Eighteen-year-old Yitzi Teichman had always dreamt of being a Los Angeles Laker, so when the opportunity presented itself, it was an easy call.
Teichman was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 17 years old. The tumor nearly cost the teen his vision, according to Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times, but he was able to have surgery at Johns Hopkins and undergo cancer treatment after that.
When Make-A-Wish came to Teichman, he knew what he wanted—and that was to be a Laker.
Before Sunday's game against the Charlotte Hornets, the Lakers officially made Teichman a member of the team by signing him to a one-day contract. Of course, every big signing requires a press conference. That was something the teen was ready for.
Teichman quipped his way through the press conference, handling himself behind the microphone better than some pros do. It was almost as if he had been preparing his whole life for that moment, in the event he ever got the chance to be a part of an introductory presser.
Not only did he get to sign a contract and speak to the media, he also got to take part in the shootaround and hang out with some current and former players.
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
18-year-old Make-A-Wish recipient Yitzi Teichman, who's beating brain cancer, signed a 1-day deal w/his fav. team: https://t.co/DFIc1AkayO2016-2-1 03:34:08
Jewish teen signs 1-day contract w/ @Lakers through Make-A-Wish https://t.co/3LWKGkCeVF h/t @afshineemrani https://t.co/FYY2XgL4n32016-2-1 18:58:31
Eric Pincus @EricPincus
Here's a photo of Yitzi Teichman with Julius Randle - Yitzi signing a ceremonial 1-day contract w/ the Lakers today https://t.co/koTxZU31ML2016-1-31 22:47:33
Teichman made a good impression on his new teammates.
"They should have put him in," Nick "Swaggy P" Young said after the game, per Pincus. "Could they have put him in?"
Sorry, Nick. Teichman was not signed to the active roster, so he was not eligible to play. But at least the teen left the Staples Center with Swaggy P's backing.
Teichman may not have played in Los Angeles' 101-82 loss, but this was certainly an unforgettable experience for him, nonetheless.