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#180sec Leipzig: Basketball

#180sec Leipzig: Basketball


Without basketball
I’d just sit at home watching TV or whatever, just lazing around. I’ve made a lot of new friends
through basketball. My name is Ralph Hounnou
and I come from Benin in West Africa. I’m 14 years old and I grew up
in Weißenfels, Germany. We’re in the MBC changing rooms, which is kind of a holy shrine. I began playing basketball for fun
at the age of eight, and I enjoyed it so much
that I wanted to become a professional. JBBL is the Basketball Youth League. This is my first season, so I’m a rookie
and I get to carry the bags. We realized
he has immense talent, and he’s destined to become
a great player. And perhaps he’ll play for us one day. He has higher goals,
which is a good thing. We’ll see. Perhaps … I’m aiming for the NBA and maybe the Cleveland Cavaliers. One of the really big teams. No teams like the Philadelphia 76ers.
They’re wimps! I go forward, take my position
like Shaquille O’Neal, and just slam it in. My positions are
shooting guard and small forward. I’m an outfielder: I shoot
three-pointers or attack, and make passes to unguarded players. I am black, and sometimes
people hassle me on the streets. You notice it on the playing field too,
but not so often anymore. It’s not cool at all,
because we have role models who are black too,
but they wouldn’t hassle them. Historically, basketball
is an international sport. Our team also has
a few international stars, without whom
we wouldn’t be in the Bundesliga. When you’re on the field
and someone hassle’s you, you get really angry
and feel like hitting him. But you can deal with it
by simply playing basketball and defeating them in that way. It’s a good way
to relieve frustrations.

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