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While wiping the sweat off my forehead, I saw that they were playing the film from last year's final. During these 150 seconds, I swallowed my spit on several occasions and swept nonexistent dust from the table where I sat. I had managed to reclaim the No.1 position more than 6 months ago and won the World Tour, but somehow it still hurt.
I rubbed my eyes and it all came back to me: the broken boards and hoops, misplaced shots, dusty courts, ill-paid jobs... training, training, training ... everything I went through and it still wasn’t enough ...
10k runs by the river then up the stairs to the Petrovaradin fortress while carrying the ball ... Who thinks that’s hard has never lost in the world’s final.
...It’s the All Stars final. What is going through the head of a man yelling at my face after a clean swish? Sometimes I think they just don’t get it. Does he really think that shouting would make any difference?
I've been in that position before and broke the heart of the last man who talked trash with me in front of the cameras back at Japan! But I had never truly broken ankles.
Against the best in the world, I did it twice!
I'm turning slowly, very slowly, the window is closed ... odd, I can still hear the man yelling at my face, but I cannot quite understand because of my deaf ear and the engine noise.
"Sorry?" I asked while slowly opening my eyes.
"Could you please put the back of your seat to an upright position," the stewardess replied.
"Back?", I asked, confused.
"We'll be landing shortly, sir."
I’m waking up while tightly holding my drink. The engine noise suddenly got louder and then quiet again. Some kind of invisible force is pounding in my ears and squeezing through my head... Cabin pressure is dropping and the tension is rising. Obviously I’m not quite awake yet, for the moment I thought we were flying above the stars.
The temperature has dropped below zero degrees as I’m leaving the airport. I put up the hood of my Red Bull sweatshirt still the freezing wind blows and slaps my cheeks. I watch people with expressionless faces rushing to their loved ones while carrying gifts... I however am going to the bank because my bank account just keeps getting bigger.
PS: Some highlights from Doha...
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