Was lucky to grow up in an area with a few courts around and also got a portable 10' basketball net for my 13th birthday. I know that my friends and I were more into re-enacting big moments from games we watched the night before. I still remeber jordan hitting that 3 against the jazz like it was yesterday cause the next day we all went out and jacked 3s for hours going "3..2...1... (AHHHH the crowd goes crazy!!)"
I'd also try to mimic my favorite players moves. I was a Ewing fan so i took a good few 10' jumpers and worked on my passing... Later (high school) I tried to emulate Tim Duncan's offensive game and used the glass a lot and worked hard on getting good at rebounding. It was fun to pretend when i was a kid. Now I watch my own stats in the mens league I play in and see if I can be effective or find parallels to players in the league. I'm more like a Marcus Camby it seems. I don't get a lot of points but I rack up rebounds and I expend more energy on the defensive end of the floor. Trying to be more Ewing then Camby this season though.