College Hoops’ Big Man Deserves Better

College Basketball's Biggest Big Man

College Basketball

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.

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One thought on “College Hoops’ Big Man Deserves Better

  1. John Litchfield says:

    Kenny’s career might not be over unless there is nothing they can do prosthetically. I am an amputee: I’ve lost my entire left leg. While I tried a prosthetic, I saw people with lost feet, calf, knee, and partial thigh. The lower the amputation, the more likely someone can still participate in athletics; nevertheless, Kenny’s amputaion can be something that cannot be replaced with a prosthetic. Why can’t a partial foot to slide on his current foot that is amputated help him walk and jog? I know from watching him play that speed and explosiveness never was part of his game. His success comes from his verticality, and unless he cannot maintain his balance with a prosthetic, why can’t he wear one and still play? Is there a rule against someone participating with a prosthetic? Unless the rules have been changed since Notre Dame had a player with a prosthetic that played, I would think that Kenny George could receive a medical year off and return the following year and finish his education, possibly earn a Master’s degree.

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