Spectators at the basketball game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns had a right old rollicking time yesterday, with players on both teams wearing cool-looking vests and baggy shorts, and displaying superb skill and ability in the art of bouncing-a-ball-and-throwing-it-into-a-net.
Both sets of players deftly kept control of the giant spherical object by bouncing it to the ground and back, with a combination of the palms of their hands and their fingers, and were able to move about the court - sometimes running - in complex angular patterns as they did so.
They conveyed the orange ball to each other with great accuracy and speed, often looking in a completely different direction to that in which they ultimately sent it. Blinking, meant you were likely to miss this guile!
When play reached the areas where the nets were - open at both top and bottom! - enterprising players would bend their knees, and then straighten them, launching the ball netwards, attempting to send it into the basket. If this was achieved, points were awarded, and the crowd cheered wildly.
The best part of the 'scoring' process was where some of the players seemed to have less confidence in their aim than the long-shotters, and tried to get as close to the metal stantions supporting the net as they could. If this happened, they leapt, salmon-like, into the air, and inserted the ball into the net with such anger, that many people wondered what it could possibly be that had got them so incensed in the first place!
It really was a wonderful sight to behold!
The Suns won the duel by an astronomically-high score of 116-114.