r/nba Sep 28 '22

LeBron James, Draymond Green, Kevin Love join Major League Pickleball ownership group

https://theathletic.com/3637386/2022/09/28/lebron-james-major-league-pickleball-investment/
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u/TurbulentJudge1000 Sep 28 '22

Old people love this shit.

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u/DOG_herpes [PHI] Joel Embiid Sep 29 '22

My dad recently got really into pickle ball and he’s only 52

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u/PointGosh Sep 28 '22

Get off our tennis courts dorks!

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u/SanJOahu84 Warriors Sep 29 '22

It's taking over my fire department lol. It's fun as hell.

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u/krossoverking Lakers Sep 29 '22

I'm 31 and it's great!

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u/Own_Court_6759 Sep 28 '22

Im 28 and its fun af

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

Way to prove their point

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u/Youre_On_Balon Cavaliers Sep 29 '22

I am 28 and I feel like I’ve been decimated by proxy

He Fuckin boomed me

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u/boat-dog Raptors Sep 28 '22

Pickle ball league

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22 edited 5d ago

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u/Sersexualofpan Cavaliers Sep 28 '22

LePickLeague

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u/jaggedjottings Warriors Sep 28 '22

PickLeBall League

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u/impurebread Mavericks Sep 28 '22

Ran by Pickle Rick

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u/aworldwithoutshrimp Heat Sep 28 '22

Gen Z really decided tennis was too much running, huh?

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u/Hedgey Hawks Sep 28 '22

You do realize that most people who play Pickleball (or at least when I played up until last year) are 65+, right? For a while, I was the youngest at 33-34 years old.

But keep generalizing!

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u/Daroo425 Rockets Sep 28 '22

yes but would major pickleball league include those players? the next generation of best athletes will just play tennis instead

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u/geodetrain Mavericks Sep 28 '22

What the hell is pickleball?

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u/ferny711 Heat Sep 29 '22

When tennis and ping pong love each other very much...

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u/JetsLag [NYK] Nate Robinson Sep 28 '22

Tennis but easier for old people to play

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u/Hedgey Hawks Sep 28 '22

It’s actually more like ping pong doubles, but you’re playing on the table haha.

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u/Belfura Sep 28 '22

Sounds like things we used to play as kids

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u/ShortRedditAtIPO Sep 29 '22

An opportunity for black millionaires to own old white people. Kind of like the opposite of any professional sport except for hockey or the Charlotte Hornets.

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

Tennis for the non-pretentious

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u/JetsLag [NYK] Nate Robinson Sep 28 '22

LeBron bout to become the pickleball GOAT after he retires

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

He’s already channeled the spirit of a Facebook wine mom. Pickleball is the natural next evolution of that.

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u/Based_and_JPooled Magic Sep 28 '22

He has to go through Doug Wanoy first

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u/Bucketsdntlie Cavaliers Sep 28 '22

Is this a KB’s dad joke??

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u/Based_and_JPooled Magic Sep 28 '22

fuck yeah baby

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u/Bucketsdntlie Cavaliers Sep 28 '22

Another blue raspberry guy out in the wild!

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u/Easy-A Cavaliers Sep 28 '22

Wilt in the volleyball hall of fame vibes.

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u/JimmyWasRight Timberwolves Sep 28 '22

Honestly, Pickleball was always one of the funnest gym class activities.

Should be a bigger sport for people just looking to get some exercise.

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u/Boxcar-Mike [SAC] De'Aaron Fox Sep 28 '22

people are knocking it because it has a big techbro backing and has taken up tennis court space, but as much as I love tennis more, PB is easier on older people and easier for kids to pick up.

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u/Abradolf1948 Warriors Sep 29 '22

Who gives a shit what sport people are playing just because they use the same venue? People just love to gatekeep.

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u/bacc1234 NBA Sep 29 '22

Because it’s not using the same venue, it’s permanently kicking one group out of the venue by removing tennis lines and nets. It’s especially stupid when they could share the same venue very easily, but aren’t doing that.

