The Philadelphia 76ers won't be making the playoffs this year, but they certainly act like champions.
The 76ers signed Kevin Grow, a high-school basketball player with Down Syndrome, to a special two-day contract yesterday, notes The Morning Call.
Grow is a senior at Bensalem High School in Bensalem, Pa., and the team manager for the boys' basketball team. His coach put him in the final two games of the season, and Grow scored 14 points (video below).
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The contract signing with the 76ers was held at a press conference with 76ers coach Brett Brown (pictured).
"I know you can shoot, but you can play defense, too, I say we give him a three-day contract," said Brown, notes Philly.com.
Grow stated, "It's great to be here."
"Everybody is very proud of what you have done and what you have accomplished is sensational," Coach Brown added. "You should be proud of yourself."
Yesterday, Grow practiced with the 76ers and ate dinner in the players' lounge.
Today, Grow will get his own locker and jersey, watch pregame warm-ups and be part of the "high-five tunnel" before the 76ers play the Cleveland Cavaliers.
There will also be a special on-court presentation for Grow and the Bensalem High School basketball team.