With March Madness wrapping up and the Championship Game taking place today, basketball has been on everyone’s mind. Instead of focusing on the college teams everyone is keeping an eye on, I’m turning your attention to the “Hottest NBA squad in the NBA”. For once, a basketball team has caught my eye that doesn’t have Troy Bolton as its star player and I am giving the world an insider look at the next big thing in basketball.
I was lucky enough to witness an intense two-on-two match and play a game of Lemon with these all stars. Lemon is a game similar to Horse, except obviously more interesting because the skill of these boys is unparalleled. They put my sixth grade MiniHawks team to shame. As you can imagine, sitting court side was dramatically different than watching through the dining hall window. These guys are hardcore, I’m talking dedication. Rain or shine they are out there on that court ballin’ their hearts out. They even ball through life-threatening injuries.
When asked where they get their motivation, they had no problem coming up with an intense history of their fascination with the beloved sport. They have been inspired by various star players, and they can frequently be found analyzing moves from the 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams and Space Jam. Their role models include William Gates, Steph Curry, Tyus Jones and Larry “The Lemon” Bird. The boys claim Bird gained the name “The Lemon” by eating lemons before every game, and that he even grew the lemons in the stadium, hence the name the Boston Garden. Clearly, these guys know their stuff. The boys admire Jones and Bird for the way they “pop tres” according to one of the all stars, Nick Saxton.
After some observation, I have come to the conclusion that there is no singular MVP. Every player brings something different to the table. Each player embodies a different Michael Jordan. Ben Holewinski brings the 2001-2003 Michael Jordan of the Washington Wizards, Jack Sullivan is the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats Michael Jordan. Obviously, Elliott Gore is Space Jam Michael Jordan as he, in fact, hopes to play for North Carolina, which is a “real fine school.” Christoper Shea is Michael Jordan when he played baseball for the Birmingham Barons in 1994. Last but not least is Nick Saxton, who is Michael B. Jordan from the 2015 cinematic masterpiece Fantastic Four. Each player alternates bringing orange slices and juice. One time Elliott brought cookies. Jack took two, although he denies it but we all know he did. Ben didn’t get any cookies, he was late that day, it was a Tuesday, everybody knows he has soccer practice on Tuesdays. Ben is a beast in the paint.
While everyone else is wasting their time in front of a T.V. watching the Championship Game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Villanova Wildcats, you can jam like the pros with this killer playlist, Ball Thyme.
Photographs courtesy of Christopher Shea
Playlist courtesy of Ben Holewinski’s Spotify.