I was reading about Scottie Pippen and the new class of the NBA Hall of Fame and I came upon this quote:
“(Patrick)Ewing was the (NBA’s) first true warrior” from an article in Slam magazine, “The New Top 50”
Japan,around the year 1590 a.d.
Patrick Ewing: What the hell happened, where am I?
Sasiko Kojiro (famous samurai): I have summoned you here from the future, you are known as a true warrior there and I want to see this for myself.
Kojiro: what is your specialty? Tanto(small knife), a Yari (spear)?
Ewing: I’m good at blocking shots…I scored a lot of points..
Kojiro: mmmm…so with your blocking shots and points you’ve never lost?
Ewing: No, I’ve lost a lot, the worst was in ’95 and the uh…finger roll…
Kojiro: Finger roll? Is that some sort of food made from your enemies fingers?
Ewing: Food? No…no.. it was a shot that I missed.
Kojiro: So you were defeated…many times you say. Why did you not perform seppuku (ritual suicide)? You are a warrior, you lost honor. What sort of Bushido…what sort of rules do you modern warriors live by?
Ewing:…uh… Well the union has a collective bargaining agreement..and uh..
Kojiro: …collective what….It matters not…I am saddened and revolted by what the future calls a warrior…Draw your weapon.