Here is an example where basketball is much more than just a game. During Chris Paul’s senior year at West Forsyth High School, his grandfather was murdered. Chris was very close with his grandfather and just a few short days after the incident he paid tribute to his grandfather through the game they mutually shared a love for. Chris silently decided he would score one point for every year of his grandfather’s life (61). Chris made it to the 61 point mark on a drive to the basket where he made the bucket and got fouled. Rather than trying to stretch his performance into the North Carolina state scoring record, he intentionally missed the free throw and collapsed tearfully into his father’s arms. Click here to watch the ESPN special!
Chris Paul’s “Grandfather Game”
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About Joe Lucas
Joe Lucas is the founder of The World of Hoops. He has 25 years of experience playing basketball, training basketball players, and coaching basketball. The World of Hoops provides intelligent and intense basketball training to take basketball players to the next level.