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"It's the personnel," he said. "I don't know if they can handle a press."
"What?" I said. "We could teach that press to a 10-year-old boy."
"That's what I mean," he said.
"What do you mean?" I said and he said, "We're not coaching 10-year-old boys," and I said, "Then what in the hell are we coaching?"
"Girls," he said, and that was all.
We sat around for a while after that. I didn't say anything and he didn't say anything. We just sat there. I was wondering what the guys in the Harrison Street Athletic Association would say and how I wouldn't be able to show my face in the Ivy ever again if I did it and then I said, "I'm not coaching girls."
"Why not?" Pete said.
"Because you can probably go to jail around here for coaching girls...." And then I remembered why I didn't want to coach girls. "And anyway it's ridiculous. They play those slow-motion rules where they all stand around and giggle and say excuse me and they wear bloomers, too. I used to watch my sister in high school."
I was thinking about the rules and how nobody could play a game of basketball the way girls have to play it. There were those three dribbles and some crazy way they had to be positioned on the court like in field hockey, with six players and only three on offense at a time, but it was those three dribbles that really got me. They made the game impossible and I said so.
"It's no game the way they play it," I said. "It's impossible."