The fact that any sexagenarian can throw a leather ball down an iron rim 10 feet off the ground is incredible, regardless of how he got there. With a somewhat misleading, semi-viral headline, 60-year-old Golden State Warriors assistant coach, Alvin Gentry threw down a one-handed cram — albeit with the assistance of a padded wall against the goal.
Even though he clearly got a cute, friendly cheat via the Cavaliers’ practice facility setup, this is still something to be reckoned with. You might be thinking that as an NBA coach, he can hold himself in the same company as former NBA stars like Kareem Abdul-Jabar or Shaq who can reach the rim on their tiptoes, but that’s far from the case. A former point guard, Gentry last played competitive basketball in 1977 for small-time Division I Appalachian State and has been in coaching ever since.
My short white legs have been hopelessly dreaming of throwing it down for years now. If this guy, who’s almost old enough to be my grandfather, can find a way to make it happen, and I fail to match him, I think it will officially be time to for me to accept my destiny and switch to golf, despite the fact that I’d do anything not to..