Never underestimate what a man will endure for the chance to zip line for the first time in his life.
One of the day trips the Santa Clara basketball team planned for its tour of Vancouver this week was a zip-lining excursion, but the coaches feared 7-foot big man Robert Garrett wouldn't be able to participate because of a 250-pound weight limit. Instead, the freshman made it his mission to join his teammates on the zip line, changing into his workout gear and doing everything in his power to shed the last bit of weight necessary.
"I was lagging behind the team, and I see Rob doing wind sprints outside the check-in booth," director of basketball operations Jessie Pruitt said in the hilarious video the school released Thursday.
"I'm asking, 'What's Rob doing?' They said, 'Rob's at 252. He's got a chance.' So I was like, let's make it happen. I get out there with Rob, and we start doing sprints and jumping jacks. He starts taking off clothes, taking off his socks, changing his shoes with Ray to get under his weight. We go in, we think he's made it, and he's at 250.8. We were like, 'All right let's go.'"
It took another 15 minutes worth of wind sprints and jumping jacks, but Garrett shed the final bit of weight, weighed in at 249.8 pounds and joined his teammates on the gondola ride to the top of the mountain. The hard work was worth it because Garrett's first zip-lining experience was a good one.
"I initially didn't even want to go zip-lining," he said. "I was actually scared out of my mind, you know, zip-lining, did we have to do all that? But I really enjoyed it."
The entire experience surely brought some levity to a Santa Clara team that probably needed it after losing its second-leading scorer to a season-ending ACL tear two minutes into the first game of the trip on Tuesday night. The risk of injury is a downside to these preseason trips, but bonding experiences like this one make it still worthwhile.
(Thanks, National Hoops Report)