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78 Year-Old Man Still Goes Hard in the Paint

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Ron Beals just broke my ankles while I sat in this office chair

This may be old news to some of you, but I recently learned about the amazing Ron Beals.  Ron fits into a category of baller found across the nation – the ‘old-heads’ as they’re called on my local playground.  Some of you may refer to these type of players as ‘gramps’ or some other derogatory senior-citizen term.  These are the aging men find playing basketball is their favorite form of exercise.  Whether their former collegiate athletes or they’ve just love playing the game for fun, these fellows are a tricky bunch who will surprise you if you aren’t careful.  But this old-head isn’t typical by any means.  Ron Beals still tears it up on the courts of Venice Beach at the age of 78.  That is unbelievable and inspiring, especially to those who hope to play into their twilight.

You may recognize this picture.  He’s somewhat of a celebrity.  In fact, he made an appearance in the go-to movie for all aging ball players, White Men Can’t Jump.  And don’t forget this Converse commercial.  The courts at Venice Beach are famous themselves.  Its one of the most notorious outdoor courts where anyone can come get schooled by the local talent, or basically the Rucker Park of the West Coast.  Ron, known to most as a pure shooter, played for Loyola in Chicago and Boise for college, eventually landing a gig with the traveling Harlem Clowns.  He rides his bike to the courts from Santa Monica daily, is a vegetarian, and has a degree in photography.  To call Beals a ‘jack of all trades’ would be an understatement.  This past year he coached a team in the Venice league.  I’ve never seen him play, but like most ‘old-heads’, he probably got a deceptively good jumpshot, a mystery reserve energy tank, and a collection of sweatbands that’ll make Jackie Moon jealous .  Sounds like a great man to me.

Which raises the question…are there any aging former Cats still playing out there?

Where is Louie Dampier?  Does Kenny Walker stop by your local church league and sky to the heavens on some fools?  Can Kyle Macy be found in a neighborhood playground making it rain from the swingset?  Have you seen Rex Chapman wearing a neon tank top with a boombox blasting Prince on his shoulder?  What Orlando gym does Goose Givens handout ass-kickings with left-handed jumpers?

We need answers people.  Research and report back with your stories of former Kentucky players who can give Ron Beals a run for his movie.

Meanwhile, in West Virginia…

Meanwhile, in Louisville…(NSFW language)

Article written by Chris Thomas

21 Comments for 78 Year-Old Man Still Goes Hard in the Paint



  1. catcrawler
    5:01 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    Dudes got some handles… that crossover looks nasty



  2. Buzzard
    5:08 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    I had a friend who played with Louie Dampier in Oldam County a few years back. He said, “Louie don’t miss.”



  3. Fear the Lamb
    5:13 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    Pops gots skillz!



  4. me15nsa
    5:18 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    KSR needs editors.



  5. Scout
    5:23 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    Louie is still playing in leagues around Louisville.



  6. echo 1
    5:50 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    The most amazing part of this story is that apparently one can obtain a degree in photography.



  7. Hambone1480
    6:16 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    Dale Brown officiated my league at the Y for a couple seasons a few years ago before he began coaching. It was awesome complaining to him about his calls.



  8. Mr Schwump
    6:26 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    Who gives a rat’s ass about some old fart playing basketball?



  9. Bildo
    7:01 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    Great story, Awful grammar.



  10. KyKid
    7:21 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    I played with Ronnie Lyons in a pretty serious church league in Lexington in the late 90’s. Dude could flat out shoot.



  11. KyKid
    7:22 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    Hey #8- STFU



  12. Grammar Coroner
    7:32 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    The police called and said my services were needed.



  13. voodoodaddy
    8:08 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    Goose Givens lives and works in Northern Kentucky. His wife still lives in his Orlando home.



  14. fatcar
    8:12 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    anybody seen the old man that plays at the johnson center outdoor courts? easily 70+ and he’ll run with any game



  15. kentuckyjoe
    9:05 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    I played at UK in the 60’s. Now mind you I wasn’t good enough to make any team. But, I did play at UK; just not for UK. I’m 67 and playing 3 times a week. I grew up in Kentucky and started playing when I was 10 and I’ve never stopped. A couple of guys in my current group are 79 and I would bet anything that one of them could take this guy Ron Beals; no problem. We’ve got some ex college ball players but no ex UK players.



  16. kentuckyjoe
    9:06 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    I played at UK in the 60’s. Now mind you I wasn’t good enough to make any team. But, I did play at UK; just not for UK. I’m 67 and playing 3 times a week. I grew up in Kentucky and started playing when I was 10 and I’ve never stopped. A couple of guys in my current group are 79 and I would bet anything that one of them could take this guy Ron Beals; no problem. We’ve got some ex college ball players but no ex UK players. Great post Chris. Thanks.



  17. kentuckyjoe
    9:07 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    sorry about the double post. I didn’t mean to do that.



  18. Luvdacats
    10:27 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    Now you did a triple post



  19. minton
    11:07 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    Steve Masiello plays Pop-a-Shot at Gatti-Town



  20. minton
    8:27 am September 9, 2011 Permalink

    Steve Masiello can be seen playing Pop-a-Shot at Gatti-Town.



  21. regman53
    12:37 pm September 9, 2011 Permalink

    that is just plain creepy!!!