Gary Forbes: Humble Panamanian Beginnings


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He left his native city in Panama after SWAT teams of military personnel invaded his neighborhood in search of military dictator Manuel Noriega. As a kid he spent a lot of time playing ball with his siblings on a home made hoop hand crafted by his father.

When it came time to move to the United States he joined his family in Brooklyn. Basketball stayed with him and in his new surroundings steel sharpened steel and his talent elevated. He starred at Benjamin Banneker where he earned Brooklyn player of the year. When it came time for College he caught a few offers, but chose UVA (then UMass).

He worked hard and through a ton of adversity (including being diagnosed with diabetes), but he fulfilled a life long dream and went pro. He played in the league with the Nuggets, Raptors and Rockets. He played all over the world and most recently for Vietnam's Saigon Heat until the coronavirus shut them now.

On this episode we get to know BK's own Gary Forbes.

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