Sometimes, nature just likes to have fun.
Kenny George was always big. Really big. Big enough. Big enough to than stand out in any crowd. He drew crowds.
As a child, almost cruelly. And as a young man, mostly curiously.
He grew to be 7-foot-9 in sneakers. And he grew to be able to harness his height in its most natural sport. Last season at North Carolina-Asheville, in the Big South conference, George was the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. He played 20 minutes a game, averaging 12.4 points and seven rebounds. He hit 70 percent of his shots to lead the nation in FG%. He can dunk flat-footed.
Or at least he could.
Sometimes, nature can also be cruel. Unreasonably so.
The-360-pound George, maybe college basketball’s biggest big man ever, had parts of his right foot amputated this week, it is being reported. The procedure was the result of a staph infection obtained at a “big man” camp this summer. Long-time friends are saying he’ll never play again.
Sonny Parker, who’s known George since he was 12, reportedly spoke with the young man’s father. “This is so sad because Kenny has gone through so much in his life because of his size,” Parker told the Winston-Salem Journal.
Nature owes Kenny G big time.