It was a pretty serious growth spurt.
Growing up, having the name “Larry
Nance Jr.”… in Akron and Cleveland,
Ohio – that’s not the easiest thing,
especially when I wasn’t very good at
basketball. So there was a good amount
I had several conversations … with my
parents about potentially wanting to
quit. It was tough.
In the conversations I had ... with my
folks, saying like: “I think I might
want to be done.’ They would always
say, “Hey, this not what you have to
do. Whatever you feel like doing – go
to school, get your degree, get your
education and then after that, if you
want to get away from basketball, do it.’
When it comes to the Nance family …
this is something we like to do. Not
something we’re forced to do.
But the older I got … the bigger I got, the
better I got. And those kids who were
beating me in middle school, when I
played them in high school, I usually got
the last laugh.
Naturally, I remember … my first dunk. It
was my junior year against
Copley High School.
It was on … a fast break. My teammate
and I were on the break and he shufflepassed
it to me and I think I’ve still got
the stills of me going up!
That was the first time … I dunked in a
game and that opened the floodgates.
The team went nuts. I was just trying to
get another one.
After I got the first one … it was like: ‘Oh
yeah, I’m gonna make up for lost time!’
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