Avant-Garde Basketball Player Penalized for Travelling

The avant-garde artist known only as “Dehzi,” who has become infamous for his unorthodox contributions to professional sports, was penalized for travelling in a basketball game on friday.

During the game's first period, Dehzi gained possession of the ball after intercepting a pass. Dehzi then ran around the court in a ever-widening spiral, screeching tonelessly and holding the ball over his head. Dehzi continued this behaviour when game play had stopped due to the penalty call, ceasing only after being tripped by a member of his own team.

Reaction to the work has been divided. While some critics hailed the play as “revolutionary” and derided the game's referee as “a philistine,” other critics declared Dehzi's most recent play “pointless, annoying, and derivative of his previous work.”

Dehzi declined comment, but the team's coach, James O'Halloran, issued a statement to the press earlier today. “In his playing, Dehzi tries to strip basketball down to its core elements, and engage with the game on a pre-linguistic level,” said O'Halloran. “He's really got to cool it with that shit.”

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