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Basketbol sa Banyo
Monday, August 15, 2005
Kinuha ng Air21 Express sina Anthony Washington, Mac Cardona, at KG Canaleta para sa picks 1, 5, at 6 sa PBA Draft. Hindi iyan balita. Pero: kung matatandaan, miyembro ng Air21 si Wesley Gonzales, na mahigpit ka kaangasan ni Cardona noong mga araw na miyembro pa sila ng Ateneo at La Salle, respectively. Tingnan nga natin ang mangyayari kung pagsamahin sa iisang team ang dalawang boy-angas na 'to.

***

Fast Break
Edward Hirsch
(in memory of Dennis Turner, 1946-1984)

A hook shot kisses the rim and
hangs there, helplessly, but doesn’t drop,

and for once our gangly starting center
boxes out his man and times his jump

perfectly, gathering the orange leather
from the air like a cherished possession

and spinning around to throw a strike
to the outlet who is already shoveling

an underhand pass toward the other guard
scissoring past a flat-footed defender

who looks stunned and nailed to the floor
in the wrong direction, trying to catch sight

of a high, gliding dribble and a man
letting the play develop in front of him

in slow motion, almost exactly
like a coach’s drawing on the blackboard,

both forwards racing down the court
the way that forwards should, fanning out

and filling the lanes in tandem, moving
together as brothers passing the ball

between them without a dribble, without
a single bounce hitting the hardwood

until the guard finally lunges out
and commits to the wrong man

while the power-forward explodes past them
in a fury, taking the ball into the air

by himself now and laying it gently
against the glass for a lay-up,

but losing his balance in the process,
inexplicably falling, hitting the floor

with a wild, headlong motion
for the game he loved like a country

and swiveling back to see an orange blur
floating perfectly through the net.

***

Kinuha para sa second round ng draft sina BJ Manalo at Larry Fonacier. Napunta sa Red Bull si Fonacier. Nakuha rin ng Red Bull si Paolo Bugia para sa third round. Parang nagiging pugad ng mga Atenista ang Red Bull. Wala lang. Gusto ko lang i-share.

***

Napunta sa L.A. Lakers si Kwame Brown. Kung aalalahanin, si Brown ang #1 pick noong panahong President for Basketball Operations ng Washington Wizards si Michael Jordan. Malaki ang pag-asa, dati, na dadalhin niya sa luwalhati ng playoffs ang Washington-- bagay na di niya nagawa. Kung sa bagay, kahit noong bumalik si MJ, hindi rin niya nagawang dalhin sa playoffs ang Wizards, e. 'Yun pa kayang (noo'y) batang patpatin e magagawa 'yun.

Ilan sa mga taong nanggaling din sa Wizards, bago mag-blossom: Chris Webber. Rip Hamilton. Mayroon pang ilan-- kaya ba ninyong silang pangalanan? Clue: negro silang lahat.

Ang punto: may sumpa ang Washington Wizards ("The Washington Curse" kapag iningles. Hwaw.) na humuhusay at nagiging impact player ang mga binibitawan nila dahil hindi makapagpakita nang matino kapag nasa line-up.

Ang punto: good luck kay Kwame. Good luck lalo dahil magiging kakampi niya si Kobe na para bang may tapakoko. Good luck din sa Washington, matapos nilang bitawan si Kwame at (susmaryosep) si Larry Hughes. At sino ang nakuha nilang kapalit? si Caron Butler. Yeah-hey.

***

Basketball's the American Game Because It Is Hysterical
Robert Sward

"Basketball's the American game because it's hysterical," says Lorrie Goldensohn as the players and coaches come
off the bench and the crowd is on its feet yelling and the Knicks are ahead 97-95 with just over three minutes
to go in the fourth quarter and Perry hits from the side and Lorrie's husband, Barry, comes downstairs with a
bottle of scotch and a guide to English verse.

"Unless there is a new mind, there cannot be a new line," he reads refilling our glasses.
"Without invention the line will never again take on its ancient divisions..."

All evening we have been watching the New York Knicks battling the Boston Celtics and having a running
argument about free verse, traditional rhyming poetry, syllabic verse
("what's the point in counting for counting's sake?"), the critic Hugh Kenner,
John Hollander's 'Rhyme's Reason,' the variable foot and the American idiom.

