According to AZ Central (h/t Cosby Sweaters), the Phoenix Suns are making moves and granting dreams. One young fan was a real Phoenix Suns player for a remarkable day that featured limousines and press conferences.
Jonah Zahm is a 12-year-old who suffers from a rare seizure disorder called pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy, one that mandates he take between 12 and 15 pills a day just to keep his seizures to a minimum.
The report states he had been on the Make-a-Wish radar for two years and was told a couple months ago he would be leaving from his home in Osco, Illinois and traveling to Phoenix —but he thought it was just to take in a game and possibly meet some players.
It was far better than that.
Zahm arrived at US Airways Center in a limousine and was greeted by a red carpet. Inside the arena, the enormous screen displayed his name.
From there, it was time to make it official.
“The star gets to sit where he likes,” Suns general manager Lance Blanks told Zahm as they met in the conference room behind a podium.
This was Blanks’ best signing. He presented Zahm with a contract for a day, worth at least $5,000 if he can find a lawyer to make it binding.
“Today is an exciting day in Suns basketball,” Blanks said. “I have the honor of introducing what I think will be the greatest Sun for a day in history.”
It could have all ended there and it would have been a perfect day for a kid who suffers from a disorder that has had only 100 reported cases since 1954.
The new Suns player walked into a locker room that housed his very own locker and was asked, "Is this the new starting point guard?" by his teammate Michael Beasley.
Luke Zeller promised to rebound for him at shootaround, Marcin Gortat gave him some dap and Shannon Brown locked him down on defense.
It was amazing.
Zahm even had lunch with his favorite player, Channing Frye, who was impressed with "how much knowledge he had. He was just rattling off numbers, stories and memories.”
Nobody knows how much this means to Zahm more than his father, Jon. He offered, "It’s not an easy life for him to swallow all those pills and have the weakness in the legs and feel faint. It’s a struggle. An opportunity like this lifts his spirits and lets him know there’s a lot of love out there for him."
It sounds like the Suns give young Zahm a respite on most days, offering up the solace only a sports team can do.
On Sunday, they did one better by making a dream come true. This will have to go down as the best NBA signing of the year.
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