In the poem "Makin' Jump Shots" in the first stanza it says he waltz into the lane, to me this mean he doesn't just go straight to the the chain he is moving around and spinning. In stanza one towards the end it talks about asphalt turf and dark light, to me this means that he enjoys playing basketball in the dark with only the moonlight shining down that gives them competition. The word chains is brought up a lot into the poem and if you look at basketball goals they use ropes now and back then they used chains . I think they use the chains for excitement which means they know they are getting points. In the last stanza it talks about him breathing in taking a jump shot which made it in and a person thinks his traveling but they can't tell if he did or not
In the first stanza of "Ex-Basketball Player" he is describing a place that's Berths garage. Flick helps her when ever she has the chance. In the second stanza he talks about idiot pumps which reminds him of his five teammates who were on the sidelines. They remind him of their long arms and there s nostrils.
In stanza three he talks about his memories from '46 where he scored three hundred ninety points. It also talks about his hands being flying birds, which means his hands are all over the ball. In stanza four it talks about his hands being nervous on a lung wrench, which mean he is getting old.