I never knew that Tyson Chandler was such a good writer – really. Maybe I should follow him more often, since he seems to be a very cool guy telling interesting stories. Tyson was in Berlin and Barcelona during the Hornets’ NBA Europe trip and will be able to tell his grand kids the story of a bum trying to rob him. But read it yourself:
…I’m taking pictures and all of a sudden, I hear somebody start cursing at me. I’m looking through my camera lens at the time, so I can’t see anything but the pictures I’m taking. I come from up under, and this dude walks up to me, cursing me out.
I put my camera down and I’m like, “Am I not supposed to be taking pictures here?” He starts yelling in Spanish and I can’t understand him obviously. He looked homeless to me, and I’m saying, “Oh, I’m not supposed to be taking pictures here. I’m sorry.”
He’s just screaming at me and I put the camera away and walk away. But then he’s still going off and I see like 10 more homeless people up against the wall with dogs and stuff. It looked to me like the other 10 people were asking him what he was doing, but they were speaking Spanish, so I don’t know what they were saying.
The guy’s walking toward me and I’m putting my hand out like, “Stay back.” I walk backwards and start to turn around, but then, in the corner of my eye, I see him reach back to throw something. I kinda ducked and all these coins hit me.
He threw a bunch of coins at me.
At this point, I wanted to just go at it. This dude just hit me all over my back with coins, and he’s still screaming at me. But I told him, “Listen, you had better stay back.”
How do you know if somebody can tell you a good story? Well, when you read it or hear it, you totally can picture it, and I really just can picture everything that happened, but I do wish Tyson or somebody else would have taped that!
To read Tyson’s story about his Euro trip in full, click here. Make sure you read the first comment – Hilarious!