February 22, 2006

"I was focused on the game. You gotta be focused on the game. Not anything else,": An uplifting high school basketball story.

posted by geekyguy to basketball at 08:23 PM - 14 comments

Have to admit when I saw the report on this on CBS news I got a bit choked up. Better story then Rudy. Of course that may be because this kid isn't trying to shop the story all over Hollywood looking for a movie deal or trying to make a living off from it for years afterwards

posted by commander cody at 12:16 AM on February 24

One of the best sports stories ever, imho. If that does not bring a smile to your face, you laughed when ol' yeller was shot.

posted by mjkredliner at 01:12 AM on February 24

If that does not bring a smile to your face, you laughed when ol' yeller was shot. posted by mjkredliner at 1:12 AM CST on February 24 Oh God don't bring up Ol' Yeller! Some of my friends STILL tease me about my reaction to that movie! Ahhh...screw 'em!

posted by commander cody at 01:20 AM on February 24

i just saw the game footage on SportsCenter ... very inspirational. makes you wonder why he couldn't have hit the floor before this though.

posted by Spitztengle at 02:00 AM on February 24

5 to 1 it's at least a movie of the week by summer. Shame.

posted by commander cody at 02:23 AM on February 24

to incredible to almost believe. with that super-imposed looking photo on the link I had to check around to make sure it was real. unbelievable, hats off to the coach for letting him play, hats off to the students for supporting him, and hats off the kid for hitting 5-6 three's. incredible!

posted by erkno11 at 09:05 AM on February 24

Just outstanding, its about time something good is reported on the news.

posted by Sickofit at 09:33 AM on February 24

5 to 1 it's at least a movie of the week by summer. Shame. posted by commander cody at 2:23 AM CST on February 24 Shame? Commander Cody, say more. Why? Still on the theme though ... I think if they do make a TV movie, it should be called "Swish" ... I mean he was dialed in from three-point land!

posted by Spitztengle at 09:47 AM on February 24

Shame? Commander Cody, say more. Why? Because I live in Hollywood and while that doesn't make me an expert on movies I think they'll screw it up as usual. What they'll probably do is make him seem to be even far worse autistic then he really is for effect (without realizing that is an insult to DD kids everywhere) and give him some has been like Lindsey Wagner as a mother who'll steal all the lines. Instead of showing the story straight, which is insprirational enough as it is, they'll turn it into a 3 hankie fictional affair that's only fit to show on Lifetime as one of their "Moment of Truth" pieces of crap. Now if they actually told the true story pure, I'd love to see it.

posted by commander cody at 11:19 AM on February 24

I saw the story on CNN when it first came out. My eyes welled up and I had to rewind it (TiVo) so my wife could see. This story hits home for us because we're in the process of having our son evaluated. He is diagnosed with ADHD and now we're checking for autism. Kinda gives you hope, ya know?

posted by wingnut4life at 12:13 PM on February 24

When I saw the story on the news, and it started off with "and they let him take a shot", I was thinking that he gets one basket and everyone would be happy. I also thought there would be someone would would post something on SpoFi about how it's just a "mockery" of the game to let him play and blahblahblah. But raining down 6-for-7 from 3-point land and setting a school record, all in a 4 minute span? That's just fantastic. Maybe the other team didn't D-up on him at all during the shots, but it really doesn't matter as I doubt there are many high-school kids who could hit 6-for-7 from that area with all that pressure. I'm thinking you add that kid to the bench full time and put him out there when you need some treys.

posted by grum@work at 12:36 PM on February 24

He is diagnosed with ADHD and now we're checking for autism. Kinda gives you hope, ya know? posted by wingnut4life at 12:13 PM CST on February 24 Stiff upper lip there wingnut. My 36yo step-daughter is DD and has the developmental age of about 7 or 8. Yet we can't talk her into living with us because she loves the small group home she is in and all of the friends she has there. She also works a full time job (again, because she wants to since her grandparents estate provides a lifelong trust fund for her) because she likes the freedom and spare cash it gives her. All in all she's living a very full and happy life. I do wish we could talk her into moving in with us though since she's one of the biggest sweethearts in the world, but like my wife says (she's a psychiatric RN, so I guess she should know) it always has to be her decision and not ours.

posted by commander cody at 02:05 PM on February 24

Thanks for the encouraging words, commander.

posted by wingnut4life at 03:57 PM on February 24

da nada

posted by commander cody at 05:15 PM on February 24

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