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kdaleb
06-24-2018, 07:44 PM
Great story on Ozy about Ira Brown. Just a brief mention of his time here at Gonzaga, but definitely worth the read. A fine young man representing our institution in Japan.

How a Poor Kid from Texas Courted Stardom in Japan
Ozy.com

BY Tal Pinchevsky • May 31, 2018

Why You Should Care - Because this African-American forward could be dunking all over the 2020 Olympics … for the home team.

Ira Brown is used to sticking out. It could be for his high-impact, up-tempo game on the basketball court. Or as a homeless Black kid raised by white adoptive parents in the Houston suburbs. Or, most certainly now, as an undersize power forward on Japan’s national basketball team. But in the past seven years, the naturalized Japanese citizen has become a basketball institution in his adopted home.

more here (https://www.ozy.com/the-huddle/how-a-poor-kid-from-texas-courted-stardom-in-japan/86968)

sittingon50
06-24-2018, 08:19 PM
Thanks kd.

Ira's 35? Man, am I getting old!! Fast!

scrooner
06-24-2018, 08:23 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6bIxQMVxV8

thebigsmoove
06-25-2018, 05:35 AM
Thanks kd.

Ira's 35? Man, am I getting old!! Fast!

Of course he was pretty old (25?) by the time he suited up for GU too.

Birddog
06-25-2018, 05:48 AM
Of course he was pretty old (25?) by the time he suited up for GU too.

IIRC, he played a few years of professional baseball before giving basketball a try at the JC level. He is a helluva an athlete.

GrizZAG
06-25-2018, 06:53 AM
One hellava story. Almost reminds me of "The Blind Side" and Michael Oher.

webspinnre
06-25-2018, 12:53 PM
Fabulous story. Well-deserved success for Ira.

bballbeachbum
06-26-2018, 08:01 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6bIxQMVxV8

great story, and fun video to watch, thanks scrooner