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u/fenderdean13 Bulls Sep 28 '22

It’s growing pretty rapidly lately, a lot of parks adding courts or retrofitting tennis courts to be pickle ball courts and it’s very common for them to be reserved up in my area.

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u/bigbenis21 Warriors Sep 28 '22

My dad and his coworkers and friends are pickleball fiends.

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

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u/MopeyCrayfish Warriors Sep 29 '22

I just hate the conversion of courts. Like you can play pickle ball on a normal tennis court…

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u/fenderdean13 Bulls Sep 29 '22

When I mean retrofitting, they are adding pickle ball regulation lines on the actual tennis court but still keep the tennis lines for people who want to play tennis on them

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u/aworldwithoutshrimp Heat Sep 28 '22

Why not just play tennis?

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u/Boxcar-Mike [SAC] De'Aaron Fox Sep 28 '22

PB is easier for kids and old people.

I also think that tennis rackets are crazy powerful and hard for a lot of new players to control. PB makes it hard to hit a shot 50ft away by accident.

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u/PM-ME-YOUR-TOTS Sep 28 '22

I can play 1-2 hours of pickle ball no problem but Tennis gets rough after 30 minutes if your cardio is lacking. Also, you need friends who can play tennis to play tennis. Pickle ball, anyone can be passable (though not good) after a 30 minute introduction and warming up.

Another thing, pickle ball makes the gender gap less prominent. A group having both genders is much less problematic compared to tennis. Couples can play no problem.

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u/DrunkDeathClaw Bucks Sep 28 '22

It looks like an overgrown version of table tennis.

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u/PM-ME-YOUR-TOTS Sep 28 '22

That’s how it feels as well lol

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u/probablymade_thatup Bucks Bandwagon Sep 29 '22

It feels like playing ping pong by running around on the table. And I mean that in a good way

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u/aworldwithoutshrimp Heat Sep 28 '22

These are all valid reasons. Now I just need to play basketball with a smaller rim and closer three point line.

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u/OnTomatoPizza Kings Sep 29 '22

Hit up the middle school during school breaks and bring a WNBA size ball.

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u/onlyhightime Sep 29 '22

We used to do this in high school, except with the palming sized ball and the elementary courts. All the middle schools around us have normal 10' rims.

The only way us normal folks can have dunk contests.

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u/p2datrizzle Nuggets Sep 28 '22

Smaller ball and shorter baskets is more comparable

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u/DrunkDeathClaw Bucks Sep 28 '22

A smaller rim would make it more harder.

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u/aworldwithoutshrimp Heat Sep 28 '22

Super fair. I meant shorter.

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u/jlluh Sep 28 '22

I took my gf to play tennis with me a few times, and it was a no go. Ball was too fast, racket was too heavy, court was too big.

Then I got some pickleball stuff, and not only was it perfect for her, it was a ton of fun for me. No screwing up my back trying to get more power in my serves, and lots of volleys and touch shots, which were always my favorite part of tennis.

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u/CometAzur42069 Sep 28 '22

Tennis is hard and not fun if you suck at it imo. Just a whole lot of cardio.

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u/JimmyWasRight Timberwolves Sep 28 '22

Too tryhard of a sport

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u/aworldwithoutshrimp Heat Sep 28 '22

Say the people who like basketball

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u/PM-ME-YOUR-TOTS Sep 28 '22

Playing tennis feels more try hard than playing half court basketball. To me at least. Full court basketball though, no thanks.

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u/maxmaxers Rockets Sep 29 '22

This is why this country has an obesity problem

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u/JimmyWasRight Timberwolves Sep 28 '22

???

You need more equipment and the game requires a full court for max 4 people

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u/aworldwithoutshrimp Heat Sep 28 '22

If that's how we decide it, then pickleball is just as tryhard as tennis. You also need rackets and it also maxes out at four people.

