For Sundiata Gaines, losing part of his dream and having to move 5,000 miles away from home to hold onto what's left is not the worst thing that's happened to him. Far from it. At age 4, as Stefan Bondy writes, "Gaines was shot in the neck. The bullet went through the right side and out the back under his hairline. One inch in another direction and it would have ripped through his jugular vein, killing the toddler."
Gaines is now waiting, like all his compatriots, on the CBA talks, but him it's more urgent. His contract runs out at year's end and he's recovering from a fractured hip. "It's like being back to square one".
- Sundiata Gaines reflects on gunshot wound to cope with NBA lockout - Stefan Bondy - The InterNets
Sundiata Gaines reflects on a frightening near-death experience from his childhood - Kelly Dwyer - Yahoo! Sports