“Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted-One moment. Would you capture it or just let it slip?” Those words are from the famous Eminem song, “Lose Yourself.” Why am I bringing this up now? Because Sundiata Gaines possibly seized everything he ever wanted in just one moment, when he nailed that memorable game-winning 3-pointer against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this month.
Due to his humongous shot, and some decent play since then, the Utah Jazz have signed the former D-Leaguer for the entire season. If Gaines can continue to play up to par for Jerry Sloan‘s squad, Gaines might have a regular spot in the NBA for seasons to come. Gaines is clearly not one to shy away from pressure, so I expect him to handle the challenges that are thrown at him from here on in.
Then again, there is always the possibility that his 3-pointer was all luck, and he is actually the biggest choke to walk the planet since Brett Favre.
For now, I hope that’s not the case, as I would love to see a guy like Sundiata Gaines make it in the NBA. He has paid his dues over the course of his basketball-playing career, and I feel he deserves it more than most of the guys who do make it.