The Los Angeles Lakers introduced their 27th pick in the 2015 NBA draft, Larry Nance Jr. on Monday afternoon, whose father enjoyed a 13-year NBA career with the Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Nance’s journey to the big stage hasn’t been an easy one. Long before tearing his ACL during his junior season at the University of Wyoming, there was a point where Nance didn’t have the energy or strength to play basketball, nevermind live out his dream of following in his father’s foot steps and playing in the NBA someday. It wasn’t until his sophomore year of high school when he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, and his life would change forever.
In our exclusive interview above, Nance talks about his journey, inspiring and being inspired by the Crohn’s community, and the process he goes through in managing his condition, while playing basketball.
It’s an honor to even be standing here. Let alone to be a part of this franchise now. I’m just ecstatic to get to work and hopefully restore the glory that is the Los Angeles Lakers,” Nance said about being drafted. “It wasn’t just me getting drafted. The Lakers also got the entire Crohn’s community with them.”
Nance also addresses a tweet he sent in poor judgement about Kobe Bryant back in 2012, and says although he still has a pit in his stomach and has not forgiven himself, he’s incredibly thankful Bryant has forgiven him. Now, Nance is focused on making a better impression to Lakers fans and has a special message for Lakers Nation.
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