This is awesome.
The Memphis Grizzlies and the Mid-South chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation made eight-year-old Charvis Brewer's wish come true on Sunday, when he was "drafted" to become a sanctioned member of grit-and-grind basketball.
WMCTV.com's Ari Alexander has the details:
For a basketball player, getting drafted is the ultimate wish. You grow up looking up to the guys in the league, and when you're given a chance to step on the court with them, it's the best feeling.
Just ask one Mid-South 8-year-old, whose wish was granted on Sunday by the Grizzlies.
The Mid-South Make a Wish Foundation granted his wish on Sunday - to be drafted by the Grizzlies.
As Yahoo! Sports' Kelly Dwyer points out, Brewer, who suffers from cerebral palsy, is now the "youngest [drafted] player in the 67-year span of the league." So Charvis' wish not only came true, he made NBA history, too.
He also made his presence known on the practice court, critiquing Memphis' players while feverishly using a whistle provided by Zach Randolph.
"If they make a bad mistake, he'll call them out, you know," Charvis' dad, Michael Douglas, said, via Alexander. "He'll tell'em (sic) to get back and do right. Coach'll pull out the wrong person, he'll call him out and say ‘No, you took the wrong one out, put the right one back in.'"
We all know Grizzlies rookie head coach Dave Joerger needs all the help he can get. Marc Gasol has missed Memphis' last 16 games, and the Grizzlies rank in the bottom half of both offensive and defensive efficiency.
They're also 3.5 games below the Western Conference's final playoff spot.
Perhaps Brewer, who attempted to implement some changes on offense, is just the inspiration these injury-riddled Grizzlies need.
"I like this guy!" Mike Miller said, per Alexander. "You're a good coach!"
Brewer is also fearless. Roy Hibbert at the rim fearless.
"I wanna block his shot," Brewer told the Grizzlies of Carmelo Anthony in a video posted by WMCTV.com.
Few NBA players are up to the task of defending Anthony, one of the league's premier scorers, so kudos to Brewer for showing some serious resolve.
"I get to go to the game tomorrow!" an excited Charvis also said, via Alexander.
The Grizzlies need that type of mentality in their rotation. Brewer represents true NBA fandom, in every possible sense.
And we could all use more inspiring, feel-good stories like these.
Clearly, Memphis made the right "draft day" decision.