Is it really time for March Madness? The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament begins next Tuesday so basketball is on everyone’s mind, even mine.Remember the little black books I wrote about a few weeks ago? I pulled out these two pictures from 1991.
These little athletes are playing in New York City’s Junior Basketball League.
Then look at this shot, the starting lineup of Duke University’s basketball team. The caption says “Duke’s starting five, Carlos Boozer, Mike Dunleavy, Jason Williams, Chris Duhon and Dahntay Jones, can be an imposing group.” Arthur tells me all five went on to careers in the N.B.A.
They could be the little guys all grown up, although they’re not; the two pictures were taken around the same time.
Looking at these two photos together makes me think of the Sugarplum Fairy.
Stay with me here.
In the second act of Balanchine’s Nutcracker, the Sugarplum Fairy dances surrounded by her court of young dancers, students of the American School of Ballet.She’s the epitome of effortless grace and beauty.
It’s my favorite moment in the ballet. They look up at her and see the embodiment of their dreams. Here they are rehearsing together.