When Galileo theorized the world in perspective is round. People started to question his insanity. Before, the moon was just a part of some silly rhyme. It was virtually impossible to go there, but years later, Neil Armstrong made a giant leap for mankind as he set his foot to become the first man in history to step foot on the moon.
Galileo and Armstrong are two different individuals, but bonded in one common goal to make the impossible possible.
Beginning his NBA career a virtual unknown, Jamario Moon signed a three day contract with the Raptors. In his first game, he scored 12 points and six rebounds in 23 minutes. His play made such a lasting impression that he was given the starting spot.
But it was not all bed of roses for the young Raptor. He had to undergo the impossible first to make his dream a reality.
Graduating at a subpar college averaging 20.8 points and 8.7 rebounds, he immediately listed himself in the 2001 NBA draft. But no NBA team wanted him and was forced to play in the CBA, LNBP, USBL and the Harlem Globetrotters. A prototypical journeyman.
But Jamario never gave up. Playing for the Harlem Globetrotters made him discover how great he really is. He made jumping as a sanctuary for all his frustrations. When things don’t work out for him, he'd just jump his way out of it, literally.
The Raptors gave Jamario some redemption. He eventually carved his way in the league and became a defensive specialist, breaking a club record of one block per game for 12 consecutive games. Highlights and impossible dunks slowly showing up in YouTube and MySpace.
The departure of LeBron James to the Cavaliers leaves a gaping hole in the roster, and Moon knows he will have to step up and play harder this time. He played on 18 teams in 9 years as a pro. Jamario knows the only way to stay in the league is to give it all he has, and make the best of the minutes the coaches have given you.
Galileo, Armstrong and Jamario made a commitment to never gave up and made the impossible possible. Fly me to the moon Jamario.