Er knows how to guide this ball with ten fingers. He knows how to guide it with five fingers. He knows how to guide it with one finger. He actually knows everything about this ball, which he has held in his hands almost every day for sixteen years. And yet Paul Zipser suddenly fails to guide the basketball, which is lying on the ground on this summer day in 2021, with his fingers as usual. He knows what to do. He just can’t.
It’s Wednesday in Munich. On the way to Westpark, where you can find the FC Bayern basketball hall, you can see women in dirndls and men in lederhosen. Paul Zipser is waiting there, 28 years old, 2.03 meters tall, a man whose muscles are visible even under his loose sweater.