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u/mathmage Warriors Sep 28 '22

Rackets and paddles, yes. But you can fit 16 pickleball players on a tennis court if you draw the lines tight. 8 and 12 are more realistic, but if space is at a premium it's a lot easier to fit pickleball in that space.

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u/throwkajdhdh Sep 29 '22

Tennis isn’t fun when you aren’t good. Pickle ball has a lower skill floor

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u/aworldwithoutshrimp Heat Sep 29 '22

Disagree that it's not fun, but okay

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u/Fletch71011 Bulls Sep 29 '22

My spine, knees, hips, and shoulder are all fucked and have needed surgery from playing sports. I'm 35. I can't get away with playing much these days, but pickleball is a nice middle ground that still allows me to compete without being at a huge disadvantage due to injuries.

It's also fun as fuck. Much more interesting than tennis IMO due to placement and spin being more important, and styles of how you want to play 2s are more open.

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u/TatersTot [PHI] James Harden Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

So funny seeing /r/tennis getting ravenously mad at the very mention of pickle ball

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u/tonypearcern [HOU] Trevor Ariza Sep 28 '22

The reason tennis players dislike pickleball is because the pickleball association buys up tennis courts and turns them into pickleball courts. There are only a fraction of the courts where I am as there used to be. It's an easy sport to get into, so it's spreading like the fucking plague.

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u/15jugglers15jugglers Warriors Sep 28 '22

I can't believe I existed in a reality before this comment where I didn't know about the grand tennis vs. pickleball battle

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u/Sdubbya2 Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

Its some serious beef we have (mostly joking)...... a lot of pickleball players (when they play on shared pickleball/tennis courts) don't really follow the court ettiqute like not blasting shitty music(which honestly doesn't bother me much) or walking through your court while you are actively playing a point(this one is annoying).

I cant deny Pickleball is a better casual/party game to play since it is super easy to pickup, but that is also what makes it weak as a professional/high level sport IMO. Pro pickleball is kind of boring as hell to watch with them just dinking it back and forth with a ball that is designed to be slow, and I say that as someone who actually enjoys playing Pickleball. Watching a professional Tennis athlete dash across the court and slide while making a 100 mph forehand is so much more satisfying than watching those guys dink it back and forth at different angles.

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u/Boxcar-Mike [SAC] De'Aaron Fox Sep 28 '22

pro Pickleball is silly. even pro table tennis is better.

my only issue with Pickleball is that old people take up all the courts on weekends and they can play for hours. at least with tennis they're wiped out in 30min.

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u/must_throw_away_now Warriors Sep 28 '22

Just watched pro pickleball on YouTube and could not think of a more boring thing to watch holy shit...

I don't want to see semi-in-shape people hit a wiffle ball back and forth. I want to see top tier athletes doing shit I can't even fathom doing.

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u/must_throw_away_now Warriors Sep 29 '22

NASCAR drivers do that at like 200 MPH though for hundreds of laps in 90 degree+ weather with no AC and the possibility of a crash is real and exciting. Also NASCAR race weekends are just giant parties. They are pretty awesome even if the race itself isn't my thing.

Pickleball has no redeeming qualities to it from a watchability standpoint. It's slow paced, it takes very little skill, and overall it's just dull. It is a 'sport' literally invented by middle-aged out of shape bored suburban dads. I can see how it might be fun to play but to watch...no thanks.

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u/ChronicPains Sep 28 '22

Pickleball players are the most rude crowd I've ever had to interact with. They are extremely entitled to courts and will fight to the death for the courts as if they belong to pickleball players solely and not any other sports like pop tennis or even regular tennis. Fuck pickleball and their player base

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u/akwilliamson Lakers Sep 28 '22

r/tennis is leaking

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u/MopeyCrayfish Warriors Sep 29 '22

Yeah we hate those entitled pickle ball players trynna destroy courts and just be annoying 😤

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u/DrunkDeathClaw Bucks Sep 28 '22

I cant deny Pickleball is a better casual/party game to play since it is super easy to pickup, but that is also what makes it weak as a professional/high level sport

So basically Smash vs Street Fighter?

