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Hoping for a record

Sun., Feb. 26, 2006

Recently, I witnessed a tremendous moment when J.J. Redick broke the all-time Duke (men’s basketball) scoring record of Johnny Dawkins. It was awe-inspiring to see the tumultuous reaction of the crowd and especially the pride and joy displayed by J.J.’s ecstatic parents.

My excitement then wandered to Gonzaga and Adam Morrison. I so look forward to next year when Adam breaks Frank Burgess’ 25-year record of 2,196 career points. I envision the fans at the McCarthey Center going berserk, Adam’s parents weeping with joy, and an audible roar echoing through Spokane neighborhoods.

But there is talk of Adam leaving Gonzaga for the NBA – not staying for his senior year. What a loss that would be. His name would not appear in Gonzaga’s basketball record book. Fans everywhere would be disappointed and honor wouldn’t be extended to his parents, coaches, his university and hometown. It’s painful to think about this possibility, but the decision remains with Adam.

I am exceedingly selfish and want to see Adam hold Gonzaga’s all-time scoring record – for decades to come. I want that moment when he scores his 2,197th point and the world stops, just for a moment.

Don Graham



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