I was on my way home from my radio show when I decided to stop by a fastfood chain in the Mandaluyong area to grab some breakfast. As I was walking out, I spotted Abdul walking, seemingly cluelessly, towards the long line of tricycles awaiting passengers.
I thought to myself, “No way! He’ll never fit!” And then he did, as you can see here:
Here’s Karim negotiating:
SLAM: Karim, what the hell are you doing here?
KARIM: Man, please help me. I have to get to Ynares! I’m super late for practice (with his D-League team, Blackwater Sports)
S: What time’s practice?
S: It’s almost 11!
K: I know. Traffic was so bad. It’s so hard to commute! Please tell me which tricycle will take me to Ynares!
S: That green one should take you. Go on. Be safe man!
K: Thanks! I hope Coach isn’t mad!
This is what you want to see from imports playing Philippine basketball: them adapting to our culture. Alex Compton speaks tagalog, Jamelle Cornley ate balut and now, Karim Abdul pulls of the hat trick. He executed the Filipino trifecta of: Filipino time, Manila traffic and uncomfortable public transportation.
Good job, Karim!
Photos c/o Interaktv, author’s own.