Monday, December 08, 2008

My Quads Are Hurtin'!

Yes, that's what a good hour or two of crouching down in a defensive position will do to you, especially when you haven't played a competitive game of hoops since probably the last time you were in Taishan.

Once again, Z and I plied the marketplace for a four dollar basketball and headed to Taishan's central park. Before too long, this guy who is a bit too old, and his son who is a bit too young, were in the midst of a game with some Kobe Bryant-admiring Chinese teenagers.

There were the customary "oohs" and "ahhs" from the gathered crowd every time the waiguoren made a nice basket. And there were a series of aspiring hoopsters who wanted to match up with the tall, sometimes physical player from the land of David Stern.

As they shuttled in and out of the game, I wanted to remind them that I am more than twice their age. But I resisted the temptation and played hard until the last shot fell through the rim (there are no nets in public parks like this).

As we walked away, one particularly enthusiastic player came running up and asked if we'd be back next Saturday. Unfortunately, no...but we plan on swinging by next February. If my quads have recovered by then, that is...

~Steve

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