Thursday, June 23, 2005

Chris Paul of Wake Forest

On Nov. 15, 2002, Nathaniel Jones, Paul's grandfather and the first black owner of gas station in all of North Carolina, returned home from work and found five teenagers burglarizing his home. They taped Jones' mouth shut and tied his hands behind his back and beat him. He was left bleeding in his carport, where he died from a heart arrhythmia caused by the stress of the attack.

He was 61.

Five days later -- one day after the funeral -- Paul's West Forsyth High School team opened its season. Paul decided he would play, in honor of his grandfather, and vowed to score 61 points to match his grandfather's age.

Paul had never scored more than 39 points in a game, but late in the fourth quarter he found himself with 59 points. He drove the lane and hit a shot while being fouled.

Standing at the free throw line with 61 points, Paul took the ball from the referee, and instead of attempting the free throw, he threw the ball into the stands and walked off the court and into the arms of his family.

1 Comments:

Blogger Chad Hartigan said...

so he airballed the free throw?

10:32 PM  

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