He was the head basketball coach for a university who happened to be visiting Germany. While on a US army base there, he saw a few guys playing a pick-up game. Being a coach ever mindful of looking for new talent to recruit for his team, he stopped to watch.
One very tall young man stood out, and it wasn't just his height. He was playing an excellent game indeed, and showed all the signs of being very good, if he got the right coaching.
As some of the young men left, the coach approached the player and in a conversational tone called out, "Hello, soldier! What's your name?"
The young man replied, "Oh, I'm not a soldier, sir; I'm only in 7th grade. My dad is stationed here."
"I want to meet your parents!" the coach said. He became a friend of the family, encouraging the young man to do well in school and develop his talent.
That is how Dale Brown, who coached Shaquille O'Neal in college basketball, met his future team star.
Happy Birthday, Shaq.
She is still hanging on somehow. She keeps going into the labored breathing that usually precedes death, then waking up an hour later to eat. I've seen a few miracles in this business, and while it's too soon to say, I may be witnessing another. I can only pray so.
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