KL Dragons rocked my socks off at MABA Stadium

kl dragons

When I was a little kid, I was fat and short. I still am, but that’s digressing. One of the things I couldn’t do was basketball. I would watch with envy while the cool kids shoot hoops and perhaps subconsciously held on to the idea that basketball players in Malaysia are third rate at best while resentfully sitting beside the court. *sour grapes* 

cheerleaders

Basketball. Malaysia. You seldom here those two words together without condescending references. It reminds me of the Chinese phrase Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which means “talented or dangerous people hidden from view” and that’s exactly what the local basketball scene is like. 

throw

I went to MABA stadium last weekend to catch the KL Dragons vs. Thailand Tigers. The atmosphere was charged and I could hear the chanting of the fans while walking in. It was electrifying! 

defend

Let’s go Dragons, let’s go! 

action

Defense! Defense!

free throw

There were a couple of rough and tumble incidences (as all contact sports SHOULD have) which resulted in free throws.

It’s exciting to watch the players strut their stuff on the court. It’s just one of the things which you need to see so I’m putting the video of the game here just to show you what the ambience is like. 

half time throw

The half time saw people trying their luck/skill/homage-to-whatever-deities-they-believe-in to get a shot in. It’s just like the NBA games, hell, if I know .my has such a vibrant basketball scene I would have watched one of their matches earlier! 

dragons half time

Hot sweaty guys (as I told my companion) and cheerleaders galore, you just can’t beat that. 

dunk

Dunk it! 

half time

It was getting so close in the end that I nearly tripped into the court while taking photos. 

score

Guess what? The KL Dragons won 88-69 against the Thailand Tigers. Go Dragons!

I was surprised at the ability of Malaysian’s finest to (more than) hold their own. I didn’t even know there was much of a basketball scene in Malaysia!  You can check out the KL Dragons site or be a fan on their Facebook page for their upcoming matches. It’s definitely something to be experienced! 

kl dragons cheerleaders

…and the best thing about the game? They have cheerleaders! ;)

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27 thoughts on “KL Dragons rocked my socks off at MABA Stadium

  1. HB, I don’t think you were any shorter than the average Malaysian males.
    The cheerleaders weren’t sexy nuff. I demand gals in bikinis cheering the game. ;)

  2. have not sat and watched a game since, used to love basketball when i was in primary 6, love to see those tall guys playing lar. the last game i watched was Methodist vs Kuan Chieng in Sarikei. lol

  3. rocket: Basketball is a great spectator sport though, full of energy, fun to watch! :)
    Which one? There’s so many people in that post.
    Cheers: Yeah, I was rather short before I hit puberty, had a bit of a growth spurt after that though. :)
    Heh! The cheerleaders were fun to watch, guess you have to be there! ;)
    jg: Yup, it’s been ages since I’ve watched a game too. This is the KL Dragons so I went on a weekend to catch the games. They’re really good. :)
    Darrell: Oh, I wasn’t playing, I was just watching the game. ;)
    Okay, will focus more on the cheerleaders next time. Heh!

  4. they were playing the singapore slingers the other day HB..
    n we brought em a tower of brewerkz golden ale after match..1 points diff in winning..

  5. ah nel: Haha! Yes, they’re called the KL Dragons. ;)
    michellezyenn: Heh! Yes, I remember people used to play shirtless during basketball in high school. :)
    kenny: 1 point! That was close. I didn’t manage to catch the Slingers match. :)
    peribadiz: Yup, it has improved a lot! KL Dragons really rocked the stadium that evening. :)

  6. well,hb aginst alll ods both of us ate here, still. been digging out from a bunch of snow… the main roads are clear now, but … my cars were still stuck in the snow… then some friends helped me … God Bless you HB. And thanks… christmas eve, yet… careful … yeah, I know…. anywawys, i aint so great but merry christmas annd thanks… this time last year i had 3 broke ribs and a broke wrist… kinda hard at 50… so much for dirt bikes… But I have had time to read and reflect. and here it is, my accumultreded wisdom – what we do not have , we want. and we seldom value what we have, until we lose it. then we wish we had it again. to late… well, wtf, try agin…thanks HB ,and God bless. on christmas eve… well.. with 2 feet of snow, a friend wanted to go to the licqor store. and I did , also. still thinking, had we only stopped there.. but we did not. cause it would messed up every thing for the kids. now hand me one of those ciggaretes and a small glass of gin… I thought I did well today … otay? we are blessed, ok Christmas… well once in a while… is ok to say thanks… so thank you HB. hopefully later than sooner, but ya never know. God bless Hui, tom.

  7. Mike: Yup, I totally enjoyed their game against the Thailand Tigers. :)
    tom: Hey, it’s good to hear that. Merry Christmas my friend and all the best!

  8. was never woth a damn at it, but tried… and then picked uo some money calling games and keeping the clock at high school games. holy shit, eastern nc, you make a bad call, you are lucky to get out with your skin. we are talkining ACC. ok? mike jordon stuff. every little kid, wants to be like mike. actually, he is ptrety good, got some others, ow yeah… getting more snow agin,,, we still dont… go home we. all bleed red. ypo know….

  9. tom: Yeah, was never really good at basketball myself. I used to be on the swim team though. However, I do like watching basketball. :)

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