Kevin Laue, One-Handed Basketball Player, Defies The Odds
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This One-Armed Basketball Player Will Kick Your Butt On The Court

12/29/08 in HS Basketball   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Kevin Laue is kind of an amazing dude. Why? Because he has only one hand arm but could still school you in basketball. The California born Laue is currently playing basketball at Fork Union Military Academy in Richmond, Virginia in hopes of receiving offers to play in the Ivy League. He's averaging 6.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, which is quite impressive considering he's playing with one arm against extremely solid competition.

When Laue was born, his mother’s umbilical cord was wrapped twice around his neck, with his left arm wedged in between. The arm’s circulation was cut off, severely stunting its growth, but doctors said its position had allowed blood to reach the brain.

“I think I got pretty lucky,” Laue said. “My arm saved my life.”

Laue has always had a pretty good sense of humor about his arm as well. When classmates asked why he was missing a chunk of his limb, he said it had been devoured by a shark while he was surfing off the coast of Hawaii.

Anyhow, the 6'10" 18-year-old would definitely be a D-I prospect if he had two arms, according to Dave Telep, a national recruiting analyst.

“If he does make it, nobody in the country will have earned it more,” Telep said. “It’s going to take a Division I team with some courage to give him the chance to prove himself, but he’s a legitimate talent.”

The problem though is that opponents certainly would find ways to limit his effectiveness. But nonetheless, that isn't stopping Laue. Laue's received recruiting letters from Hamilton College and Emory University, which are in Division III, but he still hopes to play for an Ivy League university.

I certainly wish him all the luck, although Emory isn't so bad. I hear Southern girls are pretty hot.

Also, here's a video of Laue when he appeared on local TV out here in San Francisco last year, and before he was forced to shave his head for military school.

As inspirational as Laue is, I'm still partial to the 73-year-old college basketball player. If that makes me a bad guy, so be it.

Basketball prospect provides inspiration with what he doesn't have [NY Times]
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12/30/08   |   Markftee

12/29/08   |   RichmondSpider

Makes TO and all the whiny bit**es in the NBA seem like even bigger a**holes!

12/29/08   |   jrcincalifornia

If ever there was an athlete to serve as a role model, this is the guy. Forget about the Rams' Jack Youngblood or the Knicks' Willis Reed, when it comes to playing "hurt" there is no comparison. Only guy I can think of with guts and competitive pride on a similar level to this lad is former Giants pitcher and cancer survivor Dave Dravecky. Maybe Lance Armstrong, but I know citing the controversial Tour de France winner is bound to open up another discussion entirely! Bottom line: Anytime you're having a pity-party, feeling sorry for yourself, think about Kevin Laue.

12/29/08   |   laxmana

it's no good