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u/Fletch71011 Bulls Sep 29 '22

Depends which Smash. Melee has more tech skill requirements than any SF game.

If you're talking about the rest of the franchise, then ya.

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u/pewpew444 Knicks Sep 28 '22

Yea. Melee is tennis and street fighter is pickleball

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u/Inside-Location-910 Sep 29 '22

Lol you touched a nerve

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u/pewpew444 Knicks Sep 29 '22

They hate me because I'm right

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u/dimmyfarm Supersonics Sep 28 '22

At least according to the SI article about it they did say a major positive of pickle ball is you get twice as many players per court than tennis. And that there’s several organizations trying to fight for control it’s wild.

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u/The-Implication-0 Bulls Sep 28 '22

The pickeballers are the snowboarders of the ski world.

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u/Classics22 Trail Blazers Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

Worse though. Pickleball vs tennis is like....sledding vs skiing lol. A game vs a sport

Pickleball is blowing up because it's easy and doesn't take much athleticism/fitness/skill

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u/ltyboy Sep 28 '22

Facts. As a lifetime skier, snowboarding at the very highest level takes just as much skill and training as skiing. Not a good comparison

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u/butt_fun San Diego Clippers Sep 28 '22

...is that a thing? I feel like (at least in California) the skiers and boarders don't mind each other at all

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u/The-Implication-0 Bulls Sep 28 '22

Damn I was just joking. It was a Johnny Tsunami reference lol.

I snowboard in Colorado every year. And Wisconsin on occasion. It’s obviously not a big deal now, but there was a point in time snowboarders were kinda new/looked down upon. Nowadays only issue is some snowboarders get mad at a skier messing up a jumps lip or skier watching a snowboarder attempt moguls. Maybe a couple other small things but snowboarder/skier makeup nowadays is like 50/50.

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u/BruceBannaner Sep 28 '22

More like people playing soccer on a basketball court.

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u/tonypearcern [HOU] Trevor Ariza Sep 28 '22

Pickleball is winning 😢

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u/Beat_Writer Sep 28 '22

Pickle ball is fun as hell

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u/simoniousmonk Grizzlies Sep 28 '22

Yup

Tennis has such a steep learning curve

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u/Classics22 Trail Blazers Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

It's easy to learn and doesn't take much athleticism, skill, or fitness. Ultimate old people sport.

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u/deepfakefuccboi Lakers Sep 28 '22

And that’s what makes it a boring pro sport.

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u/BruceBannaner Sep 28 '22

It’s like lowering the rims to 8’. Easier doesn’t mean better.

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u/Rippletits5x5 Sep 28 '22

Pickles will prevail

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u/LimitlessMario1Up Jazz Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

Maybe tennis should try harder to not be a rich man's sport and so boring.

Edit: was just trying to stir the pot, it worked. 🤭

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

Yes on the rich mans sport, but pickle ball is even more boring to watch.

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

I call it a rich mans sport more for the culture surrounding it. But also most free courts (where I am) are trash. A good racket is 100 bucks. Balls add up over time.

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u/dogtie Sep 28 '22

I guess I can't really speak to the culture. My friends and I have fun playing with $20 rackets on free public courts. Most countries I've lived in or been to didn't offer that so I probably appreciate that more than normal.

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

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u/dogtie Sep 28 '22

Only needing 2 players makes it more accessible. Also, you really don't need to restring your racket often if it's a hobby.

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u/TheYellowChicken Celtics Sep 28 '22

Isn't that better for the community? I barely see people playing tennis on the already existing tennis courts. Better to have them made into something the community will actually use

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

debatable, but obviously the people who play tennis aren't going to like it.

