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Thankfully Dedicated.

November 25th, 2016


James was a scrawny puke, and hated getting caught.

He cut the cattle fences on Coach McGuire’s ranch to get back at him for making him run extra laps in basketball practice—29 laps, to be exact. He got caught and sentenced to 25 hours of community service—on Coach’s ranch.

Working with Coach, though, wasn’t as bad as James thought it would be.

After 4 days of working together, Coach told James, “I believe in you, kid. I think you have what it takes to be in the NBA.”

James’ chest swelled with inspiration at Coach McGuire’s words. Never had anyone told him that—not since his dad died three years earlier, anyway. Since then, James had been trouble. To everyone.

But hearing Coach’s words and spending time working on his ranch, James went on to become the hardest worker on the basketball team. His teammates were shocked. He ran hard on every drill, ran hard on every lap, and ran hard in every game. He practiced early and stayed late, working on his fundamentals. Coach said he could make it to the NBA.

James’ sophomore year, he won the “Most Improved” award. He was a starting player his Junior year, but broke his arm midway through the season. Coach told him, “You’ll be all right. Push through and you’ll be back on the court next year.” James’ Senior year was his best year ever. He went on to play in college and was drafted to the NBA a year later, just like Coach had said.

James took Rookie of the Year, and acknowledged his high school coach on the podium. Later, after winning an Olympics gold medal for Team USA, he scribbled a note, boxed up the medal, wrote an address on the label and shipped it to a little ranch in Nevada.

The address said, “Coach McGuire,” and the note simply said, “Thanks, Coach. You’re like a dad to me. More than just saying ‘thanks,’ though, I want you to have this. It’s all because of you that I’m here. Thankfully dedicated. –James.” 

(p.s. not a true story) – Bro. Ryan




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