Monday, January 16, 2012

ODU's Diaz hanging out in the rafters

It's always cool to see your jersey hanging in the rafters and now former Lady Monarch Natalie Diaz knows what it feels like. River Valley High School in Mojave Valley, Ariz., retired the No. 32 jersey of the two-time Arizona Player of the Year. Diaz, who played from 1992-96 for the Dust Devils (love the name), remains the all-time leader in Arizona 3A girls basketball in assists (767) and steals (653). Her average of 29.3 ppg is also a state record.

If you haven't kept up with Nat, you might not know that she has a book coming out in April, "When My Brother was an Aztec," which is what she calls a fast-paced tour of Mojave life and a family narrative. An excerpt:

I watched a lion eat a man like a piece of fruit, peel tendons from fascia
like pith from rind, then lick the sweet meat from its hard core of bones.
The man had earned this feast and his own deliciousness by ringing a stick
against the lion's cage, calling out Here, Kitty Kitty, Meow!
With one swipe of a paw much like a catcher's mitt with fangs, the lion
pulled the man into the cage, rattling his skeleton against the metal bars.
The lion didn't want to do it—
He didn't want to eat the man like a piece of fruit and he told the crowd
this: I only wanted some goddamn sleep . . .

1 comment:

  1. Congrats Nat! My sister from another tribe:) Can't wait to get the book!