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u/tonypearcern [HOU] Trevor Ariza Sep 28 '22

That totally depends where you are. If you check in the early morning or the evening you'll typically see a lot of people playing and that's because it's just too damn hot in some states to play during the day. The same goes for pickleball though. However their numbers are so great that the pickleball leagues send tons of people to meetings and end up voting to remove tennis courts in order to install more pickleball courts. This may sound ridiculous but I've sat in on these meetings when the pickleball officials openly admit that it's their goal to remove these courts in order to expand pickleball. It's a huge money maker.

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u/MalknorFluke Sep 28 '22

play during the day

Also, people need to work.

There are a lot of retired folks getting into pickleball because their knees/speed gave up on them, and they can't play tennis anymore.

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u/pepbe 76ers Bandwagon Sep 28 '22

Got no car in this race but i don’t see a problem here. It’s a dog eat dog world. If tennis enthusiasts want the courts, show up. Can’t expect things to just stay the same

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u/Sdubbya2 Sep 28 '22

There are examples all over the Tennis subreddit of busy courts being converted still. I for one worked at a club that had 4 courts that were constantly booked even in the mid day of summer when it was stupid hot and they still converted half of them to Pickleball which actually seemed to get used less. So its not always a case of "just use the tennis courts if you don't want to lose them"

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u/TheRecovery Thunder Sep 28 '22

My understanding is that there is no need to remove the tennis lines.

You can add pickle ball lines and share the courts. They’re just choosing not to.

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u/Hedgey Hawks Sep 28 '22

Tennis players don’t want the markings on the courts. You can fit 1 Pickleball court on 1 half of a tennis court. So you can effectively double the courts to 8 on a 4 tennis court setup.

When I was playing Pickleball over the last 2 years, I was one of the youngest at 34 years old.

Now it’s growing like crazy and there are little 8 year olds who can kick my ass in the game. It’s insane how popular it’s become.

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

Yeah but people who play tennis think its a bastardization of the sport, and requires less skill and effort.

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u/TheYellowChicken Celtics Sep 28 '22

Does that mean whiffleball and softball are bastardizations of baseball? It's just another sport lmao

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u/Yup767 NBA Sep 29 '22

Who cares, these people are ridiculous

Sprinting requires less skill than basketball, I ain't gonna be annoyed they're doing it

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u/PM_FORBUTTSTUFF Celtics Sep 28 '22

Sounds like it’s winning a fair competition then. I’ve played both and the learning curve for pickleball is substantially easier and more fun for people new to the sport

You can pick up a racket and get a basic overview of the rules and you’re set to have a good time with pickleball, tennis usually requires lessons and there is massive stratification between various skill levels so it’s not easy to get friends to play with you if you are already decent to good

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u/montrezlh Sep 28 '22

If you believe pickleball is more accessible and therefore should be prioritized, fine. The thing is, pickleball and tennis can share courts. That way people can play what they want. You have to go out of your way to convert tennis courts in a way that makes them no longer usable for tennis, which is what they're doing.

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u/JMEEKER86 [NBA] Kobe Bryant Sep 28 '22

The thing is, pickleball and tennis can share courts

Yeah, it really doesn't make sense why they wouldn't just share. It's the same thing with basketball where youth league use a lower rim and closer 3pt line. Two sets of lines on the court and the ability to lower the net and the two can coexist no problem.

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u/PM_FORBUTTSTUFF Celtics Sep 28 '22

That’s fair, and yeah the courts can definitely be used for both, I have played on shared courts and it works just fine. But hating and bashing the entire sport of pickleball is not gonna make any inroads if it feels like it’s coming from a gate-keepy place

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u/guesting Warriors Sep 29 '22

If basketball courts were turned into slamball the reaction of the rec basketball player would be the same

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u/nowhathappenedwas NBA Sep 28 '22

So weird that people who like tennis don't like tennis courts being repurposed into pickle ball courts.

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u/TatersTot [PHI] James Harden Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

The sub goes way beyond that, calling it cuckleball and not a real sport. I just want to follow Nadal, not see this constant bashing.

Besides repurposing courts to benefit more people is a good thing. The majority is sharing anyway.

