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Vasquez speaks (in Spanish)

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If there is something I’ve done on a regular basis for the last three weeks, it’s punch “Greivis Vasquez” into a Google news search and seen what popped up over the previous 24 hours.

Since it’s just five hours or so until the Maryland guard’s deadline to decide whether to remain in the NBA Draft or return to school, clearly nothing definitive has popped up.

This morning just brought in something interesting – a brief story from Maracaibo’s Diario La Verdad, which quotes Vasquez once.

Trouble is, I don’t speak Spanish. Fortunately, there’s all sorts of translation services available throughout Al Gore’s Invention, and I found one that happened to tie in three online translations into one site.

Now, these translations are often helpful, but also extremely literal. So the words get spat back in a very Yoda-like manner, even if the writer employs substantial nuance in filing his story.

Curious, it is.

In any case, here are the three translations that came through:

* “Now I will not say anything about it because I still do not know what I’ll do,” said the Venezuelan telephone from the United States Sports Leader newspaper. “At this very moment I met with my coaches and I do not want to discuss things further; to do it if I have time,” added the 22 years of Caracas.”

* “Right now I am not going to say nothing on the matter because do not yet I know what I will do”, the Venezuelan telephone way since the United States to the newspaper said sports Leader. “In this I need moment I am met with my coaches discussing things and I do not want to advance me; why to do it if still I have time”, added the of Caracas of 22 years.”

* “Right now I am not going to say nothing on the matter because still I do not know what I will do”, the telephone Venezuelan via from the United States to the sport newspaper Leader said. “At this precise moment I am reunited with my trainers discussing things and I do not want to go ahead; why to do it if still I have time”, added the native of Caracas of 22 years.”

Beyond a few missing words, it all comes out the same. Vasquez isn’t talking, he hasn’t made a decision, he’s huddling with his coaches and he doesn’t see a reason to make a decision until he has to.

Which means he said the exact same thing he’s told reporters all along, and means I’ve read what amounts to a gracious “I haven’t made a choice, yet” in multiple languages now.

Patrick Stevens

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