Karim Abdul Rides Tricycles Just Like You And Me

karim-abdulEverybody has to adapt to Manila traffic. Even 6-foot-6, 200-pound behemoths like UST’s Cameroonian center Karim Abdul.

I was on my way home from my radio show when I decided to stop by a fastfood chain in the Mandaluyong area to grab some breakfast. As I was walking out, I spotted Abdul walking, seemingly cluelessly, towards the long line of tricycles awaiting passengers.

I thought to myself, “No way! He’ll never fit!” And then he did, as you can see here:

Here’s Karim negotiating:

Screen Shot 2013-02-10 at 12.02.24 PMAnd here’s him getting on:

Screen Shot 2013-02-10 at 12.02.37 PMAnd here’s him and the trike going up up and away:

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Screen Shot 2013-02-10 at 12.03.15 PMScreen Shot 2013-02-10 at 12.03.06 PMHere’s how our conversation went before he triked his way outta there:

SLAM: Karim, what the hell are you doing here?

KARIM: Man, please help me. I have to get to Ynares! I’m super late for practice (with his D-League team, Blackwater Sports)

S: What time’s practice?

K: 9AM.

S: It’s almost 11!

K: I know. Traffic was so bad. It’s so hard to commute! Please tell me which tricycle will take me to Ynares!

S: That green one should take you. Go on. Be safe man!

K: Thanks! I hope Coach isn’t mad!

This is what you want to see from imports playing Philippine basketball: them adapting to our culture. Alex Compton speaks tagalog, Jamelle Cornley ateĀ balutĀ and now, Karim Abdul pulls of the hat trick. He executed the Filipino trifecta of: Filipino time, Manila traffic and uncomfortable public transportation.

Good job, Karim!

Photos c/o Interaktv, author’s own.