Tough As Nails And The Heart Of a Lion; This Teenage Basketball Player Has It All

by
Zohaib Ahmed
With Derrick Rose still out injured, Chicago may not have the best basketball player in the game right now, but the Windy City certainly is home to the toughest sportsperson alive. And he isn't an NBA player either.

With Derrick Rose still out injured, Chicago may not have the best basketball player in the game right now, but the Windy City certainly is home to the toughest sportsperson alive. And he isn't an NBA player either.

The man in question is a teenage ball player named Tyquone Greer – who plays for Orr High School.

Last week, he was shot in his calf while attending a party but that didn't stop him from taking to the court nine days later when his team's season was on the line. The 19-year-old All-City guard not only answered his coach's call, but with the game tied at 68-68 and just a few seconds remaining on the clock, he stepped up and buried a game-winning three point shot from the corner.

On March 9, Greer was one of six victims who became the target of a random act of shooting at a West Side party. The bullet entered his calf, but fortunately for him, didn't cause any major damage. Still, a gunshot wound is no joke.

His coach didn't want to risk him so soon after that incident, but so determined was Greer to keep his team's season alive that he somehow convinced coach Louis Adams into giving him a chance.

"This could have been our last game and I wanted to make my presence felt," he said in his interview with the Chicago Tribune. "For me to take that shot, God planned it for me because he has some better stuff for me. I knew I was going to make it. I was very confident.

"My leg was still kind of shaky, but this could have been our last game so I wanted to be out there. If we lost, I wanted to make sure that I was on the court with my team. That's all that really mattered."

So while Robert Horry may be the most clutch player of all-time, Greer's heroics warrant an entirely new title; one that takes into account clutch play, bravery and pain threshold.

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