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Mort Playing Basketball
Mort playing basketball

Excerpt from Striking Through the Masks
P. 57

It was less than a week after the incident in ceramics class that Cool Breeze introduced me to one of his basketball-playing friends on the schoolyard courts. I had played for years at camps and in Westchester with Spike and his friends, and I had become increasingly excited over how sharp my shooting, passing, and quick moves had become over the past year, so I wasn’t surprised when it took only a single game for me to become one of the players regularly chosen during after-school pick-up games. In time, basketball became my favorite sport because it was as mental as it was physical: it joined split-second decisions and constant movement and called for a flexibility of approach, since problems on the court changed from one moment to the next.



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