You Can

You Can

“All your life you are told the things you cannot do.
All your life they will say you’re not good enough
or strong enough or talented enough;
they will say you’re the wrong height or the wrong weight or the wrong type to play this or be this or achieve this.
a thousand times no, until all the no’s become meaningless.
All your life they will tell you no, quite firmly and very quickly.

West Detroit, Michigan,
November 25th, 2016,
3:13p.m Eastern time,

“Yo, DeMarcus want tah go study wit me n Keyshawn?” Asks Jamal ,”Kevin says at 4 he can take y’all and I to the indoor gym back near downtown, I really don’t want to freeze out here in the courts, also Kevin got a nice whip, it’d be dope to go, I call aux.”

“Yeeee I’m down.” Says Demarcus,” do we really have to do homework.”

“Want to live like dis, in west Detroit livin on no food, waking up each morning scared you gonna die, scared for yo life, do yo homework now and succeed later, if you ain’t starving wit me you ain’t feasting wit me!”

“I hear you,” says DeMarcus,”What about Kevin, he’s now in the rich money gang.”

“People want him dead…”Keyshawn adds.

*they remain at school and do their homework

West side secondary school
West Detroit, Michigan
November 25th, 2016
4:00p.m Eastern Time

*Keyshawn, Deshawn, and Jamal here a loud engine roll up

“Dat must be Kevin!” Keyshawn stated while walking out of the library into the parking lot.

“Wheeeew that’s nice,” adds Deshawn with an impressed look.

“Hop in boyzzzzz,” yells Kevin.

Kevin grew up with Keyshawn, Deshawn and Jamal, in the same building, they live in the projects. An area were the government makes cheaper housing, because in the area people don’t have much money. Over the years Kevin got caught up in gang activity to get more money.

*Arrives at the gym

“Yo it’s packed!”says Kevin as they all walk in the gym.

“Indeed it is,” Jamal says,”I like it more when it is empty with just us.

“Look on the bright side,” says Keyshawn in a happy tone. Keyshawn was always positive even though he probably had the toughest life at home. He understood that he has to make the best out his young years in order to succeed. When you’re mean you’re wasting your time doing bad stuff that effects you.”Maybe we’ll make friends, or Jamal might postalize sum duuuude.”

“Hahahaha I’m not dat good,” Jamal says with a lack of confidence and disbelief.

“Are you kidding me! Your one of the best in the state of Michigan, you averaged 33.4 points last season 64% from the field and 44% from the 3, you can do anything!” Deshawn says with integrity and a bit of frustration.

“Ya and 1.8 blocks a game, 12 rebounds a game n 1 steal a game, plus you grew like 4 inches over the summer, and you finally got 360 dunks down.” Says Keyshawn in a frustrated tone but he was still positive about it,” You could go on and play college ball, maybe go pro, get money for your family provide for them.” Jamal is extraordinary, he plays shooting guard and is 6’8 in grade 12.

“But what if I don’t!” Blurts Jamal in a furious voice,”What if I don’t…”

“You have to work for it man, we got you.” Keyshawn says trying to calm him down. They enter the gym and go to the bench and put on the shoes Kevin bought for em. Keyshawn has Jordan 11 Gamma blues, Deshawn has Lebron solider 9s, Jamal has Chicago colour Jordan 11 Jamal’s favourite player is MJ (Michael Jordan), and Kevin Black on Black Lebron 13s.

Once they get there shoes on they go off and shoot, “Jamal do 20 3s in a row.” Deshawn says to Jamal.

Jamal gives him a weird look,”Are you crazy I can’t do that!” Jamal argues.

A man overheard their conversation,”Yes you can.” The man said with confidence and certainly gave Jamal confidence.

Those 3 words changed Jamal’s life,”You heard him Jamal you can!” Shouts Kevin trying to pump him up.

More people heard and more starting to say,”YOU CAN!”

The man said directly to Jamal,”I watched you last season, you reminded me of me when I was a kid, the biggest mistake I made in my life was I didn’t believe. I saw you sink threes like it was nothing, 1 after another. You are capable of making it to the NBA maybe being in the hall of hame, but not if you don’t think you can. You don’t know what your capable of until you try because when I was your age I was promised a scholarship to North Carolina, LSU you name it, but I didn’t think I was good enough until I dropped out of school and now I’m 30 years old without a good paying job. Believe me in this, and believe in yourself, the name is Koroldo.”

“Oh man you’re the dude who used to drop 40 like it was nothing, I wondered what happened to him.” Keyshawn adds.

“20 shots, I CAN do this!” Says Jamal pumping himself up.

People say yea in the background agreeing with Jamal, emerging stops what they are doing to watch Jamal shoot.

“Ready,” says Jamal as he sighs, Keyshawn gets under the hoop to rebound. “Swish,” People start clapping,” Swish,” yawww yell his friends,” Swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish ,swish, swish,”The place is quiet no one wants to interrupt Jamal,”Swish,” The whole place is nervous,”Swish,” 3 more to go,”Swish,” The crowd is fully engaged,”swish,” 1 more to go!”Swish,” The whole place is going crazy, Jamal did it!

“That’s the power of believing.” Says Koroldo as he leaves the gym.

“Let’s go and celebrate and get some chicken,” says Keyshawn in happy tone as always.

“Sounds like a plan,” says Kevin,” you in Demarcus?”

“Yawww, of course!,” answers Demarcus,”wait where’d Jamal go? Oh never mind he’s over there shooting. Keyshawn wanna go get chicken with us?”

“Nah, ima play ball, but could y’all get myself some garlic wings for me.” Says Jamal in delight.

“30 garlic wings coming right up for my future Hall of Fame Dawg, hahahahaha,” Says Kevin as he laugh.

“Have a great time, y’all the best,” says Jamal as they leave.

That night Jamal learned he had to believe in his god given talent in order to succeed the most, That season the team went undefeated and went to the state championship and won. Jamal was the #1 prospect in Michigan and maybe even in the whole Country. He averaged 35 points per game a succeeded in all of the categories. He ended up getting a full ride scholarship to Duke, Keyshawn got offered a scholarship to Kansas and took it, Deshawn also went to Kansas, and Kevin left the gang and took the beating, and got to North Carolina University.

*April 24th, 2018 – the NBA draft.
“Hello ladies and gentle men, today you will witness young talent enter the NBA, With the first pick of the NBA draft the Toronto raptors select, the 6’8 point guard from Duke, Jamal Thomas.”

Jamal ends up making it to the NBA, he hires Koroldo as a trainer because he is the one who helped him get to where he is today.

Kevin is now working in Toronto as a Heart surgeon.

Keyshawn lives in Toronto too, but drives out too Detroit for work because it’s close and he help kids in the community.

Deshawn is Jamal’s agent.

All of them stay in touch till this day, they all live I good life, because they believed and still believe they can do anything through good, and if they put in the work.

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