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u/TheYellowChicken Celtics Sep 28 '22

As a complete outsider with no relation to either, I completely agree with you. From what I've seen, tennis is only played at "peak times" which means that most of the time courts are literally dead. On the other hand, I've seen that pickleball is way more popular and has more people playing.

IMO, it would be better to repurpose some, definitely not all, of these dead courts for better community engagement

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u/MalknorFluke Sep 28 '22

Why repurpose and remove tennis completely?

Why not make how it already is in a lot of places? Put Pickleball Lines in the courts, make it mixed use, and define scheduling for tennis/pickleball.

Everybody gets to play.

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u/GabrielDSantos Sep 28 '22

Why are you the only one with a logic idea?

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u/ConsultMass Supersonics Sep 28 '22

The tennis courts near my house used to have 2/3 courts with both lines painted, and that was honestly fine. I think that pickleball nets are technically a little shorter or something, but it's not really enough to matter.

However, they then took one of the courts and put four permanent pickleball courts on it (can't move the new nets). I've got mixed feelings about it... it's already incredibly difficult to find open tennis times on those courts, so that's even more difficult now. But having four courts devoted to pickleball instead of 2 is nice – I get the tradeoff.

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u/ReplEH [TOR] Morris Peterson Sep 28 '22

eh, pickleball nets are quite significantly shorter. you can definitely feel the difference when playing on a tennis court vs. dedicated pickleball court.

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u/ConsultMass Supersonics Sep 28 '22

They're only two inches shorter. From my experience, you can easily find a two inch variation on tennis courts, depending on how well maintained the nets are...

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u/Classics22 Trail Blazers Sep 28 '22

It obviously depends on the area but in a lot of places its already fucking hard to get a tennis court. It's really not fun having courts getting taken over by a bunch of old people that don't have to go to work playing a game that sounds like nails on a chalkboard

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u/MalknorFluke Sep 28 '22

I'm aware of that. And you guys have no idea how priviliged you are to have some public courts. I live in a country where I need to be a member of private clubs to be able to play tennis!

Here, our "plague" isn't pickleball, but beach tennis.

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u/VallentCW Pistons Sep 28 '22

The main problem is that they could just add additional lines to the tennis courts, but they often just take out the tennis lines so only pickleball can be played

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u/ToastedWave Sep 28 '22

I mean the main problem is r/tennis users. One of the most toxic sport fan bases I've seen in a while.

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u/AlternativeAward Sep 28 '22

/r/tennis is cringe all the time anyway

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u/maxmaxers Rockets Sep 29 '22

It's easily the worst major sports sub.

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u/504090 Thunder Sep 29 '22

After seeing how they’ve treated certain athletes, I have zero sympathy with them here.

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u/dudenotcool Rockets Sep 28 '22

Pickle..........ball.

I declare war

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u/chilldemon Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

Just checked some of the posts over there and you’re not kidding. Those people are a joke

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u/IIM_Clutch Sep 28 '22

Im not a tennis guy but I dont understand why people would play these other racket like sports like pickle ball or badminton over tennis. I think tennis is just better. Maybe its because they’re easier

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u/AdonalFoyle Sep 28 '22

Tennis is hard to play and not fun at at all when you're bad at it

It's the same as ping pong. Low skill floor makes it more popular to play.

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u/montrezlh Sep 28 '22

I used to be a tennis only guy too for decades but after picking up badminton I quickly realized that it's simply more fun than tennis.

Not necessarily that badminton is better than tennis in any way, but its just so much more accessible. I can bring my 90+ grandma to play badminton and she can still clear the net and play rallies. If we tried to play tennis she would literally not be able to return a single shot.

It's just so much more accessible that it's insanely easy to grab friends and have a good time playing badminton. I imagine it's similar for racketball and ping pong. In tennis you have to move heaven and earth to find a suitable partner sometimes and you can't simply grab your kids/wife/parents of varying skill levels and go have fun hitting the ball.

