18 year old phenom

Born like a candlestick stood straight and tall

Had a natural rhythm only found in the bouncing of a ball

It was in his walk in his lithe

Played above the rim from the age of twelve

Stopped passersby with his skills

Passed by defenders still with their weight on their heels

His future was set before he even knew his name

He could play with skills beyond any who played the game

Made all the right moves on the court

Even some others could not have even thought

And when he reached an age of puberty

he played with grown man maturity

Everyone wanted to know that kid

Even those that didn’t would say they did

But then there were always a few

Who were jealous of the things he could do

So on that day in a hot summers june

They took him away from life too soon

Their jealous hearts got in the way

Their evil minds led them astray

And on that day they ended for him

The dream that had always lived within

The real reason he played like a pro

Was to uplift his people and soothe their woes

For he always knew that in his hoop dreams

Were also those of his people with lesser means

Always knew that if he could achieve

He could reach back and help those who had fallen between.

But since those cowards took him away

We’ll never know what a difference he could have made

We’ll never know if one can uplift

Many, whose hopes have gone adrift

Smooth as silk jumpshot and quick to the rim

A natural born effortless motion from within

Always at one with the ball

and

It seemed placed perfectly

like an extension of his hand

Money they called it, his stroke was supreme

Like a rock star on the court the stuff of dreams.

A legend to those who watched his pace

His style, his moves, his form, his grace

18 year old phenom

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Joined May 2009

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