As a kid, I always had a basketball in my hands. You couldn’t get it off me! I used to play all day and night in the yard with my friends.
It felt just like playing in the NBA for us, only we were actually just throwing a ball into a rusty metal ring with a half torn net hanging from the bottom.
But as I got older and my game improved so did my expectations of the basketball equipment I used. As my standard improved, so did my equipment.
And I honestly think it helped me improve my game. There’s something that feels just great about playing ball with a nice, high quality basketball and a well made hoop!