Posted by: Jeremy | May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day!

Sean Elliott, making amazing happen

Sean Elliott (far right), making amazing happen

Today is Memorial Day in the States (If you’re American and reading this, don’t make fun — we had our holiday last Monday), a day I’ll always associate with playoff basketball in the afternoon. Nowadays they play the game at night (Denver and LA tip tonight at 9), but as a kid I remember coming home from school and catching a little basketball before dinner. One of my favourite all-time shots came on holiday Monday — Sean Elliott’s three against Portland in the 1999 West Finals, aka the Memorial Day Miracle.

Some fun facts about the shot:

– Elliott caught the ball and shot from his tippy toes — If he’d put his heal on the ground, he would’ve been out of bounds.

– The shot gave the Spurs their first and only lead of the game. Turned out to be the only one they needed.

– Most incredibly, Elliott was playing with the knowledge that his kidney was dying and was in need of a transplant. He didn’t go public with this until after San Antonio won the championship the next month. Anyway, he found a match in his older brother and returned late the next season, becoming the first player in NBA history to return from a kidney transplant.

Anyway, enough talk — here’s a look at the Memorial Day Miracle:

(Also, click here for Marv Albert’s call of the shot — I’d put this as the main video, but the video’s just a tad grainy…)



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