your game to play basketball professionally overseas. Living in a foreign country by yourself can be mentally and physically tough. I’ve heard this from a few overseas hoopers that I’ve conversed with. I’ve also slightly experienced this myself in my first season in Europe, Finland. I read an article in which Josh Childress was interviewed and he spoke about how he had 8 hour bus rides for games, small hotels, and he basically had to do his own treatment and recovery. If that has happened to him being in one of the top leagues in Europe I know guys on lower level teams have experienced the same issues. I was fortunate to not have to deal with those issues while playing in Australia. Regardless of one’s situation, there is always somebody in good physical shape waiting to get a call to go play ball overseas. That is why I have always remained grateful and worked hard during my tenure as a basketball player.
The life and times of a hooper is unique to each individual baller, but there are always many common factors. Although I didn’t touch on each and every aspect of a hooper, I’m hooping this blog sheds some light on the lifestyle of basketballers.
John A Pichon
Back when I played overseas