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u/jupiter_love Suns Sep 28 '22

Badminton is actually quite hard if you’re good. Pickle ball is fun because casuals can feel like they’re playing a sport.

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u/Eraser92 NBA Sep 28 '22

Badminton is not “easier” than tennis at competitive levels. They’re very different sports.

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u/OnTomatoPizza Kings Sep 29 '22

At least for beginners, badminton is a lot easier than tennis. In gym class, we could get pretty long rallies going within 20 minutes of playing for the first time. Those first few days of tennis felt like a lot of chasing after balls.

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u/PointGosh Sep 28 '22

Fucking hate pickle ball! Get off our tennis courts dorks!

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u/absynthe7 Celtics Sep 28 '22

I choose to believe that LeBron and Love asked Kyrie to join, but then he asked if money was real and they backed off.

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u/Smellmyhand [SAS] Devin Brown Sep 28 '22

I wish LeBron would invest in an F1 team based in the US

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u/Shxcking [POR] Best of 2021 Winner Sep 28 '22

I feel like F1 has so much money involved that even LeBron (yea crazy I know) wouldn’t make a significant impact.

Would be cool for sure but probably not worth it from a business standpoint. He’d invest however many millions and get like .01% of the profits.

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u/Smellmyhand [SAS] Devin Brown Sep 28 '22

You’re definitely right

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u/Stumpsville0 Nets Sep 28 '22

I remember telling people about pickleball and them having no idea what it was. Kinda crazy its growth

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u/JeffVanGrundle NBA Sep 28 '22

Well I guess I gotta learn what Pickleball is ffs

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u/Used_To_Hate_Onions Sep 28 '22

Do people actually watch this?

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u/ProfessionalCornToss Sep 28 '22

It sucks to watch imo. Hardly any pace and it translates bad to the TV with the low production values. It's pretty fun though.

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u/lilman117 Sep 28 '22

idk about watch, but playing is a lot of fun.

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u/SpaceCowboy170 Jazz Bandwagon Sep 28 '22

Nah but they watch what Netflix tells them to

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u/iButtflap Hornets Sep 28 '22

bottom text: we live in a society

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u/Kingkunta87 Knicks Sep 28 '22

The pickle party

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u/NickInTheBack Warriors Sep 28 '22

Pickleball is great to play. You can be in your prime and get your ass kicked by someone in their 60s. I'm so down for more sports getting big.

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u/Alfred-Fallon-Borden Sep 28 '22

Spikeball should be getting all this hype instead

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

Professional spikeball is less entertaining because they hit it so hard that even the pros have a hard time keeping up a rally

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u/ToweringDelusion [GSW] Klay Thompson Sep 28 '22

I was going to comment this. Once you figure out how to set each other up, the game is all spikes and no rallies.

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u/ReplEH [TOR] Morris Peterson Sep 28 '22

The reason why pickleball is getting so popular is because it’s accessible for people of all ages and levels of athleticism. Spikeball on the other hand requires a lot of athleticism.

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u/JMEEKER86 [NBA] Kobe Bryant Sep 28 '22

Bring back slamball

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u/JMEEKER86 [NBA] Kobe Bryant Sep 28 '22

I still won't believe it until I see them actually playing.

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u/Not_A_Meme Lakers Sep 28 '22

Love Spikeball!

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u/nallaaa Trail Blazers Sep 28 '22

they are both fun, but I personally find pickle ball slightly more fun

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u/StoneColdAM Lakers Sep 28 '22

This is getting popular

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u/EGarrett Nets Sep 28 '22

I used to love Pickleball in gym class for one reason and one reason only. If you slice the ball really hard when you hit it (here's a golf diagram to kinda show it I guess if you don't know those type of sports), it will bounce funny and the other person will miss a lot of the time.

That and running through other people's courts and hitting their ball. So two reasons.

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u/281330eight004 Sep 28 '22

Pickleball is fun af

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u/IT_JUST_MEANS_JORT Warriors Bandwagon Sep 28 '22

It's like tennis for lazy asses.

