Lesson #2:Kurtis Blow
10 years old.
I didn’t have any talents.
Seriously. I didn’t have any talents for display.
But my friend Ryan Fraser insisted I help him with his talent show routine. Ryan was an awesome basketball player. At 10 years old he was already tall, agile, and an athlete-to-be-envied. The routine that he and his mom had put together consisted of dribbling basketballs (which were red playground balls because the school wouldn’t let us dribble real basketballs on stage) in a pre-determined path along the school’s gym stage – to the funky rhymes of Kurtis Blow’s ‘Basketball’. (We also had some sweet, homemade Harlem Globetrotter’s type costumes.)
Kurtis Blow wasn’t the greatest of rappers. He had ‘The Breaks’ and a few other noteworthy jams, ‘Basketball’ included.
I wasn’t the greatest of red playground ball dribblers. But Ryan bore with me and on Talent Show day we got up on stage and busted our routine without flubbing it up.
We didn’t have the greatest routine at our Talent Show, but we damn sure had the most slammin’ soundtrack.
To the hoop, y’all.
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