basketball as witchcraft, as a dance

last week i watched a basketball game and now i want to only ever watch basketball games

i've always been sort of "anti sport" - they get paid too much, so much drinking and partying around them, bro culture, all the things i ASSUMED without really ever sitting down to watch a game, not realizing i could RECLAIM basketball for myself spiritually and conceptually

it was like a dance, they had costumes and spins that they practiced - but they also improvised every inch of their movements, watching each other in perfect form of paying attention - of HOW TO BE generous to the group. you see this in ensemble work in dance, how to take a solo, how to support the group, how to be A PART OF the whole

it was like witchcraft, how they could tune in to exactly what their coven was thinking and feeling, the way they could almost be doing one thing and then in a split second be doing a different thing. simply the height in the air which they fly, and how they glide so seamlessly. 

sometimes being generous is sitting on the sideline, sometimes it's throwing a ball behind your head with complete and total trust your teammate will be there to dunk it

thrifted this book in Frankfort, MI 

thrifted this book in Frankfort, MI 

While i've been contemplating all of this my CHOIR collaborator Molly Ross has been working on the zine HOOP STARS with her partner Rob, and it's stunning. First I watched LeBron take home the trophy against all odds, and now I get to hold this beautiful zine in my hand.

Illustrations, stats, conceptual musings about the way these players are in AND out of the game - it really is something to behold.

Snag a copy in the shop or online

from HOOP STARS : 

TRUTH : THE INNOCENCE OF THE INNER TRUTH AND LIGHT IS BORN OUT OF THE HOLY CENTER. IT MANIFESTS ITSELF IN PURE AND SACRED DEVOTION. OTHERWISE KNOWN AS MOVEMENT.