專欄 擦身而過,卻始終在身旁的籃球夢–Jacob Kelly

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名人堂 Jeffrey Holt | 2017/10/20

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週日下午的楠梓高中裡的籃球場滿是來揮灑汗水的人們,雖然是在高雄,但天氣也不至於太炎熱。「三三。」「你們三分嗎?!」「你幾顆?好啦,三一。」接著便是一串流暢的單打動作,無論是轉身跳投,還是切入強打,這個有著一張外國臉孔的壯漢連公園阿伯騙分的伎倆都了解的一清二楚。

 

「你們怎麼會想來採訪他啊?」剛被他打下來的球友問道。「因為在報導上看到他啊。」「我跟你講,他之前都被我們打好玩的。」「對啊,他都一直被我蓋。」雖然敗下陣,但阿伯與球友們的嘴砲火力也是毫無減弱的趨勢。

 

外國人下場後坐在自己帶的小折疊椅上,用著流利的中文與朋友們閒話家常;接著兩個外國臉孔的孩子蹦蹦跳跳的過來,與他撒驕說了幾句話後,他便與球友們道別,嫻熟的穿過草叢,踏上車子往家裡駛去。

Jacob與球友

學校和離家裡最近的超市都要30分鐘車程,作業沒寫完就必須跑回家;Jacob Kelly 生長於印第安那州非常鄉下的一個地方。家裡沒有電視,電腦;他的媽媽甚至連手機都沒有。但家旁邊就有一個小湖,還有森林,小時候的娛樂就是釣魚,爬爬樹,和在山裡滑雪。童年的生活就是如此;與大自然相處,和在家裡的農場幫忙。「你如果不在農場幫忙,你就沒飯吃。」Jacob笑著描述他的童年。「跟台灣真的很不一樣。
It’s about a thirty minute drive between his house and the nearest supermarket , and occasionally he even had to run home if he misbehaved; Jacob Kelly grew up in a very rural area in Indiana.There weren’t any modern conveniences like a computer house growing up, his mother didn't even have a cellphone. However, there is a pond next to his house, a forest and freedom, all day he spent time climbing trees, fishing, and running around the local hills. That's his childhood; living with nature, and helping in his family's farm. I recall being told “If you don't help, you don't eat.” Jacob smiles and says. “It's very different from Taiwan.”

 

Jacob的父親是一名游泳健將,過去還是學校的紀錄保持人,他的表兄弟更是美國的代表隊,是「飛魚」菲爾普斯的隊友。他為了打破父親的紀錄而開始接觸運動;他小時候在游泳,跑步和足球上的表現都不錯,只是當時還沒有那麼喜歡籃球。「我運動就是為了好玩。我很強壯,速度又快;那時候就覺得:哈!我可以擊敗所有人。後來才有人跟我說我還不錯,應該要去打籃球。」那他是否成功打破了父親的紀錄呢?「我們比賽的活動都不一樣;他說我打破了紀錄,我說沒有。我們永遠都不會知道的。」

 

Jacob’s father and mother were both great swimmers, his father is even the record holder of his local high school, and his cousin (Kyle Whitaker) is in the USA swimming team with Michael Phelps; Jacob started to play sports because he wanted to beat his father’s records. Jacob excelled in swimming, running and soccer when he was young. ” I did it just for fun. I'm strong, I'm fast, I'm like, HA, I can beat anyone. Later somebody told me that I'm good and should play basketball, then I started playing.” So, did he beat his dads record? “We competed in different events. He said yes, I said no. We'll never know.”

 

印第安那州–「Hossiers state」–出產過許多NBA的球星,像Larry Bird,Mike Conley和Teague兄弟,而洲里的居民每一個人都為籃球瘋狂。「我甚至不記得我沒有在打籃球的時光!」每逢節慶的晚餐過後,Jacob全家人就會在自家的球場一起打球。不管是男生還是女生,甚至連阿公阿媽都會一起投入到球場。


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