Standing aspect by aspect in the course of the Compton Dominguez gymnasium on Friday night time wearing fits and holding up their framed basketball jerseys have been No. 32, Tyson Chandler, and No. 21, Tayshaun Prince, Dons for all times and two of the best gamers from Southern California.
The second was a very long time coming for the varsity and neighborhood, honoring people who weren’t solely historic gamers however true position fashions.
“Honestly, these are going to be some of the best moments of your life,” Chandler instructed members of this season’s Dominguez basketball workforce within the weight room earlier than their sport in opposition to Downey. “Don’t take none of these moments for granted. This is going to be your brothers for life. Things what you go through together is what makes you bond. You’ll never have this again.”
Prince instructed the identical gamers, “Whether basketball or whatever it may be, first have that vision to be great. What’s happening to me today is because I had a vision that I wanted to be great. I had obstacles along the way, ups and downs, how you get back up after you get knocked down.”
Each gained an Olympic gold medal. Each gained an NBA championship. Each gained a state championship. In highschool, from 1995 to 1998, the 6-foot-9 Prince gained 4 Southern Section titles and two state titles. He was a first-round draft select of Kentucky and performed from 2002 to 2016 within the NBA. The 7-foot Chandler performed with Prince his freshman yr at Dominguez and was profiled on CBS’s “60 Minutes” as an eighth-grader. He was the second choose total within the 2001 NBA draft by the Clippers coming straight out of Dominguez and performed within the NBA till 2020.
Chandler’s former highschool teammate, Bobby Jones, did the lobbying and group to lastly get the primary two of what needs to be many Dominguez gamers to have their jerseys retired. Next up certainly shall be Hall of Famer Dennis Johnson of Celtics fame.
“Retiring their jerseys and actually seeing someone come out of your high school and be able to be successful, that’s big for our community and our kids to see,” Dominguez coach Jonathan Davis mentioned.
One Dominguez participant mentioned “thank you” to Prince for coming again to speak to the workforce. It’s that type of appreciation that definitely shall be motivation for others to return quickly.
There’s a mural on a wall at Dominguez that includes Prince, Chandler and soccer’s Richard Sherman, honoring them as Dons and champions.
Chandler stood subsequent to the mural on Friday night time feeling emotional. “This is where it all started,” he mentioned carrying an L.A. cap. “To be able to come back here and have a mural up and my jersey retired, I’m so humbly grateful. It’s a great proud moment. I appreciate the love. Some great memories here.”
Prince, requested about his success, mentioned he had the precise help system and a imaginative and prescient “to make it to the NBA and whatever was going to be in my path, I wasn’t going to allow it to happen.”
Prince, 42, now works for the Memphis Grizzlies as vice chairman of basketball affairs. Chandler, 40, is a participant growth coach for the Dallas Mavericks, the workforce he helped win their first NBA championship in 2011.
It was an evening for jersey retirements. Huntington Beach Marina retired the jerseys of Cherokee Parks and Rich Branning. And Long Beach St. Anthony honored guard Darrick Martin with a jersey retirement.