Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 at 1:26 pm  |  15 responses

Tai Chi Winner

One reader’s story of limited minutes in the face of adversity.

by Chris OVince Carter wearing the AND 1 Tai Chi‘Leary

After a tedious evaluation, we’ve got a winner to declare in our And1 Tai Chi giveaway contest.

Before I get into that, I wanted to thank everyone who shared their stories. I had loads of great, fun and inspiring stories to dig through with this. It makes you appreciate what SLAM is and what brings us together, whether it’s on this site or in the pages of the magazine.

With my moment of cornballness out of the way, let’s congratulate our winner, Migs, for his story of his own One Shining Moment.

“I was the third-string Center in grade 9. We had two coaches – Coach A hated me; Coach B loved my hustle. We were playing a good team, and word was that their Power Forward was going to light us up. The locker room was tense that day. Our starting Center hurt his ankle, and Coach A had me kneel on the ground to hold his ankle so they could tape it. I’d never been so humiliated, kneeling down, holding this guy’s leg while everyone else listened to the game plan. I was pissed. The game started, and as predicted, their forward was tearing up our big men, resulting in foul trouble. Suddenly, Coach B calls my name, and tells me to stop the guy, or foul him. Fueled by the ankle incident, I played the best defense of my life, fronting him, not giving up position, and boxing out aggressively. We still lost the game, but I was a hero to my teammates for that one game, and an example for my great D. Due to my play, I thought I’d get more playing time when we faced them again. I was wrong.”

I feel you on the limited minutes in high school, Migs. And the losing too, actually. We’ll get those sneaks out to you in sync with And1′s re-release of the Tai Chi on Nov. 12.

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  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    ‘Grats. Still wish I won though!

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Congrats Migs!

  • Ken

    Ha! Nice. Congrats to Migs, that was one of my favorites posted too.

  • El Grondo

    U Killin me Migs! Man good story though proving defense is truly the game winn… oh wait, my bad.

  • El Grondo

    U Killin me Migs! Man good story though proving defense is truly the game winn… oh wait, my bad

  • Double J

    ya i’m the double post above is from me, not el grondo lol

  • Migs

    Thanks guys, and thanks to Slam for hooking me up with the kicks! I’m from Toronto, and a die-hard Raps fan, so the Tai Chi’s hold an extra special spot in my heart because it reminds me of the golden days of Raptors basketball. Before his jump-shooting, injury prone days; before his Roswell Rayguns appearances and his “Boing” commercials, VC was a beast, dunking on opponents with reckless abandon. You can bet that I’ll be showcasing these gems on the court with the same eagerness he did (although a few feet closer to the ground).

  • ampd

    dude, i feel ya migs. i’ve been there before, and believe me, it sucks. gratz though on winning

  • k.a.

    If you’re a center…you might not have that much use for mids like tai chis, just sayin’ :P ‘grats!

  • Sarah

    This brings back many memories of my own. Don’t you love high school coaches? Congrats Migs.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Vintage V.C. = Doctor Funk

  • HangTime Hec

    Man migs you post was great. That last sentence killed me.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Great job Migs.

  • http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Video-Guy-Dupuy-s-ridiculous-new-dunk;_ylt=ArUf78nf1e6m.CYLHndihuG8vLYF?urn=nba,187926 Dacre

    OKAY CLICK ON MY NAME: self alley, over a dude, THROUGH THE LEGS windmill!
    watch it now.

  • http://jonamantesells.com Mr. 3-point shot

    I wanna see some D from you this Sunday!!Now, who’s your Daddy??