The LBJ Basketball season came to a close today following the season finale vs. the Celtics. For this game the kids were on their own, as coaches had to stay on the sidelines. And stealing was allowed and the score was kept. But the team was ready. And I finally the opportunity to record some game action.
Alan played confidently, making good passes and taking strong shot attempts.
He hustled back on defense too, like he always does.
Alan closed out the scoring for the Heat’s season by converting on his best-looking and highest-arcing shot attempt of the season with about half of a minute remaining on the game clock (Note: He scored the team’s first basket of the season, too). Fortunately I was able to capture Alan’s successful bank shot – his 13th made field goal of the season — as I shouted “Yes!” in the background. Look at the joy in Alan’s reaction! 🙂
After the final buzzer sounded, the Heat huddled up one last time for their “Go Heat!” battle cry. Then it was off to a postgame subs-and-juice party for the team, where the coach passed out certificates and photos. It was a well-earned reward for the kids.
The backstory to the game included Alan battling a fever since Friday night. He stayed inside all day on Saturday to rest up to help his chances of being able to play. He needed Tylenol to get through the game, but he wasn’t going to miss it for anything. He loves playing basketball.
It’s incredible to think how far Alan has come from the first practice in November through now. He worked through early nerves and uncertainty that he could ever make a basket and transformed into a confident player able to knock down shots during competition. It’s been so rewarding to see him grow! I tell him every week he’s my favorite player to watch play. LeBron’s got nothing on Alan.