-- Michael Scott, The Office
If you haven't watched NBC's The Office, you probably have also wondered what's going on with the "Dwight Schrute" link on the right. My advice to you: Rent the first season of the show and enjoy! It is--scratch that--it was the highlight of my television week, until the writers' strike ended the season.
One of my favorite episodes is the Basketball episode, condensed above. I have a new appreciation for it, too, since I've started playing in the Plymouth City League A Division (there's A and B) on Monday and Wednesday nights. When I was in 7th and 8th grade, I used to scorekeep for the league, and now here I am playing in it with Plymouth Plumbing and Heating. We improved our record to 4-1 with a win on Monday night on a fast break layup with less than 5 seconds left. The 6 people in the gym watching (Ellie was one of them--what a wife!) found it very exciting.
As I said, I've got a new appreciation for the clip I posted above. In the game before our game on Monday night, one of the teams (wearing white undershirts) only had 5 players and were getting tired. What did they do? What any B-league team would do--they recruited the scorekeeper, who happened to be wearing a white shirt, to give them some minutes off the bench. And he did--in jeans and all. The best part: he still had his cell phone clipped to his waist when he started. It was removed after it got knocked off in a scramble for a loose ball. Hilarious.
Much like Jim from The Office, basketball was "kinda my thing" in high school. I was never much of a shooter, but I was pretty quick and could play good defense. I've lost some of that since I developed a certain ambition, but when you consider that some of the guys playing were also playing when I was scorekeeping, I'm still at an advantage.
Is there much of a correlation between basketball and running? Not really. I get tired pretty quick, but my recovery time is about 15 seconds and I'm ready to go again. Is it good for my ankle that gets sprained seemingly every time I try go on a trail run? Actually, it's pretty therapeutic for the little bugger. My ankle is sore immediately after the game, but the next day it feels stronger and the pain-free ranges of motion have increased. I don't wear a brace on it because I am rehabbing it and don't want to give it extra support--I want my own body to provide that in the form of stronger ligaments, tendons, and fascia.
While basketball probably isn't the best form of cross training for running, it's certainly not the worst, and I enjoy it far too much to give it up. It's kinda like golf...it only takes one good shot to keep you coming back. Example: last night I made some great moves to get into the lane, but couldn't finish the layup on a couple of them. If I had scored, I'm certain the "crowd" of 6 people would have together went, "ooooooh." Well, at least Ellie would have.