Saturday, March 06, 2010

Remembering Hank Gathers

It's hard to believe that 20 years ago this week Loyola-Marymount star basketball player, Hank Gathers, collapsed and died during a conference tournament game.

It was a tragedy to see someone so young collapse and die before our very eyes. Then the play of Bo Kimble and Hank's teammates captured the nation's attention as they made a great Cinderella run through the NCAA tournament defeating Michigan and Alabama before falling to a great UNLV team in the Elite Eight.

They are still my all-time favorite tournament team. Their fast-break, 3 point, attack was great, and I don't know anyone who could watch Bo Kimble shoot a left handed free throw in tribute to Hank Gathers without getting misty.

ESPN has posted the following as a preview for their upcoming documentary, the "Gurus of Go", about Loyola Marymount's miraculous run and their coach Paul Westhead, featuring "haunting footage" of Gathers final game.

Seeing the preview brings back both sad and happy memories from that unforgettable tournament. How is it possible that it's been 20 years?

Rest in Peace Hank Gathers. We still remember you and your over-sized heart.

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