I got to play some ball today, and I took a second to take this picture.
My main concern was to freeze the ball. To do this, I had to up the shutter to 1/400th, which I thought would be a lot less, somewhere around 1/200th. I did not want the image to be too noisy, so I had to balance the aperture and ISO. I chose to shoot at f1.4. For me shooting at f1.4 wasn't much of a problem because the elements in the image were pretty much playing on the same plane. I knew that from where I was standing the top of the backboard, and the net would both be in focus. Lastly was the ISO. Even though the ISO is at 2500, I knew I could mask the noise in post by turning the noise into grain.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Zeiss Planar t* 1.4/50 ZE
Focal Length: 50mm