Today is the 29th anniversary of Hank Gathers’ tragic death. If you don’t know who that is, don’t worry. At this point, after this many years, it’s quite easy to have never known who Gathers was, as a player or as a man. But for people who did get the chance to follow his career, they won’t forget easily.
For the sake of readers who either want to learn or reminisce, for the sake of my own undying need to write about the greatest phenomenon the world of basketball missed out on for terribly tragic reasons, and, hopefully, for the sake of Gathers’ legacy – so even a few more people can know of his story – it’s time to take a trip back through the time machine to meet a kid who loved basketball named Hank.