"In and out by Williams," says the announcer, "he's got a nose for the basket." The crowd is on its feet again, roaring.

"We know nothing and can know nothing but the dance, to dance to a measure contrapuntally,
Satirically, the tragic foot," Barry continues.

The Celtics race down the court. "Talk about the green wave coming at you." Bird hits and the Celtics even the score.

"Basketball's the American game because it's like the variable foot," says Lorrie, "it's up in the air all the time.
It's quick and the floor is continually moving and there's this short back and forth factor."

"What I like best about the game," I say, "is shutting my eyes and tuning out the announcer and hearing
Barry read and arguing about poetry and drinking and listening all the while to the music of
seven-foot black herons in gym shoes, the stirring squeak of twenty over-size sneakers on the varnished floor,
a floor which has been carefully and ingeniously miked in advance for sound."

***

Akala ko magiging solid ang line-up ng New Jersey Nets sa darating na season. Akala ko idaragdag nila ang isang reliable na power-forward, para makatulong sa rebounding, para lalong gumanda ang run-and-gunning nila. Akala ko maririnig ko ito: "Shareef Abdur-Rahim snares the defensive board. Outlet pass to Jason Kidd. Kidd's running. Looks right to Richard Jefferson, passes-- no he doesn't pass to Jefferson, it's a behind-the-back to Vince Carter who soars for the two-handed three-sixty hammer!"

Pero hindi.

Si Abdur-Rahim ang isa sa mga paborito kong player. Sobrang underrated nito. Nu'ng kabataan niya, para siyang si Amare Stoudemire: mahusay tumakbo, malakas umere, mabilis. Mobile big man, 'ika nga. Minalas sa mga team na nasalihan, hanggang unti-unti nang tumanda.

Ngayon, hindi siya kinuha ng Nets. Napunta siya sa Sacramento, para ipasak sa butas na iniwan ni Chris Webber doon. Dahil hindi kayang umiskor ni Peja Stojakovic nang walang katulong.

Good luck din kay Shareef.

***

The Courts at Lawton Street
Alan Shapiro

Soon when the sun drops over the rim
of buildings, across this small tar court
the out of work, the working, students
and dropouts will be running till dark.
But now they are only gathering
in a loose arc before the basket,
in a fog of heat where they forget
what they forget, lazily shooting.

A slow impersonal music winds
through their voices, a great friendliness
so casual nobody needs
to notice; they talk of this and that,
old games, miraculous old moves...

Now there are three balls, three drab moons
turning through the gold soot of evening,
colliding on the bent rim, making
the metal chain net whisper applause.
At the other end someone dribbles
behind his back, between his legs, while
two small kids chase him till they stumble,
lunging at that ghost between his hands.

And when singing, "Got to sweeten up
my jams" he lopes slowly to the hoop
and stuffs the ball in over his head,
the kids, knowing they watch a god
they could become, with solemnity
slap each other's palms and say, "Nasty,
nasty," as though the word meant only
fame to them, and all there is of hope.

***

Natalo na, sa wakas, ang FEU Tamaraws. Nina Dindo "The Bullet/ Tubol-et" Pumaren at ng UE Red Warriors.

Okey, a. Sa kabila ng pagkabata at medyo maliit na line-up nila e kinakaya nilang dumurog ng mga powerhouse (FEU at La Salle). Ang good news para sa Ateneo: 1. tinalo na ng Eagles ang UE; at 2. mukhang taeng binudburan ng corn starch si Dindo.

Ha? Ang labo. Isa pang astig: si Norman Black ay, well, black. Hwekhwekhwek.

Wala lang.
posted by mdlc @ 3:14 PM  
1 Comments:
  • At 1:07 PM, Anonymous jonar said…

    Pinakawalan na rin yata ng Air21 si Wesley Gonzales. Ang problema, nung nag-try-out siya sa Red Bull, hindi siya tinaggap. Marami na raw silang wingmen.

    Saan kaya mapupunta sina Tenorio? Sina Intal at Jap Aguilar? Pakshet. Kung bakit kasi ang taas ng franchise fee ng PBA.

     
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