That’s what I would call Southern California fast.
Jesse Ander, the Boston College law student by way of L.A. (that’s Los Angeles, not Lewiston-Auburn), came north from his pad in Newton tonight to join us for a two-hour rebounding session. He first stopped in for Pizza Night, Boboli-style, and then it was on to the gym.
Jesse is a good dude, one who had heard about us on the NPR segment a month ago and immediately began brainstorming ways to get HFH to Boston College and in front of the Celtics. Nothing yet, but a few seeds have been planted that we’re hoping will lead to some cool things down the road.
He’s smart, disciplined, and laid back … like you might expect from a kid who grew up in SoCal as the middle son of an architect dad and attorney mom.
That said, he can also zip a basketball back. It was almost surprising to see the numbers pile up in two hours tonight, considering that super-casual thing he’s got going on. He’s almost directly under the hoop. He sticks a hand out, palm up. The ball touches his hand, just for a moment, and then is redirected quickly, on a bounce, back into my hands. Repeat.
For the first 20 minutes or so, I kind of stunk. Then I was real good for a stretch. Then I was OK. So I guess you might say the shooting was a little erratic. Jesse, meanwhile, was consistently quick. Palm up, redirect, bounce, repeat.
We were almost exactly two hours deep when No. 1,800 dropped through, an substantial night in our march on to 1 million. All totaled up, that’s 155,607 down, 844,393 to go.
Thanks Jesse, for the interest, the support, and tonight’s SoCal style. Lakers fan or not, you’re welcome for Pizza Night any time.