High School Rumors
The diagnosis was multiple sclerosis. After undergoing months of extensive rehab, he could walk again, but his right side was weakened, and Young had trouble dribbling the ball. “I just couldn’t really make my body work the same anymore,” he says. Playing basketball was no longer an option. Young has never left Mecklenburg County. He’s much thinner now, the barrel chest gone, a casualty of his illness. He takes medication for his MS and has physical therapy sessions to help keep him mobile. Some days are better than others. He cannot work regularly, so he is on disability. Once in a while, he shows up to the high school games at his alma mater.
The Houston Rockets are planning a pregame tribute to honor the victims of last week’s Santa Fe High School shooting ahead of Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors, the team confirmed. Plans are still being worked out in coordination with the NBA, but Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta plans to invite the high school’s seniors and administrators on the court for a video tribute in addition to providing tickets, food and transportation to Thursday’s game.
“We’re going to bring all the seniors out on the court and recognize them,” Fertitta told reporters ahead of Game 4. “There’s going to be a tribute video to the deceased, and we’re going to bring some of the first responders out. Just make it a special night. We’re bringing them up on buses, police escort and we’ll feed them. Just show them a good time Thursday night. Just want them to have a good time just like the rest of us.”
When did you fall in love with shoes and start collecting them? Rudy Gay, San Antonio Spurs: I started collecting in my junior year of high school. It was one of those things where when I was younger, I really wanted shoes but I couldn’t get them. When I was a junior in high school, I got a job and the first thing I bought was a pair of all white Air Force 1s. I was trying really hard to keep them clean, but it’s basically impossible to keep them fresh, as we all know. I ended up getting a few pairs of those, and then I started buying some new stuff that was coming out. From there, I just kept collecting.
The NBA and National Basketball Players Association’s conversations on eliminating the one-and-done entry rule have centered on lowering the minimum age requirement no sooner than the 2020 draft, league sources told ESPN. NBA commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts have discussed scenarios to end the requirement for American players to wait one year after high school graduation to enter the NBA draft, but no formal agreement could be reached before the NBPA’s executive committee, including president Chris Paul, gather for a meeting at the end of the NBA playoffs in June.