“SLAM DUNK” love talked about by B Leaguer
The fifth: Keijuro Matsui (Toyama Grouses)
“SLAM DUNK” was announced as a movie in January this year and will be released next fall. It was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1990 to 1996, and is still a hugely popular manga. We asked B Leaguer, a man who loves basketball and “SLAM DUNK”, to talk about such a work again.
The 5th is Keijuro Matsui, also known as KJ Matsui, who transferred from Kyoto Hannaryz to Toyama Grouses this season.
I sympathize with that letter because I spent my school days in the United States Ⓒ Takehiko Inoue IT Planning.Inc
――When did you first read “SLAM DUNK”?
“I read the whole volume very late. I had a long life in the United States, so I couldn’t get it even if I wanted it. I graduated from Columbia University in 2009 and returned to Japan, Levanga in the JBL era. I read it carefully for the first time in the year I started my professional career in Hokkaido. “
――Where was the scene that left an impression on you?
“It overlapped in a sense in the actual experience, or a letter that Tanizawa (Ryuji) who studied abroad in the United States could not send to Professor Anzai (Mitsuyoshi).” I was impressed with the words “I wonder if it was there.”
I dreamed of playing at NCAA Division I college and moved to the United States in my second year of middle school. I had been camping and working out in the US in advance, so of course I knew how high the level of American basketball was. Even so, I crossed the sea with a determined determination that I would definitely make my dream come true, but even when I became a high school student, my life in the second army continued for a long time, and I almost gave up my dream. Somewhere in my heart, I thought, “I wondered if I could get better if I came to America,” and thought about the same thing as Tanizawa. “