Home Sports Basketball ‘His heart was bigger than life:’ Reflecting 30 years after Hank Gathers’... SportsBasketball ‘His heart was bigger than life:’ Reflecting 30 years after Hank Gathers’ passing February 29, 2020 6 Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Hank Gathers wasn’t going to be denied. It didn’t matter how many times he went up, only to have Shaquille O’Neal’s massive mitts smash his shot into smithereens, he was going to keep coming. Five times Gathers barreled into O’Neal — five years his junior but six inches his senior — and turned around as the ball was shipped first-class in the opposite direction. Each embarrassing block and frenzied reaction from Louisiana State fans only made Gathers more determined. Loyola Marymount Coach Paul Westhead called a timeout to calm his team and settle down his star. Gathers was too busy fuming to feel ashamed about his shots being treated like tennis balls to O’Neal’s racket hands. He used the time in the huddle to make a demand. “Get me the ball,” Gathers told his teammates. Gathers survived the same gang-infested Raymond Rosen projects in North Philadelphia that produced boxing champion Bernard Hopkins. He’d shut down pickup games by… READ NEWS SOURCE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR "Plain Angry" Michael Jordan Joins Sports World Call For Change After George Floyd Killing Video shows JR Smith beating man who smashed his car during protests Raptors executive Masai Ujiri: 'No one is born to be racist' Op-Ed: Monty Williams is ‘angry,’ ‘afraid’ and ‘in pain’ today Rare Michael Jordan game-worn modified sneakers could sell for over $500K Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Racism is 'more deadly than COVID-19' JR Smith spotted bike riding with LeBron James and Anthony Davis Knicks' head coach job is Tom Thibodeau's to lose? Knicks' head coaching job is Tom Thibodeau's to lose? Rip Hamilton: Michael Jordan once traded Wizards player for trash talking Sporting 'I can't breathe' shirt, Ben Simmons calls out 'blatant racism' Report: Celtics will 'most likely' offer Jayson Tatum a max contract LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.