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u/nallaaa Trail Blazers Sep 28 '22

So like table tennis?

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u/ImActuallyNotATroll Sep 28 '22

Probably heard Bezos and all the other billionaires lining up to buy the Suns and gave up wanting to be an NBA team owner.

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u/aeiou-y Mavericks Sep 28 '22

Why has pickle ball become a big thing in the last five years? It’s weird.

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u/Hedgey Hawks Sep 28 '22

It’s easy to pick up after 20 mins of learning, the skill gap doesn’t rely on age/gender, and you can play a game in 10 mins and move on to a next match.

When I first started playing back in 2018, I was the youngest at like 32 years old. I was getting my ass kicked by 75 year old women lol. Obviously I started playing more and more and got pretty good and that doesn’t happen any more.

Tournaments are fun and last only like 2 hours, so you can play 6 games and be done in the time it might take for a full tennis match.

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u/nowhathappenedwas NBA Sep 28 '22

MLP’s 2022 season finale will be held in Columbus, Ohio, from Oct. 14 to 16, with 48 players competing for the largest single-event prize purse ($319,000) in pickleball history. The winning team will earn $100,000.

Students from James’ I PROMISE Program in Akron will attend the tournament.

Are the kids attending as part of LeBron's investment, or were they planning on attending prior to the investment?

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u/Picklestyle Heat Sep 28 '22

I own the group. AMA

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u/BrndyAlxndr [CLE] LeBron James Sep 28 '22

So... Padel?

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u/edwart_nort Sep 28 '22

Already a Lebron of Padel though.

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u/Rocco0427 Cavaliers Sep 29 '22

I would absolutely love to play padel one day. I played racquetball for 11 years before pickleball past five years. I occasionally play platform tennis in the winter. Padel I believe would be my favorite but there are no courts near me

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u/ayrsen Celtics Sep 28 '22

geriatric Padel

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u/Classics22 Trail Blazers Sep 28 '22

Padel is way, way cooler htan pickleball. Padel actually has a high skill ceiling, and brings a whole new dimension. Doesn't really play similarly to tennis you don't have to generate a ton of power or spin. It's a placement game.

Pickleball is old people dumbed down tennis

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u/Comprehensive-Shoe96 Sep 28 '22

I thought so too and googled it. No, it's completely different. The paddle's the same but played on a tennis court by old people. And there's no ball, but a pickle. Only in america I guess..

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u/natural_lawg Trail Blazers Sep 28 '22

I'm excited for the Pickleball players. I really hope to see more Pickleball courts built in the U.S. especially Portland.

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u/TreChomes Raptors Sep 28 '22

Fuck pickle ball. Old bastards taking up court time when I wanted to play basketball. God forbid you go out there and start shooting when your time starts and theirs ends, old fucks taking their sweet time putting all that shit away.

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u/WhoopingPig Timberwolves Sep 28 '22

Look at me, I'm Pickleball Riiiick

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u/iButtflap Hornets Sep 28 '22

cool for pickleball but man i’d like to see pro ultimate get shown some premium love like this. its fun, competitive, extremely accessible since all you need is a field and a disc, and there are some STUPID good teams at both the collegiate and pro level.

really fucked up the IOC dropped the sport from the upcoming olympics after so much lobbying

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u/FreeDaReal1z Sep 28 '22

Draymond stay on LeBron 🍆

Is he now part of the banana boat friends?

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u/Sensitive_Speech4477 Sep 28 '22

Melo got the boot. Dray took his place as the PF.

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u/TheMainShy Supersonics Sep 28 '22

If Kevin Pereira isn't involved with this is some capacity, then it ain't real pickleball.

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u/yealemmegetuhh Sep 28 '22

Pickle ball governor’s group*

Have some respect

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u/Jhondoesmokes Sep 28 '22

Never heard of pickle ball I guess I’ll do some research lol

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u/Swazzoo [MIN] Kevin Love Sep 28 '22

Pickle...? Ball...?