At this stage in my life, where I have a career and a family......I don't play at those places that do those intentional fouls on break away lay ups. I can not afford to be limping or possibly even worse into the office the next day looking like a jack *** over a pick up game of hoop. I understand accidents happen and physicality is part of the game. As a kid it was fun, coming home with bruises a busted lip every so often, scraped up knee or elbow. But those days for me are over with.
I usually will just run pick up with a group of guys that know each other and have that unspoken respect. Meaning, lets have some fun, play hard and make sure we get to go home and not a trip to the ER that night before work the next day.
I'm not trying to die playing basketball either. I used to play really physical ball when I was younger but then I see some of my friends getting hurt every time we play ball to the point where they need surgery. No point in killing myself when I need to show up to work and support myself and can't afford to miss because of pick-up basketball.
I love playing organized ball. I feel like you have to think a bit more playing and not everybody can just sit in the paint all day and wait for you to drive into the lane only to hack you. Also, not everybody is running around doing whatever they want. You need the right spacing on the floor and figure out what you need to run based on the defense. It's just more fun to me personally.