On this, the 25th anniversary of the death of Hank Gathers, near midcourt in Gersten Pavilion at Loyola Marymount, before a packed house and during yet another LMU basketball victory rampage, we shall leave it to Erik Spoelstra to summarize the moment.
"Shuddering," Spoelstra said Tuesday.
The word is defined as follows: "To tumble with sudden convulsive movements."
Which is what Gathers did and what Spoelstra, standing nearby, saw and felt. It is also what he continues to feel 25 years later, when the subject comes up.
Spoelstra was then a sophomore point guard at the University of Portland. Now, he is among the elite coaches in the NBA, having...