The Lakers Signed An Incredibly Brave Kid Battling Brain Cancer To A One-Day Contract

02.01.16 2 years ago

This is will melt your heart. Eighteen-year-old Yitzi Teichman was diagnosed with brain cancer last year, and just 10 months after having surgery to remove a tumor, he got to experience the dream of a lifetime. Thanks to the Make a Wish Foundation, for one day, he got to experience what it’s like to be a Los Angeles Laker.

Tiechman, who appeared with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak to announce the signing, got to hang out with the Lakers in team meetings, shoot around with them before the game, and even sit on the bench during their loss to the Hornets on Sunday.

During the press conference to announce his signing, Tiechman had some great one-liners about how he accomplished his life-long goal. “It’s either you gotta be good at basketball or have cancer. So, I went with the cancer route.”

Teichman has a great sense of humor about his experience, but just months ago, his life was very much on the line, as he and his father described to NBA.com.

“We didn’t know what the future was going to be,” Michael said. “We didn’t know if he was going to live or die.”

And though comedy has fueled his recovery, Yitzi himself realizes how dire his diagnosis was.

“A lot of people who have my surgery end up in wheelchairs or dead,” he said. “The fact that I’m able to fly out here is amazing.”

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