As I usually do a few times a week, I played pick-up basketball early this morning from 5:50-7:15am. We’ve got a great group of guys (and one woman) who hustle, play defense, share the ball, and basically understand the game. While I sort of know some of these guys (since it’s mostly men) outside of the game, I don’t really work closely or spend any significant time with any of them. I’ve always wondered if how someone is in our games is how they are in other parts of their life?
Is the guy, who slacks on defense, also slack at work? Life? Is the person, who doesn’t call out screens or switches, not a good communicator in other relationships? Is the self-centered shooter, who regularly chucks up contested shots, selfish in other aspects of his life?
Does the person, who shares the ball and passes up a good shot for an even better shot, unselfish in other things? Does the player, who directs traffic on a fast break, lead equally effectively in his job or at his house? Is the guy, who regularly calls his own fouls and honestly tells if he barely touched a ball going out of bounds, equally honest in calling out his own mistakes in life?
Like I said, I know some of them off the court, and some match their on court personas. I guess the next question is, how am *I* like or unlike the way I play in those pick-up games?