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Grizzlies “draft” 8-year-old boy with cerebral palsy through Make-a-Wish Foundation


This is the kind of story we like to end our year on…

Charvis Brewer is an 8-year-old boy battling cerebral palsy, which has confined him to a wheelchair, still he has the same dream a lot of us did growning up — to be drafted by his hometown NBA team. In his case, the Memphis Grizzlies.

Last week the Grizzlies made that come true, as reported at Today.

Working with the Make-a-Wish Foundation Brewer was drafted by the team, went through a mock press conference, went into the locker room, had a team meal and more.

Mike Conley, a guard for the Grizzlies and a favorite player of Charvis’, joined the festivities with a jersey made for the team’s newest member. A limousine then ferried the Brewers to the basketball arena where the players awaited Charvis’ arrival.

The whirlwind included eating lunch with the team, watching practice, visiting the weight room and quizzing the players about basketball.

Brewer did more than just watch practice, he helped out coach Dave Joerger, reported WMCTV in Memphis (via Ball Don’t Lie).

“So we need to work on our free-throws and 3-point shooting,” said Head Coach Dave Joerger.

Right away, Charvis made it known who the man in practice is by making decisions and blowing the whistle he got from Z-Bo.

“I like this guy! You’re a good coach!” said Mike Miller.

Monday night Brewer attended the Grizzlies loss to the Bulls and watch from box seats. More importantly, he got to feel like part of the team.

Here are a couple more photos from Brewer’s special day.

source: Getty Images

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Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.