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A short, semi-fictional play about Orlando forward, Tobias Harris, who’s out indefinitely with an ankle injury.
Previously: Act I
- Bus driver
- Tobias Harris
Not the next day, and not the same time, but at the same place.
Hours have passed. A deep black shrouds the sky just before sunrise. Stan is reading from Rony’s phone and silently nodding. Rony blinks his eyes open.
Stan: Good morning.
Rony: Is it morning?
Rony: Has Tobias Harris come and gone?
Stan: No. (Stan opens up the iTunes app and starts to sing in a low whisper.)
Sunday mornin’, praise the dawnin’
It’s just a restless feelin’, by my side
Early dawnin’, Sunday mornin’
It’s just the wasted years so close behind
Watch out, the world’s behind you
There’s always someone around you, who will call
It’s nothin’ at allllllll
Rony: HEY, what’s the meaning of that? (Pats his entire body, but doesn’t find a nip left.) Cut that racket out.
Stan: Lou Reed died.
Rony: So, Tobias Harris is alive, and we need him back. Where the hell is he? (Begins to panic that last night’s memories were just a dream and he might not get to meet Tobias Harris.)
Stan: You don’t know who Lou Reed is, do you?
Rony: No, I don’t, but I know that in 27 games last year, Harris averaged over 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a one block in under 36 minutes of action. According to Basketball-Reference — and you can check me on that, since you somehow got my phone to work despite no visible outlet or charger I can see — only a handful of guys in the league accomplished that feat, and all of them are at the top of the forward food chain, if you know what I mean.
Stan: I actually do now. That’s why I was playing Sunday Morning. I have all these regrets about my job. Like, PER, what a wonderful stat! And this site I found on your phone, Hoopdata, except now they look to be shuttering. Tough break. I would have enjoyed those numbers.
Rony: (He remembers Stan is connected to the team somehow, but thought he was just a flunky for the owner.) How long was I out?
Stan: Long enough for me look up some relevant information on Tobias Harris.