Here are the highlights of the second half of the basketball season:
2/4/18: No game. Alan’s team had the week off, but a play from the prior week — where Alan caught a hot pass from a teammate (Wyatt) and scored — was talked about by Alan and me all week. After I showed Alan video of LeBron’s game-winning shot to beat the T-Wolves at the buzzer on 2/7/18, Alan commented on how Jeff Green’s pass to LeBron was just like Wyatt and Alan’s play. After Alan shared his take on the play, it will likely now go down in family lore — just like the time Alan hit a baseball off the roof of the apartment. That happened last summer, but we talk about that like it was yesterday. 🙂
2/11/18 vs Thunder: Alan was miraculously held scoreless by the all-world Thunder D, but he impacts the game in other ways – most notably with his good passing. Alan brought the ball up the court and set up the offense several times in the game.
2/18/18 vs Cavs: Alan played his best game of the season, highlighted by four made baskets! He scored once in the first quarter, twice in the third quarter (including at the buzzer), and once in fourth quarter. It was an intense game due to one kid on the opposing team being both too skilled and too physical for the league. Early in the third quarter, Alan got banged into by him. But Alan shook it off, stayed in the game, and went on to score three of his four baskets after getting hurt.
2/25/18 vs Lakers: Alan once again provided instant offense, opening the game with the first basket for the Heat. He would later score again early in the third quarter. I filled in as head coach (promoted from assistant), so I’ll take credit for calling Alan’s number. Robbie was in the audience to see Alan’s two baskets. The best moment for me was when Alan put his arm around me when I was kneeling for the end of game team huddle. It was the same hug I felt when I took a photo with Alan at Millridge last month when he was the student of the week. I also felt it back when I visited him on Sports Day at Millridge in March 2017.
All of these games were 11:30am starts (first wave of games), so Alan wanted us to arrive before the rest of the team to practice on the open court. It was fun playing 1-on-1 with him!