Understand Andres Montes it was as complicated as it was exciting. His work in front of the narratives, whether it was basketball, football or wrestling (which he did briefly), became an exercise in maximum concentration for the viewer: you had to understand what he meant when he said John Stockton was it the league computer or what Pau Gasol it was ET because it seemed to have come from another planet.
By their nicknames, their phrases and their conversations with Antoni Daimiel, first, and with Julio Salinas later, every October 16, his name returns to the memory of fans and social networks remember him.
Some of those sentences were authentic behavioral lessons, from a journalist who did not break the mold because he was already born outside of it. His work leading the NBA in Canal+ (today Movistar +) turned him into an ‘underground’ idol before reaching the general public with his landing in The sixth to take the reins of the Eurobasket and the Basketball World Cup, first, and the First Division stories later.
These are just ten of the one thousand and one pills he left behind on his countless hours of television:
“Life can be wonderful”. Possibly his maxim, the one that moved him and with which he said goodbye, in a kind of epitaph that will always accompany him.
“Where are the keys, Salinas?”. Before ‘memes’ existed, he had already created one. That insistent expression with Julio Salinas served to express plays in which the ball was very tangled and nothing could be seen.
“Article 34 of the league: I do what I want, when I want and how I want.” One of his longest nicknames, turned into a phrase. When Shaquille O’Neal He caught the ball, nobody stopped him and Montes exemplified it that way.
“That is not a pass, it is a declaration of love”. When a player (soccer or basketball) put the ball at a key point to score, Montes assimilated it to a wedding couple. The opposite version was “That’s not a pass, it’s a watermelon”, because it ended up crippled.
“Why do all gamers smile the same?” Another of his best known expressions. He only saved it for those he knew had a special charisma, beyond their talent.
“Wilma, open the door for me!”. When a player gave a bad pass, usually very strong, he remembered Pedro Flintstone.
“What is pressure for a Serb, Daimiel?”. Andrés Montes was well above international political news, something that he occasionally included in the narratives. The best example was this expression, which he used from time to time.
“Today I love you more than yesterday but less than tomorrow”. It was not his most usual goodbye, but it was one of the most heartfelt.
“I, dressed as a gentleman; naked, a chimpanzee”. Montes did not leave anything to detail: neither the glasses, nor the shirts, nor the bow ties, his personal stamp. Of course, he was very aware that physically he was not an Adonis and he knew how to laugh at himself.
“The Sixth denies history: Gold was not in Moscow, it is in Poland!” The Spanish basketball team won the 2009 Eurobasket, with Montes as the narrator. He died just 20 days later.